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BEMAC Presents: Quintessence – Japanese Beauty & Kagero (陽炎) – Into the Simmering Flame

BEMAC Presents: Quintessence – Japanese Beauty & Kagero (陽炎) – Into the Simmering Flame

Quintessence – Japanese Beauty, is an exhibition of stunning images by Brisbane photographer, John Pryke that captures the true essence of Japanese beauty.

“I have always been fascinated by the colours and forms I find in Japan. Capturing Japanese beauty, which is often calm, tranquil, eloquent and glamourous and at times understated, is my joy. Introducing it to the world is my mission. The majority of the photographs for ‘Quintessence’ were taken in December 2015 and January 2016. In these winter months, the air is cold and crisp in Japan so colours in nature are felt especially bold and vivid. Under the weak sun when the day is short, things seem to look more mysterious through the lens.

I hope audience will enjoy the quiet but bold beauty of Japanese winter in this exhibition.”

Kagero (陽炎) – Into the Simmering Flame features the earthy and visceral ceramics of Brisbane-based Japanese artist, Ken Kikkawa.

“The concept behind my art pieces is the incorporation of both Australian and Japanese cultures to create artistic, sculptural and functional forms of ceramic design. ”

About the Artists

John Pryke is a Brisbane-based photographer with over 30 years photographic experience in Australia and internationally. John started his career as a news photographer at Sun Newspapers in Brisbane and later moved to Reuters which took him to Japan, which is his mother’s country, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and US.  He has worked for Getty Images and AAP (Australian Associated Press) before starting his own photography business JKDimagery in his hometown Brisbane. Currently, John mainly works in the field of fashion photography and for corporate clients while exhibiting his more art-inclined works.  He has developed a style known which encompasses his own aesthetics and aims to capture the essence of his subjects.

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Kiyotsune ‘Ken’ Kikkawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has lived in Brisbane over the alst 26 years.  Ken works predominantly in the medium of clay, including traditional and new material clays.

Following his studies at the Southbank TAFE in Brisbane, and also under Master Yasuo Terada from Seto City, Japan, his works have been displayed in various art shows including the Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Redland Art Gallery Exhibition, Stanthorpe Art Festival, Moreton Bay Art Awards, The Catherdral of St. Stephen Art Group Exhibition, Fusions Group Exhibitions, Moreton Bay College Greenware Exhibition and Hanasho West End Solo and Group Exhibitions.  He was involved in the ‘Suikinkutsu’ (Water Harp) Public Art Works at Roma Street Park, Brisbane.

Event Snapshot

Dates: Monday 18 April - Friday 3 June
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Tickets: Free
Address: 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point