For Morioka the first step in the creation of one of his prints is the installation of his own scenery at the seashore, preferably on a cold winter day when the wind rages and the sky is turbulent against a setting sun. He chooses the seaside because for him the water is the single horizon representing the beginning and end of the world. Into nature's expanse of sky, sea and sand Morioka intrudes with his own archetypal edifice, and the ensuing drama between his edifice and the forces of nature is the focus of his art.
Like the artist Iwami, he seems to see an analogy between music and water. A recent series of prints similar to this one was entitled 'Beethoven at the beach', with a layer of musical notations printed across the sea and sky.
Morioka was born in 1941 in Aichi Prefecture where he still lives, and is a graduate of the Aichi University of Education.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 64.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
8/25 (see notes)
47.5 x 67.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet;
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Kansuke M.". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
© MORIOKA Kansuke
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 64, 71 (colour illus.). cat.no. 39