石井 抱旦 ISHII Houtan
石井 抱旦 ISHII Houtan
石井 抱旦 ISHII Houtan
Scattering points, penetrating lines, where there are millions of light swirling, infinite memory of silence

Artist Statement

In 1990, I award the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition Grand Prix. Since then, I stop creating works using large brushes which many people do.
Start creating the series.
I've always pursued the below things in these series.
  • Image visualization
  • Development of materials and techniques
  • Thinking from a different angle
  • New understanding of Japan
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I've created these series on the same desk as writing calligraphy. And these series are related, naturally occurring, and running simultaneously.

- History of my series -
Gate
Between existence and non-existence / the entrances on this side and another side (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
Space
Images of floating / something that appears between drawing and writing (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
A line
Fluctuations, protruding things (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
Polishing
Polishing paper result in a distorted margin space (paper, acrylic paint, mineral pigment)
COSMOS
Techniques for not-writing / unconscious lines / Automatism (PVC sheet)
Surreal-person
Unlikely figure/decalcomania (photographic paper)
Watery Sumi ink
Zen / Stillness / Margins space / reverberations / one side Sumi ink bleeding (Japanese paper)

"COSMOS" Special Exhibition / Feb. 2018 16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo) - 石井抱旦「コスモス」特別展 第16回NAU21世紀美術連立展受賞による(六本木、国立新美術館)2018年2月

"COSMOS" Special Exhibition / Feb. 2018 16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo)
CV
ISHII Houtan
 
1947  Born in Sagae City, Yamagata Prefecture in 1947. Lives in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Judge member of Mainichi Calligraphy Exhibition
 
Solo exhibition
1990〜 Chigasaki City Cultural Center, Ginza Gallery Shimon, etc. 7 times
2018  16th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo)
 
Overseas exhibition
1980〜 Europe Tour, USA Tour, Beijing Exhibition, Berlin Exhibition, Seoul Exhibition, etc.
2013〜 Japan-US Art Exchange Exhibition Kanazawa, Tokyo, USA 3 times
2015  East Asian Cultural City 2015 Gwangju National Asian Cultural Hall of Korea / Invited exhibit
 
Group exhibition
1974〜 Tokyo Ginza Juuji-ya Gallery etc. 5 times
2008〜 Organized "Ten-ten" Ginza Yokyo Hall, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Sapporo Continental G, Kamakura Art Center, 3331 Arts Chiyoda 10 times
2009  “Chigasaki Calligraphy Exhibition” Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Special Exhibition) INOUE Yuichi, MIZUKOSHI Bouson, ISHII Houtan
2013  3rd “What is Drawing” Exhibition Competition, Ginza Galerie Shimon
2014  East Asian Cultural City 2014 Yokohama Soujiji
2019  Organized “Bipolar Calligraphy” Exhibition, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
 
Award
1989  Keisei Association Exhibition UEDA Soukyu Memorial Award
1990  The Mainichi Shodo Exhibition Grand Prix
2017  15th New Artist Unit Exhibition (The National Art Center, Tokyo) Special Award
 
Public collection
Chigasaki City Museum of Art, Beijing National Museum of Fine Arts (Beijing), Seoul Museum of Calligraphy (Seoul), China Friendship Museum (Beijing) and many others
 
Inscription
2009  “100 people in Kanagawa's history, TOUMA Ryuan, the place of his birth and demise
2010  “Chigasaki City East Coast Elementary School Song” (lyrics by IWATANI Tokiko / composed by KOU Dansaku)