More about sumi-e
The first sumi-e artists were the monks of buddhist monasteries.
Primitive brushes were created from animal hair and glued to the ends of bamboo sticks.
The attraction of sumi-e is truly unique. Historically sumi-e painters range from samurai warriors of feudal Japan to the present day abstract renderings by contemporary sumi-e artists.
Sumi-e begins with the traditional studies of nature, bamboo, pine, chrysanthemum, and cherry blossom, but the technique and aesthetic approach of sumi-e can be applied to any subject - animals, nudes, cityscapes ...
In the late 19th century, Far Eastern art, especially the traditional Japanese brush painting known as Sumi-e, fired the European imagination and distinctively 'oriental' influence can be noted in paintings by van Gogh and impressionists of that time. Without this cross-fertilization, a host of post-impressionist movements from Art Nouveau to Fauvism, might never have occurred.
Now anyone interested in experiencing contemporary versions of the art that inspired Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse and a host of other luminaries can take a class in this unique approach to artistic expression.