Category Archives: Paintings

Hide Kawanishi (1894-1965)

hidekawanishiHIde Kawanishi was born in the international port city of Kobe, which inspired much of his work. He was a son of an affluent family of merchants but from childhood had always wanted to be an artist. He took a correspondence course in art from Tokyo but mostly he was self-taught, producing about a thousand print designs in his life. He is quoted on My Japanese Hanga as follows:

“I have never had a teacher of painting. I am absolutely self-educated and have painted what are not paintings. Having walked and found my own path, I am just what you may call a dilettante. I may complain about losing my youth, but there are things that I shall never lose such as innocent mind and thrills, creativity, originality, and a fresh sense of popularity and clarity. To become plain is the last thing I want to be.”

Images are from various sources.

Kazumi Yoshida

kazumiyoshidaKazumi Yoshida is a multimedia artist and long time art director of the American textile firm, Clarence House. His unique style and versatility can be seen in his paintings, textile designs and sculptures which has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan. You can see his work on his website and some of his colorful prints can be purchased at Tiger Flower Studio.

Images: Courtesy of Kazumi Yoshida.

Bruce McLean

brucemcleanBruce McLean is a Scottish performance artist and painter. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at St. Martin’s in London. At the age of 27 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery. After his studies he went on to teach at numerous art schools and today his work is in private and public collections world-wide. Rebecca Gordon, a Rise Art curator describes him as follows:

“Bruce Mclean is one of the major leading figures in Contemporary Art. He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints. His bold, confident approach to printmaking has proved extremely influential to his contemporaries and a younger generation of artists. The luminous colours and organic shapes give these works a fantastic expressive quality. Like so many great works of art, images of these prints sadly do not do them justice, they are truly great works, which in real life have a wonderful, vibrant energy that would suit any setting.”

You can follow the artist on Facebook and Projects Concepts.

Images: Courtesy of Rise Art.