SHIBUSA (Katagami) Series
The Shibusa series are oil paintings derived from research in Kyoto in 2011 as part of a Leverhulme Trust Award Artist in Residence project within the Music Department of the University of Huddersfield and collaboration with composer Professor Monty Adkins.
The paintings (oil on canvas) draw upon colour, pattern, rhythm and vibration, associated with kimono fabrics and katagami stencils, and frequently juxtapose these with quieter, understated greys, shadows and subtle interplays of light.
These extractive works observe distinctions within Japanese visual culture - sometimes celebratory, playful and exuberant, at other times subtle, introspective and reflective.
The works are produced using bespoke tools, combs and 'dysfunctional' brushes to produce intriguing oscillating effects set against quieter, meditative, colour fields.
The KATAGAMI series are also based on Japanese research..
These works exhibited as ‘Patterns of Shadows by Pip Dickens’ at The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation London in 2012.
Extracts from all Chapters of ‘Shibusa - Extracting Beauty’ can be read at my blog
Book launched March 2012:
Shibusa - Extracting Beauty
Edited by Monty Adkins and Pip Dickens
Size: 280 x 210mm
Number of images: 97
Images in colour: 89
published by University Huddersfield Press
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