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Press release

April 4, 2018


Hironori Katagiri: Lifetide

May 11 June 2, 2018, at Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh

Private View: Thursday, May 10th , 6-8pm

Japanese sculptor Hironori Katagiri is best known for his impressive large-scale site-specific public

sculptures across Europe and Japan. This is the first time Katagiri is exhibiting his drawings in Edinburgh

alongside his domestic scale stone sculptures. Lifetide”is a solo exhibition of colour and form celebrating

the rich complexity of life.


Katagiri and his wife, Scottish sculptor Kate Thomson, work both at their Ukishima Sculpture Studio in

Japan, and their second studio in Edinburgh.

Drawing is a vital part of Katagiri’

sculpture (from rough idea sketches, to proposals, and

plans). For over 40 years, drawing as an art form in its

own right has also been an important part of his

creative practice. In a new series made especially for

this exhibition he draws with vivid colour pencil on

characteristic Indian hand-made cotton paper. He then

cuts, reverses or replaces sections to create shifting

perceptions like musical chord inversions, putting each

colour harmony into a new context.

Image: ‘Lifetide’, colour pencil on Indian cotton paper,

30.5 x 30.5 mm, 2018; photo: Hironori Katagiri

Since he studied painting and sculpture at art school,

colour and form have been symbiotic fascinations. In the late 70s he found drawing gave him more

freedom to experiment with colour, cutting and inverting sections to explore new relationships and

harmonies. 20 years ago he started drawing with graphite on 3m sheets of roughly textured handmade

Nepalese paper. After the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, Katagiri’

monochrome inversions in Light and Silence”series of drawings expressed the void left behind by

catastrophic loss and attempted to find solace. This and his darker, more melancholic Ghost Memory”

series are powerful emotional responses to the devastation he saw in the coastal city of Kesennuma where

he was born and grew up.

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s process for making

Katagiri constantly returns to previous themes and

techniques, re-editing them to develop and refine

his understanding of the tides of life. Each art

form has a quality that is unique to them, yet they

inform each other. While the sculptures distil the

essence of life into pure abstract form, the

drawings are perhaps more immediate responses

to the ebb and flow of life.

Image: ‘Streamline’, Japanese basalt,

490 x 90 x 100(h) mm; photo: Hironori Katagiri

When drawing purely for its own sake Katagiri is

free from the demands of gravity that apply to sculpture, and he can explore an alternative reality of space

and texture. Like his more famous sculptures, his drawings have a presence and power that resonates with

our instinctive desire to connect with nature and each other.

Searching for essential form, proportion, texture and composition that expose the qualities of the material,

and evoke people's senses, memories and imagination, I want to inspire people to look with fresh eyes, to

explore the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it.” says Katagiri.


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Katagiri Hironori is working in Scotland April May 10th, 2018 and available for interview/ photos.

Contact: Jurgita Galbraith, Birch Tree Gallery

0131 556 4000