For Immediate Release: February 19, 2019
The Byrne Gallery, Middleburg, Virginia
The Byrne Gallery is proud to present Haiku, Poem of Spring, a celebration of the Cherry Blossom Season featuring the woodblock prints of Tadashi Nakayama, original watercolors, silk screens and works on paper of Pang Tseng Ying and vintage kimono and textile art from Japan from the collection of Susie Lipscher of Plum Blossom Kimono. The exhibit will begin on March 6th and continue through Sunday, April 28, 2019. There will be a reception on Saturday, March 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend.
Tadashi Nakayama‘s work is considered to be one of the national treasures of Japan. The artist has enjoyed extraordinary success throughout his career and he has taken the traditional Japanese art form to a new and higher level of mastery and technique. Incorporating contemporary themes, bold color and silver and gold leaf, his incredibly intricate woodblock prints on hand-made mulberry paper often require as many as 19 blocks, 45 colors and 53 stages of hand printing in order to create. Truly he has been one of the first artists to transform this time honored medium. His work has been widely collected and greatly admired throughout the world since the early 1960's and is represented in many international museum collections. We look forward to an exhibition of his work entitled Nakayama’s Horses: Contemporary Japanese Block Print at the National Sporting Library and Museum scheduled to open July 17, 2020 and continue through January 2021.
Pang Tseng Ying was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1916, and grew up in Peking, China. Later in life, after a successful career as an artist, he moved first to New York City and then to Maryland. He spent his lifetime learning, painting and teaching in China, Japan and the United States. He is considered a modern master in the field of watercolor, a medium which he made his own after many years of painting and study in the classic Chinese tradition. His body of work includes stylistic elements and techniques of all three cultures in which he lived, studied and painted during his very productive life. After having received his Masters Degree in Art in Japan, the artist returned to China to teach at numerous art colleges. An early career pinnacle was achieved when Pang was not quite 50 years old. Chiang-Kai-Shek, President of the Republic of China, awarded him the President’s award, the highest prize that any Chinese artist had ever received. Later on his work was included in prominent museum collections throughout the world.
Susie Lipscher began Plum Blossom Kimono in 1993 after completing a course in Surface Design & Embellishment of Fabrics at The Maryland Institute College of Art. The class taught hands-on training in traditional Japanese methods of resist-dyeing and stencil-dyeing of fabrics, and sparked an interest in vintage kimono. While marketing the authentic kimono she began to recycle the amazing textiles into luxurious silk neck scarves, obi pillows, and cards, which showcase the bright colors, intricate weaving, and rich designs of early, mid and late 20th century Japan.
Please come to visit the Byrne Gallery to see and enjoy Haiku, Poem of Spring on exhibit for March and April 2019. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 West Washington Street in Middleburg, Virginia. Gallery hours are Monday and Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.