Toshihiro Hamano was born in 1937 in Japan. He is internationally renowned for a body of work that visually combines contemporary ideas rooted in the West with Eastern philosophy – which sees the invisible and hears the inaudible.
Drawing inspiration from the works of past masters, Hamano created the screens for The Illustrated Life of Prince Shōtoku using his own concepts. This work is one of Hamano’s most important creations. By revisiting the traditional aesthetics of Japan and the Far East, he presents an original and innovative artistic universe.
This large-scale work (consisting of 4 screens, resulting in a total length of 36 metres / 118 feet) was commissioned by High Priest Hinonishi Koson, Head of the Chūgū-ji temple in Nara, during the construction of the Kyuwa-den: a new pavilion inside this religious edifice.
Like with maki-e (the lacquer technique where a surface is covered in gold dust), the gold-on-black panels reveal Prince Shōtoku’s deeds and accomplishments, illustrated inside seventy bubbles of different size.
A set of Hamano’s recent works on the theme of tea houses will complete the exhibition and be presented alongside the screens.
© La vie illustrée du prince Shotoku, automne, hiver, printemps, été. Hamano toshihiro