Shobyoga, paintings on sliding doors;
fusuma, and freestanding folding screens, BYOBU, while not
unique to Japan, were
developed into major formats for painting in the Momoyama
Tokugawa periods. Over [a] foundation of wood, pieces of
paper are pasted to build up a backing that can
support the surface, usually paper, but occasionally silk, on which a
painting has been executed. Each fusuma door is provided with an
outer frame, usually black lacquered wood; and a metal
handhold near one edge, enabling the door to be pushed back and forth
without damaging the painted surface.
BYOBU panels are narrower than fusuma
are joined together with a complicated system of hinges; The perimeter of
the whole is framed, usually with wood that is
lacquered black. During the Momoyama period, byobu
and fusuma came
into wide use in residential architecture
for the nobility, the daimyo and samurai,
and wealthy townsmen, and in
conjunction with this there developed a new aesthetic of bright colors,
including gold and silver paint on a ground of gold leaf
or occasionally silver leaf. It has been suggested that gold leaf
became popular because it reflected and augmented the dim
light in castles. Another theory is that specific landscape screens
using gold leaf and bright colors were intended to suggest
the gold and jeweled environment of Amida's Western
Paradise. While both of these conjectures are justifiable, it is
true that gold grounds were a natural
expression of the sudden affluence of the Momoyama period. Japanese gold leaf
known to be the thinnest in the world, and the technique for making it
is labor intensive.
"Waterfall w/ Moon and Maples" each
panel 80 x 24 inches 2000
"Abstract Arrangement W/ Circles" each panel 80
x 24 inches 2001
"Dragonfly and Bellflowers" (Red Version) each panel 80 x 32 inches
3 Panel one sided Screen OR Triptych 80 x 78 inches
Four Panel one sided screen 2002
EACH PANEL: 80" X 14"
. . .
The Following Two Panels are variations of existing work computer
constructed as recommendations for upcoming commissioned projects.
Sided "Screens" may also be viewed / installed as Triptych Paintings
each panel 80 x 24 inches: overall 80 x 73 inches
Triptych View #1
Triptych View #2
Wall Mounted Headboard 2001 Cherry Blossoms W/ New Moon 2001
Design No. 3C-01
x 80 inches 60 x 48 Inches 80 x36 inches
Basic Categories of Trompe L'Oeil
Faux moldings: details such as moldings, columns, and niches.
Grisalle: French for "shades of gray", Ornamentation.
Polychrome ornaments: Same as grisalle but using colors.
Murals: are large scale trompe l'oeil, combining three dimensional
architectural elements with landscape/figures.
Trompe l'Oeil marquetry: both stone and wood are used instead of paint.
Trompe L'Oeil paintings: fine art still life incorporating trompe l'oeil
Trompe L'oeil- pronounced:
trump-loy, translated from French means "to
deceive the eye". It is a technique used by [still life] artists to trick
the viewer into believing that the objects that he is looking at are real.
As trompe l'oeil artists it is our goal to give the impression of depth
where there is none and to give the impression of volume where there is only area.
The trompe l'oeil tradition in painting is rooted in antiquity. From the
Natural History by Pliny the Elder, we have descriptions of the use
of this technique...
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