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Photo: Maarten Boswijk

Netherlands-based Japanese artist Hidenori Mitsue paints beautiful backgrounds that create the sensation of peering into a small sliver of a much larger scene. Then uses quicker paints strokes of bright whites and colors to produce the suggestion of people/birds set against the soft, hazy backgrounds.

The stark places are quite ordinary, leaving viewers to more fully concentrate on the artist’s creative, yet simple, interpretations of reality.

One review states, “In the paintings of Hidenori Mitsue, his Japanese background is clearly visible: traditional subjects like mountains and blossom trees work together with modern images of exotic birds. However, the strength of his work does not lie in his mixed cultural background, but in his artistic interpretation of the world around him. He does not have a definite process but displays his stories continuously in a different way. Hidenori Mitsue creates modern myths with his work.”

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