Art@Site Senju Hiroshi Waterfall

Senju Hiroshi



Metro Fukutoshin
Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju is known for his captivating, large-scale waterfall paintings. The artist is one of the few remaining masters of nihonga painting, a traditional Japanese style that’s typically painted on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk), using washes of natural pigments.
In Senju’s case, the artist paints on Japanese mulberry paper and uses a combination of acrylic and natural paints. An expert at capturing cascading water in motion, Senju humbly describes his process by saying, 'I use water and gravity and paint waterfalls.'
Hong Kong, March 21, 2013 – Hiroshi Senju (b. 1958), one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary artists, will present new fluorescent waterfall paintings in the exhibition Day Falls/Night Falls at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Hong Kong.
Noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, often monumental in scale, Hiroshi Senju combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan.
In his most recent paintings, the New York-based artist uses fluorescent pigments to create waterfall images, a style he first explored in 2007. These paintings are black and white in daylight, yet under ultraviolet light they fluoresce an arresting electric blue. An ode to the ubiquitous city lights of our contemporary existence, Senju’s waterfalls hover between night and day as he successfully straddles the realms of industry and nature, the material and the ethereal.
Widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-year-old Nihonga style of painting, Senju seamlessly combines traditional Japanese techniques and materials with a modernist visual vocabulary. He uses mineral pigments made from ground stone, shell and corals and animal-hide glue binders. With incredible delicacy, he pours translucent paint onto mulberry paper mounted on board, creating the sensation of unrestrained movement. Evoking a deep sense of calm, his waterfalls conjure not just the appearance of rushing water, but also its sound, smell and feel. The artist began exploring the waterfall image in the early 1990s and has continued to perfect it since then. He first used fluorescent pigments by chance in 2007 and was struck by the beauty of the paint’s intense blue color when viewed under ultraviolet light. This current exhibition marks a return to the dramatic fluorescent medium .