Rikai (Understanding)

The Collie Art Gallery was honored to display unique collection of woodblock prints by renowned master printmaker Hiroshi Tomihari (b. 1936). Named as a Japanese ‘National Treasure’, Tomihari specialises in a style of printmaking known as modern Moku Hanga. Repetitive rhythmic contours that allude to the female form or a single standing female figure often feature in Tomihari’s compositions. Recognisable landmarks and wildlife are also popular motifs. Tuart trees, kangaroos, Wave Rock or the Perth city skyline reflect his many visits to Australia. The exhibition also included kimonos that enhanced the Japanese ambience of the show.

The Rikai (Understanding) exhibition opened on 24th February attended by a crowd of enthusiastic people who had a liking both for art and Japanese Culture. The opening speech to the attendees of the opening was made by Trudi Curran, the Chairperson of the Collie Gallery Group, who gave a brief history of kimonos and explained about the works of Hiroshi Tomihari, in particular. She continued to thank all the people who loaned to the exhibition.

Lenders of the gorgeous kimonos, Japanese memorabilia, and bonsai plants include (from left to right) Kathryn Hopkins, Zara Cornish, Shani Kaitani, Keith Hopkins, Libby Hopkins, and Bill Cooper. Absent in the picture is Jenny Byatt, who contributed to the exhibition with lots of memorabilia, some of which currently on display at the gallery.

On loan courtesy of the City of Busselton and the Busselton and Sugito Sister Cities Association.

This exhibition opened at 6pm on the 24th of February 2017 at the Collie Art Gallery and was on display until the 9th of April.

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