` The Tale of Genji – KIRIE art exhibition by Hobo Komiyama

The Tale of Genji – KIRIE art exhibition by Hobo Komiyama

  •   3 – 28 February 2020
  •   Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday by appointment (buyers only)
  •   Sway Gallery London, 70-72 Old St, London EC1V 9AN
  •   http://london.sway-gallery.com/
  •   020 7253 5851
  •   info@sway-gallery.com

Closed on Friday 7 February 2020 Final day 28 February – Exhibition open until 4pm

Hobo Komiyama was born in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. While studying at Musashino Art University, Hobo became a researcher for a theatre company. After graduating from the university, he began his career as a kimono dye colorist and illustrator. Finally in 1975, he began his career as a papercutting artist and has been active until today, with multiple successful publications and exhibitions in, as well as outside of, Japan.

The main theme of this solo exhibition is scenes from The Tale of Genji, which is a classical work written during the early years of the 11th century in the Heian period, by the female writer Murasaki Shikibu. It is still widely enjoyed today and is said to be the world’s first novel.

Kirie, literal translation ‘’cut out picture’’, is the refined art of Japanese papercutting. Using a craft knife, a design is cut by hand from a single sheet of paper and is then contrasted against a black background to make it visible. It is thought to date back well over 1000 years to a time not long after the arrival of washi paper, and was initially used in religious ceremonies.

INTERESTING LINK: http://www.hoboing.net/



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