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Sumie - The Japanese art of ink painting


In this very elegant book, the Japanese master Shozo Koike illustrates all the secrets and basic principles of sumie, a traditional art form that better than any other expresses the most authentic spirit of Japan. This ink painting technique, heir to a thousand-year history that has produced masterpieces of ineffable refinement, is able to capture like no other the purest and deepest essence of nature thanks to a few simple strokes of the brush and a skilful use of the ink and shades. Ink, brush and paper are the protagonists of this volume, in which painting and calligraphy come together in over 20 models to be created with the fascinating sumie technique following the master's instructions.

Reasons of interest:

  • An elegant volume dedicated to an increasingly popular art in Italy and around the world.
  • An indispensable guide for enthusiasts, with refined illustrations and detailed explanations.
  • Over 20 traditional patterns that will help the beginner understand and master the ancient Japanese art of sumie.
  • Essential graphics, to illustrate the techniques in a simple but refined way.
  • History of the sumie, glossary of terms and video tutorials with step-by-step instructions for each model, accessible via link or QR Code.
  • Size: 23.2 × 30.6 cm
  • 184 pages
  • 4 color printing
  • Hardback with cloth spine
  • ISBN 978 2 88935 132 9

Shozo Koike was born in Okaya (Nagano) Japan. After studying at the Taiheiyo Academy in Tokyo and a work and artistic career in Japan, he moved to Italy to study restoration in Florence and has lived in Piedmont since 2010. He holds courses and workshops on traditional Japanese sumie ink painting in various cities in Italy and abroad. He has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in several galleries, including the Hina Gallery in Nishinomiya, Hyogo ken (2002 and 2007), the Daimaru Art Salon in Osaka (2003) and the Akane Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo (2005 and 2009).

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