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b. 1953 Yokohama
1979 M.A. Tama University of Fine Arts
1977 B.A. Tama University of Fine Arts

Kuroda is one of the most important Japanese printmakers living today. He became famous in 1979 when the Cleveland Museum of Art organized the exhibition: 21 Young Contemporary Japanese Printmakers.

Kuroda suggests that things move so quickly in Tokyo that he wants to reflect the speed and movement in his bicycles. The umbrella is a very traditional symbol of Japan.

In a statement Kuroda Shigeki said that he has never intentionally made sketches of real umbrellas and bicycles but used those images only to “express the change, flow, and expanse of time in a pictorial dimension.” One can say that he has certainly met the challenge of depicting motion on paper. However, there is not a single person we know who owns his prints who does not think of them as bicycles and umbrellas. The subject has a universal appeal, but the reactions are different: Singaporeans think they are scenes of Paris; in Sydney art lovers know good and well that they must take place in Tokyo; and in Hong Kong people have it firsthand that they depict some exotic, unnamed locale. Kuroda states “Things move so quickly in Tokyo that I want to give the viewer the feeling of speed and movement.” The umbrella like in old paintings and prints is a traditional symbol of Japan.

Museums:
British Museum
Cleveland Museum of Art
Tochigi Museum
Yokohama Museum

light of the far east

rainy way

yankee stadium

Rain Curtain

Sound of Rain

Red Umbrella lll

Blue Mist, Yokohama

Windy Day, Tokyo

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