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Tetsuo Mizu

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Whitestone Gallery is please to present the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by Tetsuo Mizù at our Hollywood Road gallery. This exhibition introduces the artist’s body of abstract works, inspired by international maritime signal flags.

Mizù s motifs of maritime signal flags makes him a very unique artist. The Maritime signal flags are an assortment of colors and shapes put together to create alphabets and numbers, in order to communicate between ships at sea. Mizù fuses these patterns with the nostalgic memories of his time in Italy and the times he played flag games with his daughter, to create soft hued rhythmic patterns that signals abstraction.

Surface texture is very important to Mizù’s oeuvre. In other words, Matière - matter and substance, represents the residue of the artist’s labor on the canvas. Mizù uses soft brushstrokes to generate a kind of pliable creamy textures Mamoru Yonekura, an art critic once described as: “together with his subtle hues, the quality of Mizù’s matiere is as pearls or ivory.” Furthermore, Mizù is fascinated with music, and the quality of his matière is akin to sounds, floating along the surface of the canvas. Such melodious attributes are enhanced by the lyricism of the titles.

Born in Tokyo in 1944 and studied paintings in Musashino Art University. Mizù encountered Modigiani’s paintings in 1968, and the latter became the artist’s life long inspiration. Notable commissions include, a stained-glass work for the church of St. Anna in Lavino, Rome in 1987, and a large scale mural for the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan in 1996. Mizù also published illustrated art books. He had exhibited extensively throughout his career, including a momentous exhibition in 1989, ‘Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Melois, and Mizù at B.I.A.F. Art Inter AG,’ in Barcelona, and held solo exhibitions throughout the world including, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Japan.