Ichihara Hiroko has been producing her own 'Kotoba (phrase)-art' by employing a simple Gothic font to express such emotions as delight, anger, sorrow and pleasure that spring from daily relationships among families, friends, co-workers and couples. Her works are based on a theme of 'love and laughter,' and are always filled with humour that brings forth laughter. This year marks the 30th anniversary of her activities as an artist and coincides with the release of her latest book. In recognition of those achievements, Kamakura Gallery will hold her 30th Anniversary Solo Exhibition.
Never without a sketch book for all of those years, Ichihara has been recording her ideas as they come to her, then polishing the phrases into works of art, bringing a merry mood, a touch of loneliness, a sense of pathos–or a big laugh–to all of us for 30 years. Today, her sketch books number more than 160 volumes.
For this exhibition, Ichihara has selected more than 50 silkscreen works (small and large) from ones released in the past. Visitors to the Kamakura Gallery can also enjoy browsing among and shopping for humorous goods, books and paper fortunes (as seen on Google TV commercials).
Press release courtesy Kamakura Gallery.