Tsugio Hattori Art PostersHung on the 3rd floor of Materials & Electrical Engineering
in memory of Clemens G. Hensler
Tsugio Hattori merges cultural roots with his
personal aesthetic in his radiant abstract canvases,
described by critics as "always commanding a coherent whole ...
evoking worlds of experience, sensuality and spiritualism."
Born in Japan, Hattori studied mechanical engineering and technical illustration, as well as design and fine arts. He emigrated to the United States in 1981, disenchanted with the hierarchical nature of the Japanese art scene which seemed to him to discourage individual development. However, in leaving he resigned a sense of his cultural identity, intensified by nostalgia for traditions, which has influenced his work ever since.
The artist paints intuitively, an approach similar to Abstract Expressionism, yet referenced as well in ancient Zen ink paintings. Blocks of deep yet subdued contrasting colors and veiled designs, often appearing to represent the sun and the moon, float on the surface of his paintings. Working with dry pigments, as well as with smooth and rough brush strokes, Hattori obtains depth and complexity in his canvases, creating a compositional expansiveness reminiscent of traditional Japanese landscape painting and woodblock prints. However, his abstract forms suggest even more infinite spaces where past and present merge in a meditative sensibility.
Hattori's work is included in prominent private and corporate collections both in the U.S. and internationally.
Information from Bruce McGaw Graphics catalog. Posters originally obtained from this source.