花言葉 [flower language]
A presentation of recent works by photographer Callum Toy, complimented by floral focused woodblock and screen prints from the Pen etc collection of Japanese prints.
Each photographic print is produced as an edition of five, individually signed and numbered by the artist.
Callum Toy, a London based photographer who after graduating, worked towards shooting foreign correspondence. After moving to London he now works in luxury beauty, whilst his personal work revolves around nature. Beyond motion and stills his interest lies in mycology and neurosciences in their history, potential therapies as well as current and future links to the beauty sector.
Keika Hasegawa (active 1892 – 1905)
In Japan, the chrysanthemum, or kiku, is not just a beautiful flower, but the symbol of the sun, perfection, long life, power and nobility. It is the official flower of Japan and the seal of the Imperial family of Japan, as well as the insignia on every Japanese passport.
Artist Keika Hasegawa translated the graceful beauty of the flowers to the page in One Hundred Chrysanthemums, printed in 1893. Each delicately-colored woodblock print features a perfect bloom balanced atop a long single-stemmed plant. In life, cultivated through the art of ogiku (“single stem”), these plants can reach six feet tall with enormous blossoms the size of softballs.
Sugiura Kazutoshi (B.1938)
The works of Kazutoshi Sugiura and his mixed technique consist of three phases. First the artist applies the sheet of gold on the hand made paper. On top of that he sets his motif in silk screen press. With a stretched strongly woven silk towel he presses on it an abraded texture with lithography-colors. Finally he patinates the gold ground with a misty color in purple, blue or green, whichever lets the gold shimmer like a gem.