Takumasa Ono is an artist working in two traditions.
On the one hand his work is reminiscent of the ukiyo-e school of Japanese printmaking, with its dramatic perspectives, striking silhouettes, and sensitivity to the seasons.
On the other hand his pictures remind one of the British tradition of country house views, showing the house as the focal point of the landscape.
For a number of years now Mr Ono has been travelling around Britain making ‘portrait’s of National Trust properties. Each picture is a highly personal take on a particular place.
Mr Ono is almost like one of those eighteenth century travellers seeking out picturesque views to sketch and paint.
But instead of using a Claude glass to give a classical tinge to the view, he brings a subtle Japanese perspective to the image. In Japan, too, there was a tradition of making pictures of ‘famous places’.
This year Mr Ono will be showing his work at the following National Trust properties:
- 30 April – 18 May: Ickworth House (Suffolk)
- 28 May – 13 June: Dinefwr Park and Castle (Carmarthenshire)
- 26 June – 11 July: Hanbury Hall (Worcestershire)
- 23 July – 6 August: Speke Hall (Liverpool)
- 18 August – 5 September: Baddesley Clinton (Warwickshire)
- 8 September – 26 September: Wightwick Manor (West Midlands)