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Hiroshi Senju (千住博)

Day Falls/Night Falls

April 16 – June 9, 2013

Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 33 1/2 x 66 7/8 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 33 1/2 x 66 7/8 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 66 1/8 x 146 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 38 3/16 x 51 5/16 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 38 3/16 x 51 5/16 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 51 5/16 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 51 5/16 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 89 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 89 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 89 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju, Falling Water, 2013, Acrylic and fluorescent pigments on Japanese mulberry paper, 63 13/16 x 89 1/2 inches © 2013 Hiroshi Senju

Press Release

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.

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.

Hiroshi Senju was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale (1995) and has participated in exhibitions around the world, including the Beauty Project at the London Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996; The New Way of Tea, curated by Alexandra Munroe, at the Japan Society and Asia Society in New York in 2002; and Paintings on Fusuma, at the Tokyo National Museum in 2007. Also in 2003, Mr. Senju completed seventy-seven murals at the Annex of Daitokuji-Jyukoin, a prominent Zen Buddhist temple in Japan. In 2004, he was the art director for the new Haneda Airport Terminal in Tokyo, where he completed one of his largest installations. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island, designed by Tadao Ando, also houses two large-scale installations. His most recent public installation is a waterfall in the OUB Centre in Singapore.

Hiroshi Senju’s work is in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan; Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo; The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; and the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan. The Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Ryue Nishizawa, opened in October 2011 in Karuizawa, Japan. 

Hiroshi Senju will be speaking about his work at Asia Society Hong Kong on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 pm.

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a.m. Post
Capturing the Passage of Time MAY 2013

Acclaimed Japanese artist, Hiroshi Senju's solo show in Sundaram Tagore Gallery awards the viewer a glimpse of serenity and an inkling of the passage of time as planet earth measures it rather than in fleeting human terms.

信報(優雅生活)
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信報(優雅生活)
信報專訪日本國寶級當代藝術大師"千住博" MAY 2013

〜藝術是想像的交流與傳達〜

The Glass Magazine
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The Glass Magazine
A Sense of the Sublime May 2013

Gazing upon Hiroshi Senju’s large-scale, mystical waterfalls, one isn’t immediately struck by the questions: What is beauty? What is art? “Here is beauty”, you think. “Here is art”.

Hong Kong Tatler
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Hong Kong Tatler
Sundaram Tagore Gallery Welcomes Hiroshi Senju April, 2013

Inspired by the beauty of waterfalls, Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju speaks with Hong Kong Tatler about his passion to create beyond nationality and embracing art as a global practice.

大公報
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大公報
千住博描繪巨幅螢光瀑布 April 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery 於4月16日至6月9日在香港隆重舉行享譽國際藝壇的日本當代藝術大師千住博(Hiroshi Senju)個人展覽:《日之瀑布.夜之瀑布》,呈獻一系列巨幅熒光瀑布畫作。

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Glowing, glowing, gone April 2013

Japanese artist Hiroshi Senju is a celebrated master of the 1,000-year-old Nihonga style of painting, which uses natural ingredients, such as ground rocks, shells and coral as materials.

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明報
水之幻影 April 2013

古哲先賢常道「智者樂水」,認為水既是天地萬物之源, 為人類供豐饒的物質,其萬千之姿也能讓人感悟造物的奧妙。日本當代藝術家千住博,同樣好奇「水」的幻變性,常跑到郊野觀察並將所見所想入畫,而他香港的個 人展覽"日之瀑布,夜之瀑布"中展示的螢光瀑布作品,就是他多年來跨越繁華與自然,現實與夢幻境界的重要藝術結晶。

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