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Late Autumn Painting

Hideyuki Sobue

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Aluminium

Size: 11.8 W x 11.8 H x 1.4 D in

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In 2019, I organised the touring solo art project "Conversation with Ruskin" for the celebration of the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth. An artist, art critique, writer, social thinker, and the Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford, to name but a few, Ruskin led the Gothic Revival, provided the ideological foundation for the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement. He was one of the most influential figures in Victorian England. This project "Conversation with Ruskin" was supported by Arts Council England and held at the Brantwood in Coniston, where Ruskin chose to live in his later years, and The Ruskin in Lancaster University, the academic centre of John Ruskin. This is one of the 12-Gold series, "Late Autumn". When Ruskin was teaching art at the University of Oxford, his advice to students was "Go back to nature". It's no exaggeration to say that his view of nature extended across the globe. He was looking into the holistic substance shared by humanity and nature when he drew wildflowers, leaves, stones, clouds, and a variety of creatures. Nowadays, we can see them as serious warnings about our generation’s ecological crisis. It was he who resisted the tide of industrialization in Victorian England, declaring the importance of harmony between humanity and nature. It seems to me as if Ruskin's drawings are his earnest prayer for the restoration of human dignity based on his motto "Back to nature". This work "Late Autumn" is my favourite subject autumn leaves, through which I explored the power of metaphor about the fragility of life. The series is designed as semiotic portrayals of the core human experience that makes up the "Cultural Landscape", for which the Lake District received designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Painting:Acrylic on Aluminium

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Size:11.8 W x 11.8 H x 1.4 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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