Japanese artist and LS Lowry: Spirit of the heart
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Time
Sawako Utsumi is a contemporary Japanese artist from northern Japan. She loves the art of LS Lowry and often depicts the opposite dimension regarding color, reflection, space and time. Therefore, his latest work of art, titled “LS Lowry via Japanese Artist and Heart Spirit,” offers several different sizes.
In the other artwork highlighted in this article by Utsumi – titled the Delicious “Lowry in Japanese Color, Space, and Time” – you also feel his artistic passion for Lowry. These striking works of art pay homage to Lowry – while Utsumi also expresses her own individual traits and perspectives – a treat.
Lowry began studying art at Manchester Municipal College of Art in 1905. He was soon intrigued by the ideas of Pierre Adolphe Valette, who came from France. Valette began teaching at Manchester Municipal College of Art in 1907 – which is why Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and other esteemed artists were studied and discussed.
Lowry said, “I cannot overestimate the effect on me at that time of Adolphe Valette’s entry into this dull city…He had a freshness and breadth of experience that elated his students.”
Lowry explained how decades of future artistic inspiration suddenly flooded into his artistic soul – out of the blue, despite being familiar with the same landscape for years. He said, “At first I hated it, then after years I got quite interested in it, then obsessed with it… One day I missed a train from Pendlebury – [a place] I had ignored it for seven years – and as I left the station I saw the Acme Spinning Company mill… The huge black frame of rows of yellow-lit windows standing against the dreary, damp sky of the ‘afternoon. The mill was turning… I looked at this scene – which I had looked at several times without seeing it – with delight…”
In Utsumi’s works of art concerning Lowry, the essence of color, alternative ideas, space, time and other realms are visible. For example, the dog and two cats in his latest artwork tell that their collective spirits are still close – despite their separation from this world. Also, instead of gloom angles tied to Lowry’s artwork, albeit unintentionally: Utsumi focuses on hope, light, and a world of joy that’s often hidden from the concept of industrialization and post-industrialization despite the difficulties that this entails.
So the individuals (two adults and one child) walking in the direction of the smoky chimneys in Lowry’s original – and other angles from the backdrop of industrialization – are replaced by an individual with a heart full of love and hope (the two cats and a dog being the spirits that remain in the heart and only a memory). Therefore, the landscape is lighter!
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sawako-utsumi.html – Sawako Utsumi and where you can buy her art, postcards, bags and other products. Also, individuals can contact her for individual requests.
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