Sundaram Tagore is pleased to announce that Hiroshi Senju has just completed a powerful series of Waterfall paintings, his first since 2015. He has created these works for a three-city exhibition. They debut at our New York galleries (Chelsea and Madison Avenue), then will travel to London for the opening of our new space at Cromwell Place in London, followed by an exhibition at our Singapore gallery.
Famous for being the home to numerous Buddhist temples, Mount Koya, a sacred site of Shingon Buddhism, celebrated its 1,200th anniversary in 2015. On this occasion, painter Hiroshi Senju was commissioned to create a work of art unlike any other, a fusuma-e of gigantic dimensions.
They may look simple, but Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju's sublime waterfall and cliff paintings have an enthralling quality about them that transports the viewer right to the actual scene of the waterfall.
This wide-ranging exhibition examines the phenomenon of globalization where cultures are colliding and melding as never before through the work of forty-four painters, sculptors, photographers and installation artists who are exploring the notion of cultural boundaries. These emerging and established artists—who come from a vast geographical landscape stretching from the West to Asia to Africa—share a truly global perspective, both in their physical existence, living and working between cultures, and their artistic endeavors.
Abu Dhabi Art : Japan’s natural treasure by Anna Seaman
November 6, 2014
Abu Dhabi, UAE
For me, it is a testament of courage and class when a gallery chooses a solo show for an art fair. Most booths are full with a cacophony of artists, some well curated, others not, but the vast majority are from a group of artists. After all, fairs are places to sell and more artists attract more buyers.
So, when I discovered Whitestone Gallery from Tokyo tucked away at the back of Abu Dhabi Art with a gorgeous solo show from Hiroshi Senju, I knew I would be giving them coverage.
The exquisite works in Hiroshi Senju’s series “Cliffs,” 2012—eleven mixed-media paintings, one triptych, all on mulberry paper mounted on board—appear to illustrate Lao-tzu’s idea of Tao as a sort of universal flow or elemental flux informing all things.
Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju is best known for the serenity of his large-scale waterfall paintings that he has made since 1990. His recent cliff paintings that he has developed since 2007 articulate both artistic and metaphysical tension.
"Humans need to commune with the elements of nature and art at its best can provide such an experience of communion. Artists often reflect on nature and transform it into intensely condensed metaphors, poems, and songs.Through his sublime paintings, Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju has contemplated multiple facets of water, especially its fundamental power, for almost twenty years [...]n essence, he transforms solid materials from the earth to create images of elusive aquatic torrents."
Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.
And Finally, after being interested in the sky, I discovered the waterfall. I felt something clicking as if I recognized some kind of DNA that I had in me, like a past memory. I find that a lot of people whether they are Europeans, Americans or Japanese have similar feelings towards waterfalls. I find that these emotions go beyond the boundaries East/West, or old/new. Once I understood what art was all about and that art should go beyond people's boundaries, it was very important for me to further explore that path.
"...Senju creates, from the most simple of low-tech means, cinematic spectacles that appear to be in motion. They are startlingly beautiful works - perhaps too beautiful, since we tend to be wary of beauty - and raise the question of optical trickery, although the trickery is completely transparent..."