10 June 2015


BC Paperback

216x280 mm



160 pages

Search Press

The Art of Sumi-e

by Naomi Okamoto

In this beautiful book, Naomi Okamoto passes on her experience and knowledge of Sumi-e traditional Japanese ink painting that uses only ink, white space and simple brushstrokes to capture the essence of an object, person, animal or scene. With her deep understanding of both the technical and spiritual aspects of this ancient art, she guides the reader expertly through the materials required and the techniques involved, successfully conveying as she does so the cultural and historical background to this exquisite artform. There are numerous ink paintings and simple exercises throughout, making this book ideal for anyone wishing to acquire the skills associated with Sumi-e, as well as an understanding of the philosophy behind it.

A practical and informative text on a traditional form of Japanese ink painting.
Author successfully conveys the spiritual as well as the technical aspects of Sumi-e to a contemporary western audience.
A visually stunning book ideal for anyone with an appreciation of Japanese traditions, style and art.

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