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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.

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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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Discontinued December 2019
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B63263 (63-263 on package)
Retail price ¥1400