Nishikigoi

Nishikigoi

Nishikigoi

Nishikigoi

In the photos above, my artwork “Nishikigoi” can be seen hanging in the entrance lobby of Nan Gallery, Taipei. The first Western artist to exhibit at the gallery, which was one of the first in Taiwan, founded 30 years ago.  The work is currently with Der-Horng Gallery (http://www.derhorng.com/en/index.php), my representing gallery in Tainan.

The word koi comes from Japanese, simply meaning “carp”. It includes both the dull grey fish and the brightly colored varieties. What are known as koi in English are referred to more specifically as nishikigoi in Japan (literally meaning “brocaded carp”). In Japanese, koi is a homophone for another word that means “affection” or “love”; koi are, therefore, symbols of love and friendship in Japan. An example of this can be seen in the short story by Mukoda Kuniko, “Koi-san”. The koi is also an often recurring symbol in Irezumi, the Japanese art of traditional tattooing.

The work in question is a photographic pigment print on hand-made cotton based fine-art paper. It comes from a series of four artworks, which are the first of new works produced under my Chinese name, with a specific focus on East Asia. It bears my official chop (seal) on the front lower right side and is signed, numbered and dated verso. Framed in wood behind plexiglas, and bordered in Chinese gold brocade, woven from 24 carat pure gold. The work is a limited edition of 3 (+1 a.p.), and measures 180cm x 125cm (framed size). The full series of four artworks can be viewed on my official website via this link.

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