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Art Treasures from around the World - Part II

A continuing exhibit including works by artists of  Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the USA, and introducing , new to the gallery,  the paintings of  Gabriel Schmitz

Oil on Paper
© 1998 Gabriel Schmitz

Exhibit at The Williams Gallery

8 Chambers Street, Princeton NJ.

February 1 - March 31, 1999

Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM & by appointment.

Poet's Tears I-S
©1998 Y.Tamekane

Gabriel Schmitz, represented by Pringle International Art, draws inspiration for his work from the traditional dances of Latin America and Africa.   The influence of photography and cinematography are also evident in his paintings.   The artist typically depicts the human body in a state of motion.  As a native of Germany, Schmitz's exposure to expressionism is evident in his figurative work.

Mr. Schmitz studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland followed by a fellowship at the Belles Art de Salamanca in Spain.  He received a Masters Degree in European Fine Art in Winchester, England.

Yoshikatsu Tamekane is known for the addition of rich textural qualities to his woodblock images. This he achieves through the use of the woodblock/collagraph (an intaglio printing method from a plate to which pieces of cardboard or other material are applied). The raised surfaces are inked and printed. The artist often incorporates gold and silver leaf, as well as more muted coloring, to create dynamic images of depth and mystery.

The woodblocks of Tamekane explore a variety of themes, including Time and Space. He explains:

"I savor the past and also look forward to the next century as a time of hope and advancement for the human spirit".

His titles reflect his philosophy: "Horizon, From a Memory, White Dream, A Remembrance". He may include landscapes, and such diverse elements as distant moons or planets, a musical clef, sweeping brush strokes, or even a shadowy horizon enhanced with the rich texture of silver leaf. In each, the artist successfully draws in the viewer - with composition, texture, color and dimensionality all combing to create a vision of haunting beauty.

Born in 1959, Mr. Tamekane studied at Sokei Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Japan Print Association and has shown 6 consecutive years in the prestigious CWAJ Print Show. His art is in the collection of Bibliotheque National, Paris; Osaka Contemporary Art Center; Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; The Williams Collection, Princeton, NJ and numerous private and corporate collections.


From Australia: Etchings by Jörg Schmeisser

From Italy: Oil miniatures by Pietro Rapisarda

From Japan: Lithographs by Susumu Endo & Woodblocks by Tamekane

From Mexico: Sculpture and Prints from Oaxaca

The Netherlands: Etchings by Weijburg

From Russia: Fine beaded jewelry by Tatiana Alexeeva

From the USA: Painting, sculpture and works on paper by gallery artists.   Hand-blown glass ornaments by Buechner, Harkenrider and Kuster.

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