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Autumn of Silence (Drawing) Drawing

Hideyuki Sobue

United Kingdom

Drawing, Pencil on Paper

Size: 17.3 W x 12.4 H x 1.6 D in

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This is a drawing of my polyptych work "Autumn of Silence", which I created for my solo art project "The Way I See", supported by Arts Council England in 2013. The project was realised as a touring exhibition; first at the Sugar Store Gallery, Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal followed by the complete installation with the exhibition catalogue at the Japan House Gallery, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London. I produced this drawing a year after the touring exhibition was over to ascertain my standing. Originally, I produced each work by arranging it in pairs to form the diptych portrait series for my project "The Way I See". I see fallen leaves on a macro level as indicating the "autumn" of civilization inspired by Dutch historian Johan Huizinga in his work "The Autumn of the Middle Ages" and at a micro level as a metaphor for the frailty of individual existence. They are also an amplification of the concept of "Memento Mori" (consider mortality), which is seen in Western art throughout history. This polyptych work comprises 12 canvases in line with the number used to indicate the basic unit of time to promote a more universal conversation. Hence, the title "Autumn of Silence".

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Drawing:Pencil on Paper

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Size:17.3 W x 12.4 H x 1.6 D in

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Hideyuki Sobue (b. 1965) lives and works in the Lake District, UK, yet grew up as an orphan in Aichi, Japan. Working with drawing and painting, two historic media that have served as a fundamental means of communication since prehistoric times, he explores the unbroken line in the relationship between art and humanity. Sobue uses an entirely original brush hatching technique employing Japanese sumi ink and acrylic. Created through a fusion of influences - the concept of Disegno in the Florentine school of the Renaissance, oriental artistic heritage and neurological studies - Sobue’s medium attempts to create a platform bridging east and west, and explore the interdisciplinary approach related to the human act of seeing. Sobue has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and Japan. Notable exhibitions include “A Letter to the Earth from Beatrix” commissioned by the National Trust and supported by Arts Council England (Allan Bank, Grasmere); "Wordsworth, Rawnsley and Lake District", celebrating the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth and the centenary of Hardwicke Rawnsley’s death supported by Arts Council England (Rydal Mount & Gardens, Ambleside); "Conversation with Ruskin", celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth, supported by Arts Council England (the Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston/ The Ruskin Museum, Library and Research Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster); "Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets" (Itami City Museum Kakimori Bunko, Japan); "I Wandered...", commemorating the 200th anniversary of the final publication of William Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (Rydal Mount & Gardens, Ambleside); "The Way I See" supported by Arts Council England (Japan House Gallery, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London); the Royal Scottish Academy Open (RSA Lower Gallery, Edinburgh); the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize (Kings Place, London); Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open (RBSA Gallery); National Open Art (Minerva Theatre, Chichester). Among other public collections, his work is housed at Rydal Mount & Gardens - a historic house with gardens designed by William Wordsworth. Sobue’s works are currently held in public & private collections in Japan, China, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Canada and USA.

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