The Song of Japan - April 2017
For Immediate Release: April 7, 2017 - Middleburg, Virginia
The Byrne Gallery is proud to present Song of Japan, a celebration of the Cherry Blossom Season featuring the woodblock prints of Tadashi Nakayama, original watercolors, silk screens and works on paper of Pang Tseng Ying and vintage kimono and textile art from Japan from the collection of Susie Lipscher of Plum Blossom Kimono. The exhibit will begin on Thursday, April 5th and continue through Sunday, May 28, 2017. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend.
Tadashi Nakayama‘s work is considered to be one of the national treasures of Japan. The artist has enjoyed extraordinary success throughout his career since he has taken the traditional art form to a new and higher level of mastery and technique. Incorporating bold color and silver and gold leaf, his incredibly intricate woodblock prints on hand-made mulberry paper often require as many as 19 blocks, 45 colors and 53 stages of hand printing in order to create. His work has been widely collected and greatly admired throughout the world since the early 1960's.
Pang TsengYing was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1916, and grew up in Peking, China. Later after a successful career as an artist, he moved first to New York City and then to Maryland. He spent his lifetime learning, painting and teaching in China, Japan and the United States. He is considered a modern master in the field of watercolor a medium which he made his own after many years of painting and study in the classic Chinese tradition. His body of work includes stylistic elements and techniques of the three cultures in which he had lived, studied and painted during his very productive life. After having received his Masters Degree in Art in Japan, the artist returned to China to teach at numerous art colleges. An early career pinnacle was achieved when Pang was not quite 50 years old. Chiang-Kai-Shek, President of the Republic of China, awarded him the President’s award, the highest prize that any Chinese artist had ever received. Later on his work was included in prominent museum collections throughout the world.
Susie Lipscher began Plum Blossom Kimono in 1993 after completing a course in Surface Design & Embellishment of Fabrics at The Maryland Institute College of Art. The class taught hands-on training in traditional Japanese methods of resist-dyeing and stencil-dyeing of fabrics, and sparked an interest in vintage kimono. While marketing the authentic kimono she began to recycle the amazing textiles into luxurious silk neck scarves, obi pillows, and cards, which showcase the bright colors, intricate weaving, and rich designs of early, mid and late 20th century Japan.
Please come to visit the Byrne Gallery to see and enjoy Song of Japan on exhibit for April and May 2017. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.