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Etsu  Essence Inoue   Japanese-Canadian painting  artist and Calligrapher

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Etsu began studying traditional Japanese monochrome brushwork

(Japanese style Calligraphy) at the age of eight.
Along the way she discovered that she could marry traditional and
contemporary art by adding color to the monochrome style, which led to
creating her own painting style.
Because she focuses on nature, all of Etsu's art materials are made by 
nature. Her art is expressed on Washi paper (traditional Japanese paper),
with black ink stick and natural powder pigments. These pigments are made 
of fine sand or clay, rock and have a history that goes back more than two
thousand years.
Etsu's modern motifs are based on the style of Japanese antique folding
screens, with gold leaf and gold powder used for the backgrounds. She 
continues to explore new art forms while also spreading the charm of 
Japanese traditional culture in Canada
Active member status in the Federation of Canadian Artists.
member of Society of Canadian Artists
member of American Water color Society
Etsu & Calligraphy
Etsu began studying traditional Japanese monochrome brushwork at age of eight. In high school she began studying with a 
famous calligrapher and continues till today.
She moved to Vancouver 1989. She has been working to spread the art of Japanese calligraphy and Japanese watercolour
painting in Canada. Last year she began collaborating with musicians. In her performances, she expresses how the music makes
her feel in the moment.
Her desire is to continue spreading the art of Japanese calligraphy in Canada, and collaborate with artists of other genres,
a nd to share the and educate the public about the spirituality and beauty of traditional Japanese calligraphy.
Exhibition & Works
2016  Jul-Aug, "Eastern Echoes" Exhibition at Dr.Sun Yat-Sen art gallery
         Aug, Calligraphy performance with AVE motion at Powell street festival
        Jul,    Calligraphy performance with Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos  "Noryo Night" special dinning for Mr.Nitobe  at NiTOBE garden in UBC
       May, "Asian Water" Group Exhibition at Genessise art Gallery
        Apr, "Japan Fair" Calligraphy performance with AVE Motion at Van Dusen 
        Apr, Calligraphy performance with AVE Motion "Ohanami" at Trout Lake Community Centre
 2015   Nov, Room design and paintings deco at Kaleido Lodge  Yukon Whitehorse
           Jul,   "Weaver Woman " by Tomoe Arts Background paintings 
           Jun,  Calligraphy performance in Terry Sasaki collection fashion show
           May,  Calligraphy performance at Asian Explore opening reception
           Apr,   Calligraphy & Paintings US TV "the man in the high castle" 
           Mar, "Blossom" at FCA
          Feb, Calligraphy performance at Visual Space Gallery
          Feb, Solo Calligraphy mono chrome exhibition at Visual Space Gallery    
2014   Nov, Solo Exhibition at Murata Art
          Nov, Hycraft Exhibition at Hycraft
          Sep, "EDGES" at FCA
          Aug, Calligraphy performance at Powell Festival
          Aug, Calligraphy Logo at Nikkei Heritage
         Jun, Summer Gallery at FCA
          May, Group exhibition Asian Explore  at International art gallery
          Apr, Calligraphy performance at Japan Fair
          Feb, "Blossom" at FCA
2013   Aug, Calligraphy performance at Powell Festival
          Jun, Summer Gallery at FCA
          Apr, Calligraphy performance at Japan Fair
          Feb, Solo Exhibition
          Jan, "Landscape" at FCA
2012   Nov, Solo Exhibition at Murata Art
         Jun, Summer Gallery at FCA
         Apr, "Blossom" at FCA
         Apr, Calligraphy performance at Japan Fair
         Jan,  Calligraphy performance at Alcvin Ryuzen CD release party
2011  Apr , Solo exhibition
         Mar,  A Federation of Canadian Artists Group show
         Feb, "Landscape " at Federation Gallery
2010  Dec, "The Mixxy Show" Nathan Gowsell & Etsu Inoue  painting exhibition and live painting show
         Aug, Isshin Denshin & Calligraphy performance concert at Tozenji 
         May, "Landscape" at Federation Gallery
         Apr, "Blossom" at Federation Gallery
         Apr, A Federation of Canadian Artists Group show at Federation Gallery
         Jun, "Summer gallery" at Federation Gallery
2009  Jan,   Calligraphy art performance at Vancouver Public Library
         Mar,   Calligraphy art performance at Japan Festival
2007  Oct,   2nd solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise in Vancouver
         Feb,   4th solo exhibition at Moat gallery Vancouver Public Library
2006  Oct,   1st solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise in Vancouver
         Apr,   Vancouver in Bloom Exhibition
         Mar,   3rd solo exhibition at Moat gallery Vancouver Public Library
2005  Dec,   Group exhibition at West Vancouver Memorial Library 
         Nov,   Solo exhibition at Steeps Tea Lounge
         Sep,   Solo exhibition at Sawa Tea & Craft
         Feb,   2nd solo exhibition at Moat gallery Vancouver Public Library
         Jan,   Solo exhibition at Cafe Masa
Award
2015 Apr, "Open Water 2015 by CSPWC
2015 Oct, Watercolour by NY art gallery
2014 Sep, "Open Water 2014 by YYC CSPWC
2014 Sep, Edge
2012 Nov Open Water 2012 by CSPWC  s.j. sloan Award "Night"
Etsu's special Curator
Ms. Leticia Sanchez

Head of Exhibition and Arts/ Art committee chair 

at Dr.Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver, BC, Canada 

福岡県出身。カナダ・バンクーバー在住の画家・書家
8歳から始めた書をベースに独学にて日本画の手法を学び、日本古来から伝わる和紙・墨、岩絵の具を使用して日本の伝統アートと
現代アートを融合させた作品を生み出している。見る方にとって生きるエネルギー源となったり、ひと時の癒しに繋がればと。
描くベースは和紙だけにとどまらず、壁画であったり、布、板壁であったりと無限にアートの世界を切り開いている。
毎年ソロの個展やグループショーなどを開催している。近年ミュージシャンとのコラボレーションで即興アートや書のパフォーマンス
活動に力をいれ、カナダ国内にてライブを行っている。2010年はジャンルの異なる抽象画家とのコラボレーションでカナダのアートと
日本のアートを融合させた即興ライブパフォーマンスを行う。また、筆文字のロゴや日本画による着物のデザインを行う。
近年では、アメリカTVドラマシリーズの美術や書の制作、舞台背景の絵の制作なども行う。
2015年には、Yukon準州Whitehorseのロッジの内装デザインとインテリアデザインを手がける。
Kaleido Lodge Yukon
カナダアーティスト連盟アクティブメンバー。
Material
Washi Paper
Washi is a type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the Gampi tree, the Mitsumata
shrub
(Edgeworthia papyrifera) or the paper mulberry but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice and wheat. "WA" meaning
Japanese & "SHI" meaning paper. Washi is used i many traditional arts. Origami, Calligraphy, Painting.
Brushes
Japanese water colour painting brushes are similar to the brushes used for calligraphy and are traditionally made from
 bamboo with goat, ox, horse, sheep, rabbit, marten...  
Black ink stick (SUMI)
This black ink stick is made of densely packed charcoal ash from bamboo or pine soot combined with glue extracted from
 Nikawa.Ink stick graind their own ink using an ink stick and grinding stone.
Pigments (Iwa-enogu)
The history of the colouring materials used for Japanese painting goes back more than thousand years. The basic materials
 used werethe powdered ores of peacock stone, indigo copper, lapis lazuli, etc, and they were frequently used for the old
murals and picture scrolls. With passage of theme, more devices were incorporated in production of these colouring
 materials, and they were called IWAENOGU (Japanese antique colours). Today Iwaenogu is graded according to the coarseness 
of the powdered material, which vary from very fine sand to clay. The powders are mixed with NIKAWA (a glue made from
a gelatinous material), which acts as adhesive to bind the powdered pigments and the paper.IWAENOGU is known to be
extremely compatible with the Japanese paper and to retain it's original without fading.

 

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