SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI

Silkscreen. Born 1938 Kyoto. Kyoto Municipal College of Fne Arts; Kyoto National Museum Japanese classical painting.

Permanent Collections: The British Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum and numerous private collections. Solo exhibitions in New York, Portland, Maryland, Washington, Australia, Canada, Japan.

Sugiura has been inspired by flowers for years, and he has an enthusiastic audience who appreciates every interpretation he makes of irises, peonies, roses, cosmos, camellias, chrysanthemums, or spider lilies. He is in particular noted for his compositions of irises and has made more than one hundred different iris prints. Sugiura relies on traditional Japanese techniques to execute his beautiful silkscreens. He applies squares of gold leaf, in the same way old screens were made, onto handmade Japanese paper. His next silkscreens his floral subjects onto the gold leaf. As each tone requires a separate screen, a colourful and complicated print may go through twenty printing stages. Next, blocking out the flowers, he uses a wash of pale shades of blue, purple, or green to cover the rest of the work, thereby toning down the glittering gold leaf and softening the effect. The result is visually relaxing, and soothing.

SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI:  Camellia No. 16
Title: Camellia No. 16 - SOLD OUT
Date: 2005
Medium: Woodblock with gold leaf
Edition: 40
Image size: 32 x 32cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Poppy No.10
Title: Poppy No.10 - SOLD OUT
Date: 2010
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 30
Image size: 32 x 20cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Chinese Bellflower No.6
Title: Chinese Bellflower No.6
Date: 2007
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 30
Image size: 32 x 20cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Peony No.27
Title: Peony No.27 - SOLD OUT
Date: 2004
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 50
Image size: 32 x 21cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Persimmon No.6
Title: Persimmon No.6
Date: 2003
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 55
Image size: 20 x 32cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Camellia No. 10
Title: Camellia No. 10
Date: 1996
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 60
Image size: 31 x 20cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Camellia No. 17
Title: Camellia No. 17 - SOLD OUT
Date: 2007
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 30
Image size: 32 x 20cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Iris No. 163
Title: Iris No. 163
Date: 2008
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 30
Image size: 58 x 36cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Peony No. 19
Title: Peony No. 19
Date: 1993
Medium: Silkscreen
Edition: 80
Image size: 57 x 35cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Peony No. 25
Title: Peony No. 25
Date: 2001
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 46
Image size: 20 x 32cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Iris No. 162
Title: Iris No. 162
Date: 2007
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 35
Image size: 58 x 36 cm
SUGIURA KAZUTOSHI: Hydrangea No. 1
Title: Hydrangea No. 1
Date: 2008
Medium: Silkscreen with gold leaf
Edition: 30
Image size: 33 x 20 cm