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.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
90.0 x 60.0 cm image; 100.0 x 73.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Toshio Suda". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
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, 89, 90 (colour illus.). cat.no. 55