'One,' by Tairiku Teshima Calligraphy Exhibition and Workshops - 8 to 31 March 2019


'One,' by Tairiku Teshima

From 8 to 31 March 2019 - 9:00am – 4:00pm

Contemporary Japanese calligraphy exhibition

23b - Noble intention - Kokorozashi

Calligraphy is considered the highest artistic achievement in many Asian cultures. This exhibition showcases a modern form of symbolic calligraphy called shõsho – a dynamic modern art that uses limited characters and brushstrokes. Most of the 28 ink on paper works have been specially created for the exhibition at the Arboretum. Visitors will be enthralled by these works, which reflect nature, creation and beauty.

Bonsai will be on display alongside the calligraphy works.

“I believe that, in essence, calligraphy can be as diverse as people are. It is often said that all of creation resides within the written letter and word.”

Tairiku Teshima, 2013

Visit the exhibition in the Village Centre at the National Arboretum Canberra. Art work is not available for sale.

Calligraphy workshops

Feeling inspired? Learn to write a simple Japanese character or your name using a special calligraphy pen on pretty Japanese hard paper.

Suitable for 7 years and over (children must be accompanied by parents).

About the artist

Artist Tairiku Teshima

Born in Shibuya, Tokyo, in 1947, Tairiku Teshima is an award-winning calligrapher whose works express the close relationship between words, meaning and their form. His exhibitions include both national and international solo exhibitions and juried exhibitions.

He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, Director of the Japan Calligraphy Technical School, and President of the Ho-unkai Calligraphy Association. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Technology, São Paulo University, and an honorary citizen of São Paulo and Assisi.

In September 2009, he received the Princess Takamado Prize, awarded to artists who promote exchange and dialogue between cultures by calligraphy. Since 2013, he has exhibited in Brazil during the Commemoration of the Centennial of Japanese Immigration, and in Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. He has also exhibited at the Shanghai University Art Institute, in New York in 2014, and in 2013 in London at the Asia House.

In 1993, he presented Pope John Paul II with his work Shu, and in 2008 he presented the President of Peru with his work Hikari. In 2009, he was appointed an Honorary Consul for Peru in Japan.

At the opening reception of his exhibition in Paris at UNESCO headquarters, he was presented with the Gold Medal for Cultural Influence (Médaille du Rayonnement Culturel) by the Renaissance Francaise. In 2016 he received a Foreign Minister’s Commendation Prize for promoting cultural exchange through calligraphy between Japan and foreign countries. This commendation prize is awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Organiser: International Art Foundation and Nominal sponsor: Embassy of Japan

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