Ashura An complex and lively composition, finely balanced, between the Buddhist figure and it's shadows; fine color with mica highlights. The Buddhist Prints are a brief artistic reflection by Hodaka on his own Japanese Buddhist cultural tradition. His red seal on each print indicates this. See Print Details
Black Flower Overlapping shapes and colors in of upwards reaching, organic forms. A beautifully balanced composition. The Early Prints, 1950-53, show Hodaka interested in people, nature, and intrinsic power.The style is semiabstract, with simplicity of form and elegance in color See Print Details
Buddhist Statues, Hahuko-futso An elegant and subtle composition of figural forms in shades of ivory, mottled browns, black and tan; the figures rise in softly elongated form, evoking Buddhist imagery, yet leave interpretation to the beholder. The tonal detail, rather musical in effect, makes this image a fascinating experience, ever new to behold. See Print Details
Festival Lively and vibrant composition of loose, curvelinear and abstract shapes in diamond form Mythology was implicit in most of Hodakas work up to this point. In the Mythology and Landscape Prints 1966-74 it becomes explicit, both in titles and in the idea that modern culture is driven by its own myths. To express this Hodaka created his version of Pop art, which is quite different from what he had seen in 1963 in New York. He sought to unmask the energy, the drumbeat of the modern myth and its impact on society and nature See Print Details
Katsura A stone path leads to a Katsura. An abstract highly geometric interpretation of a traditional Japanese Structure See Print Details
Love Softly overlapping shapes represent embracing figures. The artist used a collage like effect, as shapes cut out of paper. The Early Prints, 1950-53, show Hodaka interested in people, nature, and intrinsic power. Love and Hate shows the energy in emotion. The style is semiabstract, with simplicity of form and elegance in color See Print Details
Magic Curvilinear and rectangular shapes are combined, forming a rich pattern of softened geometric shapes that both contrast and harmonize in colors of black, greys. ochre and white See Print Details
Mayan Sacrifice A Woman, portrayed as a sacrificial object lies prone, her head resting on a blue stone. Subtle shades of color are revealed under and through her body; her heart is displayed at the surface. A beautiful, thought-provoking image See Print Details
Miroku-bosatsu An diety is portrayed from the side with head and arm bent in reflection. This beautiful abstract image is enhanced with mica detail. The Buddhist Prints are a brief artistic reflection by Hodaka on his own Japanese Buddhist cultural tradition. His red seal on each print indicates this. See Print Details
Narrow Street A bold mid-century abstract in vibrant shades of blue See Print Details
One Summer Day Vibrant abstract group of colorful images of geometric forms, some bird and human images in fascinating compositions See Print Details
Three Windows and Three Doors Exceptionally fine, interesting composition in bright, beautiful color See Print Details
Woods In this elegant Woodblock Print, Hodaka uses vertical and diagonal shapes, creating an animated, yet controlled pattern of overlapping, advancing and receeding shapes in earthy tones of grey, brown and black.
Look closely, and it appears that a figure is stalking through the dense rushes and slender trees.