CM: Seiho is primarily a landscape artist with a mastery in representing the natural beauty of Japan. His specialty is 'Kyō-Yaki' (literally Kyōto Ceramics), which is a special type of decorated Japanese ceramic wares produced in Kyōto from about the middle of the 17th century. Seiho's present Kyō-Yaki is his homage to Lafcadio Hearn, with whom he was acquainted through Nihon no Omokage (Out of the East), a 4-episode TV drama on his life directed by Nakamura Katsushi and Otonari Masato and launched in March 1984. Seiho's portrait is painted after Frederick Gutekunst's 1889 photograph of Lafcadio at the age of 39 in Philadelphia. Painted with perfect brushstrokes of 'sumi-e' (literally ink painting) in the classical Japanese style, retaining much of the traditional manner of figurative art, made this portrait of Lafcadio unique. The background is made of circular brushstrokes of 'uwa-gusuri', a thin layer of glass enamel, which creates a special nuance evoking the sitter's aura.
[Megakles Rogakos 07/2009]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens