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Japanese wisteria
Fujio Kawagishi
Item Number:9
Like pictures of flowering plants in an old illustrated book of flora, or like miniatures popular in the Edo period - Kawagishi has drawn 41 camellia leaves as illustrations for Tsubaki Shirabe, written by Touko Adachi, the head of a school of Kado (the art of flower arrangement), who admires Kawagishi's works.
His miniatures, which beautifully paint the four seasons in Japan, hold a graceful power and presence in their fine yet bold lines.
Kawagishi sublimates the images of his plants through a unique sense of design; he produces regal and beautiful pictures that are truly reminiscent of an old illustrated book of flora.
In this exhibition, Kawagishi takes flowers from Japan's four seasons and presents them in a way that flows much like a storybook.
We hope that in Ginza you will sense the feeling of these four seasons through Kawagishi's flowers.


1952 Born in Gunma Prefecture
1974 Graduated from the Department of Graphic Design, Tama Art University
Started working at a printing company
1989 Began producing a hand-drawn book entitled, Suika
1991 A total of 10 volumes of Suika were introduced in quarterly magazine, Ginka
(published by Bunka Publishing Bureau)
Held his first private exhibition
1992 Resigned from printing company and devoted himself to his book of paintings
2003 Displayed his work at "The World's Celebrated Flowers of Touko Adachi/ The
Tales of Camellia Exhibition" at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store

About the Artist