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"White Lion 1982" by Hisashi Otsuka - $1,900 Reduced
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  • "White Lion 1982"

    1982

    Hisashi Otsuka

    Limited Edition Print
    Collotype

    Size: 39x28 in  |  99x71 cm

    Framed: 44x34 in  |  112x86 cm

    Edition: From the edition of 100

     
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    LISTING INFO
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    ARTIST BIO
    Hand Signed : Lower Left
    Condition: Excellent
    Framed with Plexiglass : Koa Wood
    Purchased from : Gallery 1984
    Provenance :
    Additional Info : Bought this while traveling to Hawaii and I wish to sell this paired with Red Lion if at all possible as they are a set. Kabuki theater presentation called Renjishi, a parable about a lion who throws his cub off a cliff and will rear him only if he strong enough to climb back up. The red lion is the son and the white lion is the father. I am selling these as a pair. \
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    The image with white hair is the father, and the red one is the child. \
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    These represent the famous Kabuki play, \"Renjishi\".\
    Peony flowers are printed on the costume according to the first line of the \"Renjishi\" story. From ancient the lion and the peony flower are considered that they make a pair due to the belief that both are the king of the beast and flowers. Thus \"Renjishi\" wear the peony printed costume.\
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    Lions used to be considered as the guardians of the palace of gods in Chinese tradition. This tradition was passed along into Japanese culture and it became the origin of Komainu, which are the statues of two dogs stand in front of Shinto shrine. Komainu used to called Shishi Komainu (lion and dog) and now it is thought that Komainu are the pair of dogs, but one of them meant lion.\
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    Komainu also guards the territory of people. You can see many Komainu on the roofs of houses in Okinawa. Those are called Shii Saa and protecting buildings.\

    Certificate of Authenticity : Images International of Hawaii
    LID : 115716
    Hisashi Otsuka

    Art Brokerage: Hisashi Otsuka Japanese Artist: Like the Samurai in many of his paintings on Fabric, Hisashi Otsuka is an artist of remarkable dedication. Schooled in Zen and the martial arts, he has lived and worked by the warrior's code of discipline and duty. Rooted in Japanese tradition yet adventurous in nature, he is known throughout the World for his boldness of color and style that mark him as truly unique. Otsuka's work today is a powerful balance of ancient Eastern techniques and modern Western ideas. His time- honored poets and warriors, kabuki figures, ukiyo-e women, and elegant calligraphy are steeped in the classical past. Yet in color and composition, his work achieves a vigorous, contemporary context. Monumental in scope and meticulous in detail, it offers a total aesthetic of heroic and subtle impact at once. Otsuka came to the west, Hawaii, in 1979. Until that time his painting had been historical in subject and theme. But now has emerged from the past in ways that are very exciting. In his brilliant neo- deco style, Otsuka's compositions have evolved to a decorative elegance. Otsuka's art has achieved an important transition: a cross cultural excellence that not only appeals to East and West artistically, but also brings them together in understanding. This, after all, is Otsuka's personal mission and he pursues it with splendid dedication. In New York, London, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Hawaii, Otsuka's one man shows have earned the highest praise. HIs international prominence increase year by year, making him truly a dominant force on the World art scene. To Otsuka, life and art create each other. He, the master, the warrior, devotes himself to the fabric of both, wielding his brush like a sword. Listings wanted.

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