hiroshige fukuhara's black sculpture and drawing series
original content
aug 24, 2013
hiroshige fukuhara's black sculpture and drawing series


hiroshige fukuhara
‘the generation (fish)’, 2012
390 x 370 x 480 mm (15.4 x 14.5 x 18.9 inch)
resin, black gesso, teakwood
image © hiroshige fukuhara, courtesy ai kowada gallery

 

 

 

contemporary japanese artist hiroshige fukuhara‘s craftsmanship and cultural influence is evident in his series of sculptures and drawings. the hand-carved teakwood statues, coated in black gesso and resin, fuse classic japanese elements with a modern approach — in one, a horse becomes tangled in leaves, and in another a koi fish is camouflaged beneath an abundant array of flora. the glossy pieces contrast his drawings, which employ very simple media, pencil and canvas.

 

fukuhara draws directly on the material, covering it from end to end, without making any drafts or prior compositions. the result is intricately hand-rendered traditional japanese art motifs on black painted panels. the scattered and interwoven elements are typical to fukuhara’s creative approach. the low-contrast pieces reveal an image that is barely visible, rendering various perceptions. depending on the environment — such as distance to the canvas or lighting. the viewer is called on to change their position and angle, finding a space in which the drawings can best be seen.

 

 

 the video below gives insight into fukuhara’s creative process, showing the real-time creation of one of his drawings:

 


drawing 003 :: hiroshige fukuhara
video courtesy of hiroshige fukuhara


‘the generation (mare)’, 2012
300 x 400 x 140mm (11.8 x 15.7 x 5.5 inch)
resin, black gesso, teakwood
image © hiroshige fukuhara, courtesy ai kowada gallery

 

 


‘the night (flower)’, 2012
570 x 480 mm (22.5 x 18.8 inch)
pencil, black gesso on wooden panel
image © hiroshige fukuhara, courtesy ai kowada gallery

 

 


‘the night (cascade)’, 2012
570 x 490 mm (22.5 x 19.3 inch)
pencil, black gesso on wooden panel
image © hiroshige fukuhara, courtesy ai kowada gallery

 

 


‘the night (fish)’, 2012
570 x 500 mm (22.5 x 19.7 inch)
pencil, black gesso on wooden panel
image © hiroshige fukuhara, courtesy ai kowada gallery

 

full article here

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library