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Shoko Hirose

Shoko   Hirose

Shoko Hirose

Tokyo, Japan

Calligrapher, artist

Japanese Calligraphy

Shodo, or the art of Japanese calligraphy, is an ancient art separate from any other creative work. It differs in that its main focuses are; simplicity, beauty, and, most importantly, a mind-body connection. However, despite its differences from what most individuals would define as art; true calligraphy is achieved by applying the elements of art specifically; line, shape and space.

In producing any piece of Japanese calligraphy, mastering the element of Line is an absolute essential. The shape of the line assists in displaying the desired effect of the artwork. Often the line is drawn with a specific focus such as love, determination, or positivity. These feelings can often dictate the type of line that follows (e.g., whether it is wavy, straight, or curved). The tension of the line can also be created in this fashion.

In conjunction with Line, mastering Shape is also an important aspect in producing any Japanese symbol because calligraphy is achieved with dragging, pressing, and sweeping techniques and no outlining or drawing is ever used. In creating art other than symbols, especially in Chinese calligraphy, nature is a prominent theme. Organic shapes such as trees, leaves and flowers are common subjects for Chinese or Japanese artists. As the culture behind calligraphy is continually focused on the beauty and wonder of nature, inorganic shapes such as geometric figures or human-made objects are seldom painted.

Furthermore, the element of Space is essential in creating a beautiful calligraphy piece. It is crucial that the artist remain aware of the placement of each line, especially in more complicated symbols. Often, the artist is required to visualize where each line will start, stop and meet before he even touches the brush to the paper. Without undivided attention to spacing, the finished symbol will fail to appear as desired, even with the most perfect lines and shapes. Presentation and careful placement is one of the aspects that help in giving Japanese calligraphy its distinct beauty.

In summary, Japanese calligraphy, to the common eye, may seem uncomplicated or even bland. However, the creation of such a simplistic piece involves the knowledge of several difficult skills, and the mastery of all the elements of art, specifically those described.

Author works

Cry

Paper, Japanese ink (SUMI ) Japanese brush (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 143x74 cm, 2008

Road

Japanese paper (WASHI), Japanese ink (SUMI ) Japanese brush (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 53x38 cm, 2008

Yamabuki (flower)

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Luck

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 94x64 cm, 2008

Strength

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Rower

Special Japanese paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 97x66 cm, 2007

Infinity of Dream

Special Japanese Paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 35x136 cm, 2007

Dream

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76,5x108,5 cm, 2008

A Strange Ring

Special Japanese paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 35x135 cm, 2007

Jump

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76,5x108,5 cm, 2008

Mine

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 73x54 cm, 2007

White & Black

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi) Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Heart is as Lonely as the Moon

Special Japanese Paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 52.5x224 cm, 2007

Sakura

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Dragon

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 60x77 cm, 2007

Play

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 108,5x79 сm, 2008

Flower dance

Special Japanese Paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 35x135 cm, 2008

Purple

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Peach tree

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Green

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Happy

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm,2008

Celebration

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 62x79 cm, 2008

Yellow

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Basic

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 75x52.5 cm, 2008

Color

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Flower

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 69x101 cm, 2008

Flower Road

Special Japanese paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 35x134.6 cm, 2008

Silver

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Red

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108,5 cm, 2008

Long Way

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 2008

Thunder in the Sky

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76,5x108,5 cm, 2008

Hail to Amida (Amitabha) Buddha

Special Japanese paper (Washi), Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 26x135 cm, 2008

Love

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х224 cm, 2009

Sun

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х190.5 cm, 2009

Sakura

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х267.5 cm, 2009

Birth

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 190.5х106.8 cm, 2009

Cosmos

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х226.5 cm, 2009

Dragon

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х166.5 cm, 2009

Harmony

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х166.5 cm, 2009

Spring – Haze

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 63,7х94 cm, 2010

Wind of Bamboo

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х107 cm, 2010

Cherry

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 63,7х94 cm, 2010

East West South North

Silk, ink, 36,8x237 cm, 2010

Road

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 94х63,7 cm, 2010

Ancient City

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 63,7х94 cm, 2010

Soul

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 94х63,7 cm, 2010

Sunset

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х124 cm, 2010

Snow-covered

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 63,7х94 cm, 2010

Sound

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79х109 cm, 2010

Play

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 78,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Forest

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х50,5 cm, 2010

Sky

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 94х63,7 cm, 2010

Cloud of White

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36х110 cm, 2010

Heart

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х37,5 cm, 2010

Strength

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 63,7х94 cm, 2010

Tranquility – Peace

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 94х63,7 cm, 2010

Pure Interest

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х37,5 cm, 2010

Language

Paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Yama-Sakura/Cherry tree of mountain

Indian paper, Brush, 68x97 cm, 2014

Jyonetsu/passion

Japan paper, Brush, 78x108 cm, 2014

Bamboo

Paper, ink, brush, 660x975 mm, 2017

True

Designer paper, ink, brush, 690x990 mm, 2017

Love

Paper, ink, brush, 638×942 mm, 2017

Flower's heart

Paper, ink, brush, 512×970 mm, 2017

Pine tree

Paper, ink, brush, 638×942 mm, 2017.
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