(Japan 1931 – )
90.0 x 60.0 cm image; 100.0 x 73.0 cm sheet
This print is a poignant protest against environmental destruction; the frantically flapping wings and loose feathers of wild birds a threatening dark flame scattered by the winds of vanity.
Suda was born in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture and still lives there, having been educated in the Design Department of the Aichi Prefectural Industrial High School.
His recent works have all used this unusual motif of flurried feathers to convey a deep unease reinforced by the titles of his prints. This print is a modern extension of the traditional Japanese category of bird-and-flower painting ('kacho-ga') which embodies the innate Japanese sympathy for nature. Traditionally such paintings were lyrical and colourful; never the dark condensed force Suda has depicted.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 89.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 90 (colour illus.). cat.no. 55
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