Art Brokerage: Japanese artist Yasu Eguchi. Born in Japan in 1938, Yasu Eguchi grew up during the catastrophic years of World War II and the painful time of rebuilding afterward. Even when has was a small boy, art played a leading role in his life creating was a natural part of him. Eguchi started on his own road to success in Japan, working in Western tradition as an Abstract Expressionist. From 1963 through 1966, he exhibited in many leading galleries in Tokyo, selling a considerable number of his works. His future as an artist seemed assured, and Eguchi was content. However, his move to the United States in 1967 began a long period of struggle for Eguchi, not only with the transition to the new American culture, but also with his own identity as an artist. In 1969, Eguchi moved to New York and began a deep personal identity search for a style that would be uniquely his own. The gentle blending of Yasu Eguchi of the artist and the man is reflected strongly in the collage of muted colors and feathery shapes in his landscapes. His pieces are composed of more than flowing brushstrokes and soft daubs of watercolor that mirror his fantasies and experiences as well. Eguchi's paintings give the illusion of landscapes abstracted from reality in dazzling snowy scenes of mountains, streams and valleys. His treatment of rocks and trees as simple shapes give his works a collage-like feeling, supported by his use of intercross texturing, an Eguchi trademark.
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