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Japanese Art



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9 East 63rd Street
Floor 2
New York 10065

T (212) 288 2588

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Asia Week Exhibition 2021

Lacquer Works by Yoshio Okada

The exhibition is centered around two series: “Celestial Phenomena” and “Jellyfish”.

“Celestial Phenomena” depicts heavenly bodies seen through clouds. Okada uses the kanshitsu technique for most of the boxes, fashioning them from hemp cloth combined with lacquer sap. Their profiles match the sky’s curve.

Ocean creatures resembling multiple moons reflected on the surface of the night sea inspired Okada to create “Jellyfish”. An immersive sense of depth is achieved by executing the decoration in two layers.

Okada uses meticulous processes to achieve the lightest and most evanescent of visual effects. The resulting works are compelling fusions of time-honored skills with contemporary sensibility.

Winter Show 2021

Thomsen Gallery will present select works of Japanese art from the 6th century to the present, including folding screens and hanging scroll paintings, gold lacquer boxes, signed bamboo ikebana baskets, tea ceramics, and contemporary porcelain sculptures by Sueharu Fukami.