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    Sale 2605

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 426

    SATOSHI FURUI

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    SATOSHI FURUI
    (Born in 1959)
    Flowering
    three oil on wood panel
    90 x 120 cm. (35 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.) x 3 pieces
    Painted in 2007 (3)


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    "Even the life of a single flower in a field, offers us an important message about the meaning of life. I started the Flowering series in 2005. After the Mushroom Cloud series I had started in 1995, I felt that I wanted to paint something else related to life. After a long process of trials and error, I encountered a Christmas Rose flower one day, which gave me the definite motivation to paint flowers. It became the first painting in the series.

    I have one simple question when I paint flowers: 'why does this flower exist here in this color and shape?' Flowers in a field have existed, regardless of the complicated and sometimes very serious problems of humans or human society. Looking back at history, human beings of all races and nations have regarded flowers as something to express human feelings a priori. For example, filling gardens and balconies with flowers, decorating hair and clothes with flowers, sending flowers as gifts for congratulating people or for expressing love or sorrow. Human beings tried to express their feelings to others with flowers. They have chosen flowers as their spokesman.

    My basic stance in painting flowers, plants and any other living beings is that humans are not the only privileged species of all kinds living on Earth. The Flowering series in which I try to capture its beauty and dignity is a portrait of flowers. I am convinced that the awareness of coexistence with various kinds of living things, will lead to feelings of happiness for human beings. Through its unique way of existence, a flower in a field has such a precious message of life."


    Satoshi Furui

    Satoshi's Flowering series # 10, 11, 12 (Lot 426) not only reflects his idealistic approach toward the coexistence of human beings and nature, but also his sensitive and highly observant painting technique. In this triptych piece he seeks to portray a flower's diverse appearance, capturing its prosperous liveliness through incredibly detailed and realistic depiction and superb color application. His close-up portraits of three different flower species (Orange Begonia, Thin Purple Iris and Light Blue German Iris), confers each flower its very own personality and intrinsic characteristics. Through these anthropomorphic elements Satoshi emphasizes nature's existential significance.