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Contemporary art with calligraphy

The Japanese tradition of calligraphy as art means that no clear line is drawn between "Art" and "Inscription", allowing a free display of a synthesis that defies simplistic Western classification. These artists all employ contemporary painting styles, yet preserve the feel of a now-gone era.

Note: The translations of titles are mine.

Seven lucky gods
© Ishikawa Mari

1000: Seven lucky gods

The main caption (満願七福神 man-gan-shichi-fuku-jin) means literally "All wishes (come true) seven lucky gods", and they are all listed with their specialities: long life, riches, health, and so on. As always, they arrive in the treasure boat...

Born in 1968, Ishikawa Mari is a successful commercial illustrator. Fond of traditional Japanese styles, she produces work with a combination of calligraphy and art in a very jolly manner. Ishikawa is her family name.

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Discontinued August 2019
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10639 (1000-639 on package)
Retail price ¥3000
Year of the horse
© Youseki Miki

300: Year of the horse

Nine jolly horses, some with riders, one from the nursery, gallop past Mount Fuji. There have to be nine, because this makes everything uma- (horse) ku (nine) iku (go), that is "go well".

Born in Kyushu in 1966, Youseki Miki studied calligraphy, and after graduating from university embarked on a career as a commercial designer. He has developed a distinctive style of illustrated calligraphy with a contemporary, jovial touch. He writes his adopted brush name Youseki with nonstandard romanisation, to be read as the English word "you" plus "seki". (Miki is his family name, and his real name is Izuru.)

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B63263 (63-263 on package)
Normally ¥1400 - special offer 10% off: ¥1260 (approx. US$11.89 €10.77 £9.84)
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