Art Topics

'Koji Suzuki'

Jun 18, 2014

'Koji Suzuki'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Where’s Waldo?” — these world-renowned children’s books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood. In Japan, Koji Suzuki is ...

'Shoko Uemura'

May 21, 2014

'Shoko Uemura'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was the eldest son of renowned nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949). Like his mother, Shoko trained in nihonga, and he became widely acclaimed for his kachō -ga (paintings of flowers and birds). Known to challenge the refined compositions of traditional ...

'Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita'

May 14, 2014

'Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As a writer, editor, presenter and designer, Tojiro Oshita (1870-1911) possessed many talents that contributed to and influenced his more famous work as a painter. He is often referred to as the father of Japanese watercolor painting, and his 1901 publication “Suisaiga no Shiori” ...