Nishigaki Daido | Circle
"The circle - an inexhaustible treasure", by Nishigaki Daido, the abbot of a small temple in Kinosaki. It is brushed on a piece of Tsugigami, a collage of different sheets of cut or torn paper. This wonderful technique which looks so modern dates back to the 12th century. The artist chose a rather eccentric piece of paper which contrasts the dark ink of his self-confident calligraphy and gives it a cheerful twist.
Nishigaki Daido did not travel far. He was born in Kinosaki an Onsen-village in Hyogo Prefecture near Toyooka. And at a very young age he entered the neighboring Zen temple, Gokurakuji, affiliated with Daitokuji in Kyoto.
Nishigaki Daido (1942-1984)
Ink on paper
35 x 47.3 cm (13 ¾ x 18 ½ in.)
Mounting: 118 x 61.4 cm (47 x 24 in.)
Original box (tomobako)