In this striking print, Night Flight, Japanese artist Tetsuro Sawada’s sparing use of colour within a restrained composition of horizontal lines results in an image that is forceful and dramatic. Sawada mastered the technique of “bokashi,” or shading, which creates gradations of colour and tone, both subtle and strong. In this image, night falls on a mountainous seascape and blackness rises into grey. The horizon (and its reflection on the sea) is rendered in a crisp yellow line. Night Flight is a graphic image whose direct and sharp lines result in a minimalist picture that is lucid and impactful.
|Provenance||Private Collection, Victoria, Canada.|
Born in Hokkaido, Tetsuro Sawada graduated from Musashimo Art University where he majored in western painting. In 1960, he began painting abstract oils and in 1973, he began producing lithographs and then silkscreen prints. In 1966-67, Sawada traveled in North and South America, and in 1969, he studied in France and Spain. In 1980, Sawada won a prize at the Norway International Print Biennial. Sawada’s works were included in exhibitions in Tokyo, Seattle and San Francisco. Often referred to as “the skyscape artist,” Sawada mastered the technique of “bokashi” (shading) which is most difficult in the the silkscreen medium. Sawada inked and printed all of his own prints and accomplished a striking juxtaposition of matte and shiny colours and achieved clean, stylistic precision – stark yet beautiful. His works are in numerous collections, including the British Museum, Cleveland Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum and the Honolulu Academy of Art.