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"Hiroaki Miyayama: Color Etchings"
2002-12-13 until 2002-12-31
LeVall Gallery
Novosibirsk, , RU Russian Federation

This exhibition includes more than 50 etchings by Hiroaki Miyayama (Born 1955), who is a well known artist in Japan and as well as in the international printmaking community. He has generated color etching for almost 20 years. Most of the themes for these prints are dedicated to flowers amd floral explorations. His most recent project is connected with the famous Japanese novel "The Tale of Genji" written by Murasaki Sikibu in XI century. Mr. Miyayama has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Italy. He is president of the Japanese artist association PRINTSAURUS, joining more than 60 both mature and yound artists.

The techique in which all etchings were created was invented by Hiroaki Miyayama. It's completely original and unique. Although there are many paintings which have a gold or silver background and some printing techniques the artist uses a gold background applied by lithography and also few artists use wood-cut print. In the Azuchi Momoyama periode the gold background painting became popular among great samurai warriors. Gold is gorgeous. Their main motives, at the end of 16th century, were big pine trees, tigers, eagles, etc. In the Edo period the style became popular among the counties citizens. Their main motives were cherry trees or maples, small birds and flowers, etc. In this period the most important artist was Ogata Kourin. Around him there are many good artists. This is the Rinpa School in Japan. "Rin" is a part of the name "Kourin" and "pa" means school.

By the end of 18th century and the beginning of 19th century Sakai Houitsu began "Edo Rinpa". Original Rinpa was in Kyoto. One hundred years later Sakai Houitsu who lived in Edo (old name of Tokyo) rediscovered the greatness of Ogata Kourin. His main motif is almost identical to the original Rinpa. But his main works have silver backgrounds. His works were not as gorgeous as they were chic. The population found a feeling solitude in his works. Solitude doesn't mean unhappiness at can be found in themes of Haiku poems. In Miyayama's opinion Sakai Houitsu was a great artist which inspires him create his works with the same feeling.

Mr. Miyayama made workshops in National Taiwan Art College and in Frans Masereel Center in Casterlee, Belgium. He also gave demonstrations in Chamaleres Triennale France and Printmaking workshop in New York. He has also instructed classes at Seton Hall University, New Jersey.

This exhibition opens a set of solo exhibitions of well known Japanese artists: Seiko Kawachi, Takeshi Saito, Ryoji Ikeda etc. which will be held at LeVall Gallery in 2003.

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