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Neil Holton Japanese Art


A root wood carving of a plump Hare or Rabbit.

Limbs are stretched, elongating the posture which gives the impression the animal is leaping, perhaps evading a predator. One ear joins the shoulder and the other ear is free from the body. View the work from above the twist in the body enforces this feeling of motion, marry this with the asymmetric placement of the ears and limb positioning, ones minds eye might wander. I picture a green field with scores of rabbits scurrying at speed. Though the plumpness of the animal also means the field is a haven for the species, happily feeding on lush grass and long nights sleep in the safety of a burrow.

So much of the root wood art appeal is directed by the nature of the medium. The artist was uniquely challenged in seeing the potential in the material. To appreciate root wood art, it is a must to acknowledge that so much of the traditions appeal is its organic uniqueness. Visual realism is replaced with suggestion. A great deal of the works engagement with the viewer is imagined. Indeed like the challenge the creator faced, we are now challenged as observers to envisage parts of a Hare or Rabbit to fully and completely immerse oneself in the narrative of the work of art.

On those stressful days at work, sitting at ones desk, wishing for a break but unable to take one, what could be better than to reach for a vivid work of art that satisfies the heart through touch and softens the mind by catapulting the imagination. It beats a capacino and a biscuit leaps and bounds!

12.8cm Wide.