(Japan 1931– )
90.0 x 60.0cm image; 100.0 x 73.0cm 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 (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 89, 90 (colour illus.). cat.no. 55
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.