Ryo Arai & ITARO  "Essence of Edo-Tokyo"

Exhibition: 27 October - 19 November 2011
Private View: 27 October from 17:00
Opening Party: 27 October from 19:00
Gallery Talk by hariko artist Ryo Arai: 28 October 19:00–20:00
(free, preregistration recommended)

Both hariko (traditional Japanese paper mâché) and netsuke (a traditional miniature carving) are specialty carving techniques whose roots date back to the Edo period. This exhibit will feature modeling artist Ryo Arai's technique-filled "Yokai Hariko" series works and unique two & three dimensional works by ITARO who is pursuing a new genre combining the technique of both woodblock engravings and netsuke carving.

Artists: Ryo Arai (hariko figures) & ITARO (netsuke/wood engraving)

Ryo Arai(b.1958; Tokyo, Japan)

Arai is a rare figurative artist in Japan specialising in traditional Japanese papier-mâché, an artisan craft inherited from the traditional papier-mâché toys originally from the Edo period. Such disciplines are now under threat of extinction. As an artist he has positioned himself to extend the possibilities of paper and continues to create and express everything with this humble medium. His style of papier-mâché realism is well known as book cover designs for a popular writer Kyogoku Natsuhiko's "Bakemonotsuzura" (Monster bag).
Artist Profile

ITARO (b.1961; Chiba, Japan)

While mainly creating detailed carving work using netsuke carving techniques, ITARO also makes two-dimensional works under his name ITARO Yamamoto. He is creating works that utilizes the techniques of both block print and netsuke carving.

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