While Japan’s tradition in bamboo art is centuries long, the art form has not received as much academic attention as one might expect 😎 That being said, there are great publications about Japanese bamboo art available to those interested in learning more about this medium’s artists, works, and history 😎 Many of these books have been out of print but can be found online or in libraries. We particularly recommend those written by our gallery’s founder and by our Director of Japanese Art, Rob Coffland and Koichiro Okada respectively. Below are some ideas to help you build your libraries.
The “Four Gentlemen” of Chinese art are bamboo, the plum blossom, orchid and chrysanthemum. These plants represent the four seasons. The orchid is spring, the chrysanthemum autumn, the plum bloom winter and the bamboo summer. These plants are often used to represent the four seasons in Chinese art, and they can be found in landscapes that depict them. Often bamboo is painted With pine trees or plum blossoms, the “Friends of Winter”, which were also mentioned. Animals that live in bamboo habitats such as sparrows, monkeys, and pandas are often shown in bamboo groves. Ceasar Langley, Valencia, Spain last edited this page 24 days ago
Ngv.vic.gov.au It also clarifies how the Japanese landscape is synonymous with bamboo groves. Additionally, bamboo crafts are one of Japan’s oldest and most important technical trades. The lightness, strength, flexibility and cylindrical structure of bamboo is suited to functionality as well as artistic applications, and the material has been used to create houses, furniture, artisan’s tools, kitchen utensils, fencing, fishing and animal traps, children’s toys, musical instruments and implements for Buddhist rituals, tea ceremonies, flower arranging and, in recent times, contemporary works of art and design. Bamboo: Tradition as Contemporary form celebrates the creative genius of Japanese bamboo artists. The collection includes traditional bamboo baskets, contemporary sculptural bamboo art, and lacquerware. Woodblock printsHistorical photographs, hand-printed books and historical photos from the NGV Collection as well as private loan collections.
Larry Hendrickson japanobjects.comTanaka Kyokusho’s beautiful designs are characterized by warm brown and gold colors, and stark black lines that create a strong contrast between colorand emotion. Kyokusho carefully considers the role of colourr and how they interact with other colors. Kyokusho uses pigments such as turmeric, gardenia and safflower to try to get back in touch with the ancient Japanese bamboo arts of earlier generations. His work is compared to that of the Shamisen (a Japanese string instrument). He says, “The sounds of the Shamisen gradually disappear and create a pause in the music, but this pause, without any sounds, is part of the composition in music.” (last modified 42 days ago by Jaryd Walden from Sanya, China)