Los Angeles

Rikio Takahsashi

Comara Gallery

Takahashi is another Japanese nature boy who has maintained his traditional heritage while mastering the art of woodcuts. He has sublimated the ego into nature with various scaled, delicate forms. The compositions are handsome, the textures elegant, and the colors subtly well-done. In many of these prints he enlarges leafy particles of nature on strong landscaped backgrounds. The most successful are the large circular prints which become a paradox of a large dynamic shape composed of intricate textures. The artist must have been more involved with these shadow-patterned, circular life embryos than bamboo-leafed landscapes. Particularly successful is Flourish, a yellow-violet circle with rust and blues geometrically placed on a fine, heavy, rice-like paper.

Susan R. Snyder