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Japanese seal cutter holds exhibition in SH

07-02-2010 08:57 BJT

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Despite what you might have heard, an exhibition of seal carving art can be extremely interesting, especially when the artists' innovative mind and original creativity are fully applied.

And now you have an opportunity to see some of the best work in seal carving at an exhibition that kicked off recently at the Shanghai Library. But this exhibition has a modern twist.

This is not a conventional seal-prints exhibition dominated by the colors red and white. Here at the Shanghai Library you can find a variety of seal prints in a rich palette of colors, from red, or green, to blue and black.

Here at the Shanghai Library you can find a variety of seal prints in a rich palette of colors, from red, or green, to blue and black.
Here at the Shanghai Library you can find a variety of seal prints in a rich 
palette of colors, from red, or green, to blue and black.

On display is a prolific portfolio of patterns of seals created by renowned Japanese seal cutter Myoseki Shimura, who's been studying Chinese calligraphy over the past forty years. Shimura first visited China in 1972 as a member of the Japanese Youth Association. He soon fell in love with Chinese culture, and devoted himself to the friendly exchanges between Japan and China ever since.

Myoseki Shimura said, "The Japanese characters are based on and inspired by the Chinese characters. So what I've been doing is to contribute my efforts to the Sino-Japanese friendship."

Shimura adds that his works are greatly influenced by the poetic strokes of Chinese calligraphy, which reflect the philosophy of true life.

The exhibition runs at the Shanghai Library until July the 14th.

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