Saturday, 21 November 2009

An exhibition by Takumasa Ono Inspired by the Cotswolds

Date: 27 - 29 November , 2009
Venue: Cotswold Grange Hotel, Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham GL52 2QH

Organiser: Takumasa Ono

Exhibiting Takumasa ONO’s artworks based on sketches made at the Cotswold's scenery (including Kimono, watercolor and Sumi-e, the traditional Japanese black and white ink painting). Mr Ono will be residence at Cotswold Grange Hotel and visitors will be able to talk his artworks by meeting him. Prints and Sumi-e of Takumasa Ono’s work will be sold during the exhibition. Moreover, a part of the sales is contributed to the Cotswolds Conservation Board by Mr Ono.

Opening times :
27th Nov Friday 1pm - 5pm
28th Saturday 11am - 5pm
29th Sunday 10am - 5pm
Special night view : Friday and Saturday 7pm - 9pm
Refreshments and Live performace

Profile of Takumasa Ono

In 1999, Takumasa Ono who was an official artist of the National Trust in Japan toured the UK first visiting and sketching 58 National Trust properties. Then he arrived again in the UK as a visiting artist as part of Japan 2001, a UK wide initiative, supported by the Japanese Ministry of Culture promoting Japan in the UK. During that time, he developed his HENRO exhibition, working as an artist in residence with the National Trust. He was particularly impressed with the way that the UK as a country, through organizations such as The National Trust, conserves its natural and built environment. As a result, he moved to the UK with his family in 2002. Since then he has been undertaking artistic projects with many of the National Trust’s leading properties across the UK, organizing educational workshops for children and adults as well as exhibitions. A percentage of his sales are regularly donated to the National Trust’s fundraising campaign. He has produced hundreds of pieces of artwork featuring more than 100 National Trust properties, through the medium of watercolour, screen-printing and Smi-e, a traditional form of Japanese brushwork art. In 2005, his first book, The Simple Art of Sumi-e Mastering Japanese Ink Painting, was published in the UK and USA, France. In 2007, he exhibited his work and held Sumi-e workshops in Paris. Also, he has been commissioned to produce major pieces of his Sumi-e work for the Japan Room at the £106 million Wales Millennium Centre, one of Europe’s most exciting new arts centre, in Cardiff Bay.

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