Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Tetsuo Mizù, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a painter last year.

Mizù has established his own unique world by incorporating "international maritime signal flags," which are indispensable for communication between ships, into his paintings. He was in the limelight in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s, with numerous exhibitions held in Italy, France, Spain, and other countries. 

The "Flag" series combines a taste of abstract paintings with a touch of poetic sensibility. Inspiration for his outer layers, curves, and colors, which is a form of consequence in abstraction, comes from the flags fluttering in the wind on board as well as the buntings under the bright sun in Italian open squares. As for his lyricism, the artist may have been influenced by the pathos of Modigliani whom he looked up to as his mentor and Yumeji Takehisa. In addition, his matte texture, which reminds us of the design of Japanese cultural refinement such as ukiyoe and hanafuda (Japanese playing cards), cannot fail to attract the viewers’ eyes.

This exhibition will feature not only his representative "Flag" series from the 1990s and 2000s also include "Voice," the significant work in his early period that gives us a glimpse of the hitherto process of abstraction, "CORONA, ViRUS," a painting literally as a quick response to the Corona crisis in 2020, and the latest work from 2021.

We cordially invite you to come visit the vibrant world of Tetsuo Mizù.

Karuizawa Gallery

1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)267 46 8691
Fax: +81 (0)267 46 8692
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday

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TETSUO MIZÙ

Mizù creates the design following the title of the work with combining international maritime signal flags. Flag series puts him in the limelight in 1980’s. Spends his time in Italy, France and Spain and exhibits the works across the borders of countries. Receives special prize at the First Representational Art Concours in Anzio and installs stained glass at St. Anna Church in Lavino, Rome in 1987. He is invited to the multiple exhibitions including Chagall, Dali, Picasso, Melois and Mizù (Barcelona, Spain) in 1989 and the joint exhibition with Dali (Beaune, France) in 1990: it shows how high he has been acclaimed in Europe. Although his matte and full-brimmed texture divided by extra-fine lines represent the modern abstract, it is sometimes drawn an affinity with Ukiyo-e. His works are introduced at the art fairs such as Art Basel (Basel, Switzerland), FIAC (Paris, France), Art Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and more.

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