(Japan 1948– )
60.0 x 36.5cm image; 74.0 x 50.0cm sheet
Print artists now draw on a wide repertoire of techniques: the definition of prints is constantly expanding as artists draw on computer graphics, photography and other more recent technologies, as well as the more established relief and intaglio techniques, to create their images.
Certainly Risho, born in Chiba Prefecture and now living in Kanagawa, is one of the modern artists using varied techniques to create strange new worlds suspended in ambiguous super-real spaces. In this print, exotic minarets with blazing windows indicate some form of intelligent life amongst the fantastic vegetation. The organic polyp forms point to a new nature: a further extension of the artificiality of traditional bonsai which at least used natural forms. Now even the organic shapes are artificial creations, manipulated in a new space. Such worlds as this prepare us for the future of virtual reality and other computer-generated simulated realities. Risho's aim is to create new worlds of fantasy and travel guides to them.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 65, 68.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 65, 68, 78 (colour illus.). cat. no. 46
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.