Japanese calligraphy on paper
51 x 92 cm
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Japanese calligraphy on paper
55 x 92 cm
Lives and works in Kyoto (born in Iizuka city, Fukuoka and raised in Kyoto)
Started calligraphy training at the age of 5 - Graduated from Kindai University
Started receiving training under Ryosetsu IMAI at the age of 30
In 2011, 2012, 2014, selected for the Nitten Exhibition (one of the most prestigious fine arts exhibitions in Japan)
In 2017, determined to present his art works that transcend the boundaries of calligraphy to the world.
I am Hiroshi Wada, a calligraphy artist based in Kyoto, Japan.
I started practicing Japanese Shodo (literally means the way of calligraphy) at the age of 5. I won a prize several times in the Nitten exhibition, which is the biggest and greatest general art exhibition in Japan. Currently, I exhibit my works mainly in the US and Europe.
I aim to make Japanese classical calligraphy acknowledged as art that reaches an international level, which can be accepted as contemporary art and blended into scenes in the world, with out-of-the-box style, not following only the traditional way.
Black and white Japanese ink drawing on rice paper is quite simple but has the established styles performed since ancient times. But I try to forget everything that I have learned so far and start with a clear mind to draw each word like an innocent child. In this way, the works will form a vibrant union between the familiar and enigmatic, and an intriguing divergence between the past and present. Each drawing line will be refined and the word itself will be turned to avant-garde but still readable. This requires a high level of concentration, daily discipline, and skill. This is the calligraphy I wish to achieve.
As a calligrapher, I have been drawing various words. Each character has its own meaning. I am more than happy if people see my work and feel the meaning. Even if some people do not understand the word’s meaning, I hope they can feel something in their own way, such as relaxed, inspired, energized, or peace of mind.
My artwork might be considered as heresy from the standpoint of the classic traditional Japanese calligraphy. However, I believe unless we break classical traditions or common sense, truly new things cannot be made. This might seem strange now, but I strongly believe the time will come someday in the future, it may be several decades later or even hundreds of years later after I leave this world, and people will understand eventually my thoughts and way.
I create my work using the techniques of Japanese calligraphy. Although based on traditional calligraphy, I am not working on creating the classic calligraphy, but rather on “art of lines” that attempts to capture and transcend the essence of traditional calligraphy.
Drawing lines is often thought of as a simple and easy task that anyone can do. However, a line full of soul and life in it is not something that can be drawn easily. For me, half a century of training in calligraphy is the foundation for drawing a lively line. For example, a three-dimensional line like a tree branch, or a sharp line that would cut and bleed if touched with a finger. How the supporting lines complement the main line, or the battle between black and white. I find beauty in the echoes between lines. I draw Japanese letters, but I do not think there is a direct relationship between the meaning of the letters themselves and the beauty created by their lines.
Also, some of my works are damaged (stained). When the inevitable lines that I have drawn by my own hand are beautifully fused with the accidental damage (stains), an echoing also occurs. There is a fine line between accidental damage (stains) becoming garbage and miraculously fusing into beauty.
I wish to draw lively lines that have the power to move us.
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