8 x 12.5 inches
A violet and a white iris set over a gold background.
Kazutoshi Sugiura (1938 - ) Born in Kyoto, he attended the Kyoto College of Fine Arts and studied classical Japanese painting and the art of gold leaf restoration at the Kyoto National Museum of Antiquities. Sugiura's work most often features flowers – iris, peony, roses, camellia, chrysanthemum, lilies, and cosmos. Creating each print involves an intricate process of applying squares of gold leaf onto handmade Japanese paper, then screening floral subjects – with as many as 20 printing stages - and finally adding a wash of blue, purple or green for a softening effect. This renders an image that is reminiscent of traditional Japanese screens. The artist's work can be found in the British Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Brooklyn Museum.