Art Exhibition: Works On Nature & Dance/Movement By Hiroko Imada
Date: 10am – 10pm, Sat 16 March – Sun 7 April 2013
Venue: The Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL
Japanese artist Hiroko Imada is a graduate of the Slade, and has been living and working in London for over 20 years. She is a member of Palace Wharf Studios, and has drawn much artistic stimulation from its prime riverside location.
In this show she presents works inspired by her two primary passions – Nature and Dance/Movement – and which explore them using various two dimensional techniques.
She likes to use a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, and installation, and to find the primary characteristic of each. Her vivid and powerful use of colour, and her strong brush strokes, express the movement, energy and life of her chosen subjects.
Hiroko takes classical ballet classes in her free time, and the Dance/Movement series expresses her love and admiration of dance.
She has recently developed an innovative technique in printmaking – lithography on plywood – and this is the first time her works using this method will be on show to the public. This technique is a combination of lithography and woodcut, but without the use
of a metal plate. Instead, the plywood is processed as a lithographic plate and then the woodcut image is carved onto the same space. Thus both an oil base and water base can be applied to the plywood at the same time.
This exhibition is an opportunity to see not only her dynamic paintings, but also these rare print works.
Works on Nature and Dance/Movement is registered with Japan400, a collection of events taking place throughout 2013 to commemorate the start of diplomatic, trading, scientific and cultural relations between Britain and Japan in 1613. Japan400, which included the lavish play Anjin: The Shogun and the English Samurai, celebrates the spirit of discovery and mutual regard that has inspired many successful collaborations and a remarkable friendship between two societies on opposite sides of the world.
About the artist:
Born in Tokyo, Hiroko Imada studied at the Tokyo Zokei University and later at The Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). Her degree show in 1992 caught the attention of Times Art Critic David Cohen, who described her work as ‘heralding an impressive new talent’. In 1992, Hiroko was awarded the British Council Fellowship for her achievements at The Slade. She is now based in London.
Hiroko works in various different media and has lectured at universities including University College London, University of the Arts London, as well as at art colleges and and higher education schools throughout the UK. She also specializes in teaching Japanese woodblock printing, papermaking and folded screen making, and established a Japanese woodblock printing course at the British Museum in 2000. Since then, she has been teaching there regularly. In addition, Hiroko has held workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Durham Oriental Museum and Bristol City Museum, as well as at many other museums and art galleries. Since 2008, she has been invited to run the Japanese Woodblock Printing workshop at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, every year.
Hiroko has exhibited throughout Europe and Japan. She was invited to present her work as a British representative at the 20th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and she was the Japanese representative at a three-person exhibition ‘Oriental Triangle’ by the Youth Foundation, Oporto, Portugal. Most recently, in April 2012, she was invited to present her installation work at the International Seminar of Dance Education for Children & Youths at Vantaa, Finland.
Her works from part of several important collections, including the Central Japan Railway Company; Tokyo Electric Power Company; University College London; the Youth Foundation, Oporto; the British School in Rome; Berlin City Library; Children and Youth Art Library, Germany; Nissinbo Trade Union, Japan; as well as many other public and private collections.
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