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Cross Bay Gallery and Yoko Fukada introduce impressive Japanese HANGA print from the modern to the contemporary, to the Australian art world on 24-26 October 2008 at Sydney Art Fair. The collection is divided into two distinct groups-established artists and artists who are not yet internationally recognized. While the latter group is less familiar abroad, its members have an established reputation within Japan. Fukada has selected their works to be evaluated on the world stage alongside well-known artists Toshinobu Onosato, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and others to be enjoyed.


Japanese woodblock printing ‘HANGA’ was developed and flourished during the18th and 19th centuries and originated within the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo). These traditional Japanese woodblock prints were called Ukiyo-e ‘pictures of the floating world.’ They were closely connected with the pleasures of peoples life - at a time when the country was virtually isolated from the rest of the world.
The works of Ukiyo-e artists Hokusai have had an enormous impact on landscape painting - as represented by ’the thirty- six views of Mount Fuji’. Utamaro is known as a pioneer of pictures of beautiful photogenic women. Ukiyo-e had a significant impact in 19th century France and England and influenced on impressionists painters such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas.
Japanese HANGA is a multi layered process of printmaking art that carries great historical and cultural value. The method of expression of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints is its colour and its high level of woodcut technique.  It has an important ascendancy within today Japanese contemporary art world.

These HANGA that we are introducing are famous, highly reputed works, by young, but as yet internationally unknown, contemporary Japanese artists. They use traditional Japanese HANGA techniques with various types of conceptualization and express the possibilities of HANGA as art.

Curator Yoko Fukada and Cross Bay Gallery have pleasure in offering to the Australian people, the new authentic Japanese HANGA wood print painting.

 We put on display, for the first time in Australia, the works of nine prize-winning young Japanese artists. The exhibition includes the works of well-known Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami and Lee Ufan.
Please enjoy the splended pieces from Japan.