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Kaoru Kasai

Rimpa 400

Kaoru Kasai|Rimpa 400

Rimpa 400(Poster)

I decided to draw gregarious flowers in the Rinpa style, and drew flowers one after another at random, using a compass and a curve ruler. However, the picture looked somewhat flat, so I added a bee. I drew flowers in a blue tone like the petals drawn by Kenzan Ogata. As a result, the picture gave me the impression of being a mysterious evening party of ladies. I added arrow marks that imply the flowers’ self-consciousness. Then, the bee began to appear as if it had been caught by the gaze of flowers and unable to move. (Cooperating carver: Saeko Baba / Hand printer: Hidetsugu Itakura)

Kaoru Kasai

Kaoru Kasai(Japan)

Born in Sapporo in 1949; art director of SUN-AD Co., Ltd. Kasai has engaged in a variety of activities, including advertising production for Suntory Oolong Tea in longer term and UNITED ARROWS, LTD., art direction for TORAYA shops and packages, advertising art for movies and plays, and bookbinding. Recent works include: Bookbinding for Nagai-Iiwake (written by Miwa Nishikawa and published by Bunshun), Atmospheres (written by Peter Zumthor and published by Misuzu Shobo), JAGDA peace campaign poster “HIROSHIMA APPEALS 2013”, work for Itochu Corporation and advertising for movie “After the Storm” (directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda). Kasai is also the author of Zuroku Kaoru Kasai 1968 (published by ADP).