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Paul Tatsumi Nagano

Paul Tatsumi Nagano
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Paul Tatsumi Nagano (1938- ; Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, U.S.A. He first visited Bali in 1984 and is a regular visitor . Nagano works primarily in watercolors and depicts idyllic landscape alive with the beauty and quiet power of nature, or the lively colors and impressions of Balinese rituals. His pointillist technique is a combination of the best of Eastern and Western aesthetics, a personal style influenced by 18th century Japanese poet-painters Ikeno Taiga and Buson, and by 19th century French impressionist artist Cloude Monet (1840-1926) Collections : Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (Honolulu), Contemporary Arts Center of Hawaii (Honolulu), Boston Public Library (Massachusetts, U.S.A), New Britain Museum of American Art (Connecticut, U.S.A). Exhibitions: Contemporary Arts Center of Hawaii (1974), Pucker Safrai Gallery (Boston, 1974, 1976-1988), Mitchell Museum (Illinois, U.S.A, 1982), Honolulu Academy of Arts (Hawaii, 1988), East-West Center (Honolulu, 1988), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1990, 1995, 1996), Neka Art Museum (Ubud, Bali, 1992), Singapore Art Museum (1994), The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, 1994).
  Title : The Moon, The Traveler, And The Southern Cross
  Artist : Paul Tatsumi Nagano
  Media : Watercolor on paper
  Size : 76.2 x 56.5 cm
  Year : 1988
Description:
The Southern Cross, called lintang layang-layang (The Kite) in Balinese, has guided trevelers in the Southern Hemisphere for centuries. It hovers in a mysterious, monochromatic tropical night sky. The calm mood is romantic, with the half moon illuminating streaks of clouds. In the distance warm yellow light pours through the door of hut, its reflection elongated by flooded ricefields. This draws attention to who or what is waiting for the traveler, a lonely silhouetted figure standing amidst the shadows of coconut and Banana Trees.

  Title : Two Bathers At The Campuhan River
  Artist : Paul Tatsumi Nagano
  Media : Watercolor on paper
  Size : 104 x 66 cm
  Year : 1985
Description:

In Bali campuhan (mixture, blend) refers to a place where two rivers merge into one. It usually is considered to be a sacred site. Such a place in the village of Ubud is an important place for purification rituals, ceremonies at the nearby Pura Low Mountain’ Mount Gunung Batur) seen in the background amidst dense foliage, and even daily bathing. The lush landscape is full of vitality and life, shown by dots of rich color which add texture and movement.

Gift of the artist