Ray Morimura: Prints for All Seasons
April 12–May 4, 2014
Included with Garden Admission
Japanese print artist Rei (Ray) Morimura graduated from Tokyo Gakugei University and began his career as a modern painter using abstract, geometric forms. At the age of 25, however, he began teaching himself how to make Japanese woodblock prints in the traditional manner. Today, his work is well known throughout the world, through the efforts of The Tolman Collection of Tokyo, which represents his work at exhibitions in Japan, China, Singapore, and the United States. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Tokyo Zokei University.
Morimura’s evocative landscapes often depict famous gardens and temples or nostalgic scenes of rural villages that combine tradition with modernity. Morimura uses oil-based inks to create his detailed and intricate images, unlike most Japanese woodblock artists who use water-based inks. He works alone in his studio without assistance to create each meticulously carved and printed piece from original design to printed image. His exhibition at the Garden includes the first of a series of four prints of the Portland Japanese Garden through the four seasons, with others in the series to follow later in the year.
This exhibition is sponsored by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the William G. Gilmore Foundation.