13 Geisha (13芸者)
Sea of Spring 春の海 (Haru no umi)
36"x48" oil on linen 2009
Japan has been a continual theme in my life and artwork. At age 10, I began my artistic dialogue with Japan before I even exited our arriving plane in Okinawa. On that journey I sketched the new world around me and have continued to do so over the years. My latest body of work was inspired by an artistic pilgrimage to Tokyo and Kyoto in March and April 2009. At that time, I was privileged to be in Kyoto at the height of the cherry blossom season.
Young geisha in training (maiko) and full geisha brought their own color and timeless beauty to the city.
The word geisha in Japanese means arts - person ( gei - sha). The flower and willow world of these caretakers of Japan's traditional arts seems to be as fragile and impermanent as the cherry blossoms that bloom so quickly then fall each year.
85"x37" oil on linen 2009
Karyūkai ( 花柳界)
85"x54" oil on linen 2009
36"x18" oil on linen 2009
Gregg Chadwick's Studio with Karyūkai ( Flower and Willow World ~ 花柳界)