The Art of Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase — Award Winning Calligraphy from a poem by Sonpun
Based on a Chinese Classic poem by Sonpun, this award–winning calligraphy by Master Takase was displayed at the Apollo Museum of Arts in Osaka, Japan — Copyright © Eri Takase
This best–of–category award–winning calligraphy by Master Takase, based on a Classic Chinese poem by Sonpun, is almost 8 Feet tall and was placed on display at the Apollo Museum of Arts in Osaka, Japan. While the preparation needed to create such works typically takes days, the brushwork itself is usually completed in a matter or minutes.
Master Takase describes the experience creating this particular work, “I take the brush filling it with ink. I have points in mind but these are now a whisper somewhere. I have a script to follow but this is not writing on air, I have touched the paper and I know it. I make adjustments on the fly, some small, some not so small and I feel the heft of the brush lighten as the paper takes the ink — the resistance changing with decorations and gold inclusions.” She continues, “In creating this I have kind of duck walked backwards the length of the almost 8 foot high paper four times only resting on one knee to write. Each time not stepping on the paper, not dripping ink, aware of every move. 112 kanji characters in four columns.”