Sumi-e

Sumi-e is Japanese or Chinese brush painting, done on very fine paper, with ink and special brushes. I’m exploring abstraction through Sumi-e and Zen, so these are exploratory studies.

There are some artists in Asia that are moving away from the figurative form of Sumi-e with a focus on landscapes, plants such as bamboo and animals and birds. Some historical works such as Hiroshige’s waves are early examples, while Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel prize for his writings, has done some wonderful abstracts.

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