The Art of Kazuo Shiraga

Kazuo Shiraga art

I can not remember that last time I was deeply moved by a painter’s work. This week I dug into the work of Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga — known for using his entire body to manipulate his medium (typically oil paint or mud). He explored the relationship between body and material over the course of his career, creating large-scale foot paintings well into his eighties. I swoon over his black paintings on white paper. I just love the thickness of the paint, the bold strokes, and the way work represents the Unknown with such presence and aliveness. It emotes. Without words it gives form and context to that which is unspeakable. I feel the same way about Philip Glass’ work. I adore it for that same reason.

Kazuo Shiraga artist

Kazuo Shiraga mud

Kazuo Shiraga artwork

Kazuo Shiraga

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2 responses to “The Art of Kazuo Shiraga

  1. Bianca

    I imagine myself standing before his paintings and thinking: He is here. Powerful.

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