Luz represented Otsuka for nearly ten years at the Peninsula Art Exchange, her previous gallery at Fashion Island Shopping Center in the 1980's/1990's. She held several one-man shows with him in attendance during that time. She still has a number of his pieces in her inventory, but if you don't see the one you want just give her a call and she'll get it for you. Several examples of pieces she currently has available are shown below following the biography.
Otsuka (pronounced with the accent on the "0") was born thirty-six years ago, in Tokyo, into an exceptionally creative family. His natural artistic talents were encouraged and eventually developed formally in apprenticeship to one of Japan's foremost designers of kimonos, Taeko Jo. When Otsuka first came to Jo, he did little more than clean brushes and cook for the staff. The Bushido code, which specifies training in all the arts and sciences, even for the Samurai, determines that the technique of the art form is taught only after the student has learned service, duty and discipline. It was three years before Otsuka could cut a piece of cloth or paint a single stroke, but he learned patience and dedication essential to his art. Otsuka remained with Jo for eight years. When he left, the master paid his pupil the supreme compliment: Jo bought one of Otsuka's works.
In addition to rigorous self-discipline and dedication, Bushido training also encourages fierce independence and aesthetic sensitivity. For Otsuka these last two requirements clashed with the most basic tenants of Japanese aesthetics, that contemporary arts seek the perfection of traditional forms, that they retrace the inspirations of the old masters and not embellish classical accomplishments. Enormous social and spiritual pressures compel today's Japanese artist to conform to the designs, styles and colors of the past. Otsuka found this pressure stifling. His own aesthetic, more inventive, sought to design new compositions, in larger works, with brighter colors. Inevitably his work communicated the vitality, the dynamic excitement, of his own soul.
Otsuka brought to the West all the gifts Japan and its culture can bestow on an artist, in return, the West gave him the opportunity to express himself freely and rewarded his expression by its "grateful acceptance" of his work, as witnessed by the large and growing number of his collectors. The Western world has good reason to be grateful. Except to those few who have a special affinity for Japanese cultural values, or who have trained themselves to appreciate them, the understated colors and static forms of Japanese art have always seemed remote and unexciting to western collectors. The West has traditionally required, for excellence in art of whatever form, some element of uniqueness, of individuality and originality. The art which excites us most is art that unsettles us, that, by a new approach, a different perspective, an unusual arrangement of forms or ideas or symbols, a bold expressive use of color, startles us into some new perception or insight. Otsuka does this. Most westerners know the traditional designs, colors, styles, and forms of classic ukiyo-e. Few are moved by them. In Otsuka we find them in large compositions with unusual kimono designs, flowing hair, bright colors, movement and grace. These appeal to us. And as we enjoy Otsuka's individual and unique paintings for themselves, they move us gradually and inevitably to a greater appreciation and understanding of the older forms and cultural values of Japan
The Kiss: a signed mixed media print....beautifully representative! Dimensions: 27 1/2 " x 22 " Framing will be quoted based upon collector's specifications.This is the "White Kiss." The signed "Silver Kiss" is also available.
Regular Price: $450 Sale Price: $250
Sword of Strength
At the heart of Japanese culture is the Samurai code of Bushido. Its tenets are rigorous and exacting: the warrior is courageous, loyal, honorable, self-controlled and courteous unto death. Nowhere is this concept better expressed than in the classic Legend of the 47 Ronin.
This tale of 18th century Japan tells of 47 Samurai who avenge the treachery of Lord Kira that forced ritual suicide, seppubu, on their noble Lord Asano, brought disgrace to the Asano clan and left the Samurai without a master. Their dedication to Bushido, that ended with their honorable death by seppuku, made national heroes of these brave men.
In the three centuries since these dramatic events took place, the 47 Ronin have been celebrated in drama, theatre, songs and stories.
This signed limited edition mixed media print includes silkscreening, embossing and metal stamping techniques. Framing will be quoted based upon collector's specifications. Dimensions: 17 1/2 " x 25 ".
Regular Price: $450 Sale Price: $250
Sword of Loyalty
This signed limited edition mixed media print includes silkscreening, embossing and metal stamping techniques. Framing will be quoted based upon collector's specifications.
Regular Price: $400 Sale Price: $250
Spirit of America
A beautiful limited edition serigraph signed by Hisashi Otsuka. One of his wonderful fan designs. Dimensions 17 " x 26 ". Price $1,750 framed.
Regular Price: $2,500
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