Lithographic print of "Lion of Tradition" by listed artist, Hisashi Otsuka (HI, Japan, 1947-). Depicted is a kabuki story, the dance of Father and Son, the white lion (featured in this lot) and red lion (featured in the next lot), in celebration of the son’s emergence into manhood. The age and wisdom of the father in white is reflected in the youth and vigor of his inheritor as they swirl their elegant manes in jubilation. Art measures 24" h x 35" w.
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Hisashi Otsuka’s artwork is a powerful balance of ancient Eastern techniques and modern Western ideas. Like a concert musician with perfect pitch, he has perfect color memory and sense. Otsuka's time-honored poets and warriors, kabuki figures, ukiyo-e women, and elegant calligraphy are steeped in the classical past. Yet in color and composition, his work achieves a vigorous, contemporary context. Monumental in scope and meticulous in detail, it offers an aesthetic of heroic and subtle impact.