Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chiura Obata

I've been quite under the weather, and about all I've managed to do lately, other than lie on the couch and watch TV or read, is work on burying threads on the nephew quilt. Not the stuff of blog show and tell. So while you wait for me to get back on my feet, enjoy the beautiful art of Chiura Obata.

Obata was born in Japan but moved to the Seattle area in the early 1900's. I was introduced to his work while watching the PBS series on America's National Parks. I'm so familiar with views of Yosemite by the likes of photographer Ansel Adams and various painters, but have never seen these similar scenes by Obata. Goodness, it was one of those "wow" moments for me - his style really spoke to me in a way other painters have not. Actually, this one is a woodcut called "Evening Glow at Yosemite Falls." Click for a larger view.

If you image-google Obata, you will see that he did more than paint Yosemite and perhaps will find his work as extraordinary as I did. This one is called simply "Sun."


Connie Rose said...

Beautiful work indeed! Hope you're feeling better soon!

Cathie said...

I can certainly see an art quilt springing out of that bottom picture he painted of the sun - it's quite stunning. Hope you feel better. I've been down with the flu for the last 4 days. Just starting to feel better today. I get sick about once every six or seven years. I guess this one will do for me for another six years.

The WestCountryBuddha said...

What an extraordinary image! It's beautiful. Hope you're feeling better soon :( x