23 May – 16 June 2012 at the New Albion Gallery, Australia
In the photo, above: a work of Masami Teraoka
Opening reception on Wednesday 23 May from 6 to 8pm. Presentation of Teraoka’s work by Doug Hall AM, in the presence of the artist, please RSVP to Adam Sims on 02 9287 0609
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Japanese born and classically trained, Masami Teraoka left for America in the 1960s where his deep understanding of Japanese traditions was to combine with Western modernism. His watercolours and woodblock prints invoked the Japanese Ukiyo-e tradition of beauty and faultless craftsmanship, but his interest in social commentary and the globalisation of culture saw him create work which is elegantly witty and candidly ironic.
His recent paintings are consumed with an elegant grandeur in which personal, political and religious conduct is presented like fantastic allegories of the Northern Renaissance. They have all the passion and torment of his European precursors but are unambiguously of our time.
Teraoka has exhibited and been collected internationally, and is the subject of widely published articles. Ascending Chaos: The Art of Masami Teraoka 1966-2006 was published in 2007. His exhibition with New Albion Gallery is rare and important. It is a retrospective and includes work from his formative years to the present.
New Albion Gallery, 55 Oxford Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia.
phone +61 2 9287 0609,fax +61 2 9287 0611.