TAG Fine Arts
TAG Fine Arts is an art dealers and publishers based on Upper Street, Islington. Since launching in 2006, we have represented emerging and established contemporary artists through a programme of exhibitions, commissions, major publishing projects, and collaborations with museums and non-commercial institutions.
Katsutoshi Yuasa makes woodcut prints from his own digital photographs. By combining two processes – the camera’s ‘snapshot’ and the woodcut’s lengthy reinterpretation of the same image – he hopes to crystallise the atmospheric and emotional character of his subjects. His pieces take weeks to complete, transforming his ephemeral subjects into haunting images, as beautiful up close as from a distance.
In traditional Japanese art, emotions are often expressed through the representation of the natural world. Sumiko Seki’s recent paintings draw on these traditions to portray the transience of life by depicting flowers in their exquisite temporary bloom and inevitable journey into decay. Seki’s paintings echo the symbolism of Japanese kimono design, which often has complex levels of meaning. Her intense cadmium yellows, for example, express the joy of harvest, whilst her red paintings symbolise passionate but transient love. Flowers that Seki selects are symbolic of human traits. The bamboo, for instance, bends in the wind but never breaks. One of the most striking aspects of Seki’s work is the way her flowers appear to float over their ethereal backgrounds.
Seki studied calligraphy in Japan, and this informs her direct impasto brush strokes. Birds, animals and butterflies (a symbol of rebirth) appear from the backgrounds and seem to hint at other symbols and narratives.