10th December 2021
Tasmanisme is an exhibition by three artists living in Tasmania who are influenced by the art and culture of Japan; Colin Schildhauer, June Hope and Corinna Howell.
Colin is a Californian visiting Tasmania to surf and to study his masters in Fine Art at the University of Tasmania. His stylised plein air works are informed by some years of living in Japan as well as his own cultural background. With a vivacity that comes from working outdoors, these oil paintings share a palette that could be found in a vintage seasonal kimono (Winter) or the woodblock printing of the Ukiyo-e school. There is a decorative linearity used to describe iconic Tasmanian coasts that comes from historical sources but also modern Anime, Japanese cartooning.
June Hope is a Northern Tasmanian whose felted merino collages and vessels are philosophically grounded in the tradition of Wabi Sabi, or the beauty of the imperfect. Organic in nature and with a soft natural palette, each work conjures memories of garments loved and worn, the beauty of the written word and the softness of wear. There is poeticism in her work that re-opens doors to memory and forgotten experience.
Corinna Howell has a Japanese heritage and memories of her childhood led her to paint objects from her past. Her oil paintings use thinned paints in a way that evokes traditional ink and watercolour painting, celebrating the gesture of the brush.
The title of this exhibition refers to the movement of Japonisme, which led Europeans in the late 1800s to import Japanese art and design. This influenced artists from Manet to Van Gogh and Matisse who were prone to take credit for artistic innovation that belonged elsewhere.