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Germination dream



Sakohata Kazuo


1955 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
    Media category
    Materials used
    85.0 x 85.0 cm image; 100.0 x 96.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., pencil "(illeg.)". Not dated.

    Gift of the artist 1993
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Sakohata Kazuo

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Sakohata wants to plant seeds of dreams in his heart, so that flowers will blossom and he can pursue his dreams forever.

    Colour and light play a crucial role in Sakohata's work. In this print the light pulsates from a hidden source, the origin of life. The phenomena of growth and energy are captured in the expanding petals of what would appear to be a lotus, the most revered of blossoms, symbolic of the purity of the Buddhist doctrine. The iconic structure, mystical light and colours, and geometric forms create a visionary abstract reality that induces an expansion of consciousness. The image is an updated version of a yantra, the tantric diagram of prescribed shapes that are used as aids for concentration to elicit spiritual awareness.

    Tantric art and its symbolism was a source of inspiration for many Western Abstract Expressionists, for example Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. Symbolic tantric forms include the square (symbol of order) and the oval (symbol of the cosmic egg). In its composition and mystical space this image undeniably has the resonance of a tantric style schematic diagram of the universe.

    Sakohata was born in Hiroshima and now lives in Osaka where he had studied at the Osaka University of Fine Arts.

    Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 85.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992

      The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993

      The Urban Bonsai, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Bank Art Museum Moree, Moree, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994

      The Urban Bonsai, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication