To decorate a rather bland wall of my Zoom studio for martial arts teaching, I decided to make a painting from an old linocut print “Love and Hope for Japan from South Africa”.
The linocut print was created by me (Japanese artist) and two others (Finnish carver and South African printer) for a US-originated project “Inspired by Japan”, for which 60 printmakers from all over the world collaborated and produced original woodblock/linocut prints to raise funds to assist people affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. In South Africa, three exhibitions were held in total, two in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town.
I hung up the new painting on the wall on a Wednesday. After evening classes, a tai chi student in Cape Town was keen to buy the painting while another in Midrand wanted a print (There are still a few prints left if anybody is interested).
I took the painting to the nearest PostNet outlet, sent it to Cape Town, came home, had a cup of green tea and hung up different paintings on the wall.
My Zoom studio is becoming a virtual gallery/exhibition space…???