Shigeki Kuroda 黒田 茂樹 (1953 - )
Born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. He graduated from Tama Art University with additional study at Cornish College in Seattle. He is best known for his images of umbrellas and riders on bicycles. He aims to express the concept of motion. Using the bicycle as the primary object, he added umbrellas. The idea came from a scene in a Hitchcock film, as well the fact that in Japan bicyclists always have umbrellas when it rains. Other changes in composition have developed over the years: in his early works, the bicycles and umbrellas were floating in vacant space. He then added trees, walls, fences, walkways, with the static structures emphasizing the rushing movement.
Kuroda’s technique is intaglio printing. He uses a variety of different processes to achieve contrast in his lines – some sharp and thin, others thick and blurred – and in his background or colour areas – some smooth and uniform, others dappled or textured.
More recently, Kuroda has added animals to his repertoire. Birds and butterflies feature prominently, and it may be the representation of movement that makes them attractive as a subject. Another new direction has been in technique: quite a few of the recent prints are executed in the mezzotint technique, a most challenging and time-consuming process. Kuroda has also started working with watercolour and Sumi ink on Japanese washi paper, in many instances layering the paper over each other so that the image below appears as if in a fog.
Medium: Etching, Drypoint, Mezzotint, Aquatint, Mixed Media, Watercolor.