Tale of Genji

This image by 17th c. Tosa Mitsuoki featuring the 11th c. writer of the Tale of Genji, ‘appeared’ out of the blue in my suimonga creation above.

Dead Zen masters

I create talismanic art, cards, sigils, and darkroom silver gelatin prints. The style is calligraphic and photographic.

The source of inspiration is dead Zen masters, though, on occasion, I bow to contemporary Zen artists.

For instance, when Yamamoto Masao appeared in my dream and gave me instructions, it led to the creation of the exclusive Tarot Interdit.

Arcades Tarot followed right after it, exploring the idea of visual haikus in and out of perspective (forthcoming).

For calligraphy, the medium I use is ink in the Chinese and Japanese tradition. I experiment with traditional marbling, or ‘suminangashi,’ but prefer the variant called ‘suimonga’ the invention of rocket scientist Kuroda Takaji.

For photography, I’m interested in mixed media, digital meets film. After 40 years of a break, I’ve returned to the darkroom. Currently I’m putting together a series of silver gelatin prints under the title The Danish Testament, in honor of collector K. Frank Jensen, whose Leica M2 from 1963 I’ve inherited.

Once upon a time I did oil paintings that now hang in the houses of other art collectors.

Some of my art has decidedly magical applications as well, often in the forms of sigils.

Contact me if you wish to inquire more, or commission any of these art forms: ink, calligraphy, sigils, or gelatin silver prints on fiber-based paper.

Enjoy a few sample images below.