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Sumiko Seki

In traditional Japanese art, emotions are often expressed through the representation of the natural world. Sumiko Seki’s recent paintings draw on these traditions to portray the transience of life by depicting flowers in their exquisite temporary bloom and inevitable journey into decay. Seki’s paintings echo the symbolism of Japanese kimono design, which often has complex levels of meaning. Her intense cadmium yellows, for example, express the joy of harvest, whilst her red paintings symbolise passionate but transient love. Flowers that Seki selects are symbolic of human traits. The bamboo, for instance, bends in the wind but never breaks. One of the most striking aspects of Seki’s work is the way her flowers appear to float over their ethereal backgrounds.
Seki studied calligraphy in Japan, and this informs her direct impasto brush strokes. Birds, animals and butterflies (a symbol of rebirth) appear from the backgrounds and seem to hint at other symbols and narratives.

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  1. Sumiko Seki - Ruby Garden - Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Ruby Garden
    £5,500.00
  2.  Sumiko Seki - Illuminated Moor - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Illuminated Moor
    £3,000.00
  3. Sumiko Seki - Great Purple Emperor & Hebe  - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Great Purple Emperor & Hebe
    £600.00
  4. Sumiko Seki - Dragonfly & Yellow Rosa  - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Dragonfly & Yellow Rosa
    £600.00
  5. Sumiko Seki - Dragonfly & Astrantia  - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Dragonfly & Astrantia
    £600.00
  6. Sumiko Seki - Bee & Red Daisy - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Bee & Red Daisy
    £600.00
  7. Sumiko Seki - Bee & Purple Clematis - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
    Sumiko Seki
    Bee & Purple Clematis
    £600.00
  8.  Sumiko Seki - Magenta Lucid Dream - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
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    Magenta Lucid Dream
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  9.  Sumiko Seki - Enchantment Cherry Tree - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
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    Enchantment Cherry Tree
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  10. Sumiko Seki - Goldfish & Peony - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
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    Goldfish & Peony
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  11. Sumiko Seki - Ladybird & White Roses  - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
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    Ladybird & White Roses
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  12. Sumiko Seki - Ladybird & Blue Delphiniums  - courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
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    Ladybird & Blue Delphiniums
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