Contemporary Japanese Art: The Radiant Moon and Buddhism


Contemporary Japanese Art: The Radiant Moon and buddhism

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Time

Contemporary Japanese artist Sawako Utsumi uses nature and religion in many of her artworks. In this article, the focus is on the moon and the transient vibrations felt during the night. Therefore, these works of art by Utsumi stimulate the imagination.

In the second image, the influence of Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) is abundantly evident. Sekka lit up the world of rinpa (rimpa) art. This concerns Sekka’s more open style to the world of rinpa art, which corresponds to the modern world he has known.

The stunning work of art titled “The desolate path of Japanese Buddhism” works surprisingly well. Once again, the backdrop of the distant Buddhist temple is a real delight. It is a dream world where the deceased are not seen – but in the quirky world of quantum entanglement and many-worlds theory – the Buddhist temple is blessed with monks inside who show devotions to the Buddha. Therefore, without seeing the Buddhist monks inside, the desolate nature of the artwork merges many ideas.

In a past article, I commented, “…desolation, mystery and solace now bring eternal hope through the prism of nature and faith.

Overall, the two artworks – one influenced by Sekka – showcase the beauty of nature. Also, the Buddhist angle of the other artwork provides a nice spiritual angle. – Sawako Utsumi and where you can buy her art, postcards, bags and other products. Also, individuals can contact her for individual requests.


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