Kobayashi Kokei, Kingfisher

Color on paper, with a box signed and sealed by the artist

38×52㎝ / 143×67㎝

In Japan, the character for 'jade' originated from the color of the kingfisher.
As the word would suggest, Kingfishers make perfect subjects for paintings.
An avid student of Rinpa, Kokei awareness of the tradition’s visual culture and techniques, such as tarashikomi (a painting technique of applying a second layer of paint over a wet first layer), is highly evidenced in the work.
In addition, to the work’s Rinpa-esque character, the artist’s incorporation of modernized aesthetics makes this piece a quintessential Kokei piece.

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