Katsu Yokoyama: The Floating Whirl
Playful Watercolors • Thoughtful Oils
Opening: Sat. June 9, 2012 • 7 to 10 pm
Katsu had always been aware of the work of the Japanese artist and printmaker, Hokusai, whose art spanned the 18th and 19th centuries, but never before had he seen him as a parallel to his own dreams of being an artist. Hokusai had been a revolutionary artist breaking so many aesthetic traditions with his work that collectors of his work often hid Hokusai’s work among their collections because of his rebellion against the established norms. Katsu saw him as a symbol of an artist true to his calling and thus about ten years ago began his subtle updating of the 36 Views of Mount Fuji, the classic work of Hokusai. He admits that, “I learned almost all my sense of patience by doing those challenging works.” Katsu continues to see his work as always working from nature, just as Hokusai would always work from forms in his homeland.
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