The Author and Artist. Koshu (Akemi Lucas), has a lineage that very few Master Calligraphers in Japan have; she was taught by Master Seizan Fujimoto, who was a named student of the famous Master Kakudo Arita, who was a named student of the legendary famous master, Kaikaku Niwa, whom followed the historically well known Calligrapher of Meiji period, Meikaku Kusakabe. In addition, her art carries a poetic message that is integral to her fresh innovative style, evoking inspiration and admiration to any viewers. Her art expresses a sentimental message where life experiences and fundamental values are expressed in the form of calligraphy. For instance, values such that we as humans evolve around "Love", "Harmony", "Sincerity", "The meaning of life" and "The sleepers must awaken" etc - With her deep understanding of what humanity is, she shares the universal and profound realisations with others through her art. This is Koshu's message: "This book of my art expresses the gratitude I feel to all those I have met in the past, present and those who I am going to meet in the future. The title " Love and Dream" has a significant message, and all my artwork evolves around this theme; the title has connotations to appreciating the love you are given, to feel joy to give your love, and having a dream which will make you shine and attract those around you, leading you to meet another precious person in your life. This moment is my next stage as a calligrapher, Koshu. I would love to carry on dreaming, carry on making my brush dance, and to continue my journey to where I am destined to be; expressing myself to each and every one I meet on my journey, hoping to shine in their live. I hope that my message and feeling can be shared to you through my artwork."
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"Koshu" is Akemi Lucas's Japanese identity as a Calligrapher. At the age of 8, Akemi Started to learn Japanese Calligraphy under Seizan Fujimoto. Under his guidance, she studied Goseki Nishiwaki's style and later on studied other well-known calligraphers' style as well. Koshu has a lineage that very few Master Calligraphers in japan have. At the age of 24, she opened "Koshu Calligraphy School" in japan, but she had to face an unexpected sudden tragedy and changed her life completely. She decided to move to the UK, and since 2002, she has been teaching and introducing Japanese Art internationally in the UK. This book is showing her own art collection of her own unique style by blending the Eastern and Western cultures. And she also shared her personal life story in this book so that her message through her art might reach your heart more. Akemi (Koshu) is now teaching her art in the UK, creating her own art to exhibit, and also planning to write her next books.Review:
From Mr S.H : This is the perfect book for student calligraphers and masters. The life story and examples of her word brought me to tears. She has such a talent we are so lucky to be able to see this book full of her wonderful and varied art. Whether you are an artist or art lover this is five star must buy, it will touch you and open your heart and mind like it did for me, Koshu Japanese Art Calligraphy, love and dream is just fab! From Mrs K.F. J : The poems are inspirational and I was particularly interested in her journey. She has faced a great deal of adversity in her life journey. Although I'm not fully conversant with calligraphy, after reading what her master tutor told her about feeling the expression and movement, I understood how this ties together. The symbolic representation of words are universal and Koshu has managed to touch a chord with each sweeping brushstroke. In this book, you will find rhythm, motion, balance and a harmonic balance between form and words. Love and Dream is exactly that and you won't be disappointed. A strong recommendation to all wordsmiths and artists out there, this book is a must! From Mrs T.B : A simply beautiful book. Even in print, this art is rich and very moving. Isn't it strange that although I can't read what the lettering says, even without the captions, the characters transcend language and I can appreciate it. As if each brush stroke is imbued with the meaning of the piece. It's like listening to opera - even if you don't understand the words, the music and the passion in the voice is so powerful that each note resonates within you. Wonderful. From Mrs S. J : This is a beautifully presented book of images and autobiography accompanied by both Japanese and English text. Koshu traces her professional lineage directly back to Meikaku Kusakabe(1838-1922) "named as the Father of Modern Japanese Calligraphy" in the Meiji Period. Her respect for her own teacher, Seizan Fujimoto (1919-2004) - who after 16 years of intense study gifted her with her artist's name of Koshu (Red Autumn) - comes through clearly in the autobiographical part of the book as does her commitment to her art through the considerable personal travails that she shares so movingly. The style of writing is itself at times poetic, delicate and yet unequivocal. The first part of the book reproduces artwork that is deeply rooted in the skill of the masters who went before - see page 7: "A Thousand Chinese Characters" repeated in three different styles - as well as many pieces which were created by her own use of contemporary techniques and expression. One senses the intensity and freedom that comes from the firm grounding of the academic which allows this artist's brush "to gracefully dance on the surface of the paper". All in all these pages give the reader not only an opportunity to see these thought provoking art works but also allows a glimpse into the culture and visual poetry of Japanese Calligraphy through the eyes of a 21st century master of the craft. I am so glad I have this inspiring book to hand ...
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Book Description -. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Love and Dream, Japanese Art Calligraphy by Koshu This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780992733209
Book Description Koshu Publishing 01/10/2013, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 6545-9780992733209