Oil painter Simon Dalby describes his work as “magical realism.” Indeed, the photographic quality of Dalby’s canvases is taken to fantastical extremes. They are just a little too vivid, a little too sharp, to be called “realism.” A long-time resident of Tokyo, his renditions of Japan’s foliage and old culture have a dreamlike intensity. He captures not only the form but also the energy of these scenes. Woodturner Ian Hayden is also a Tokyoite and also finds much beauty in the native forms of Japan. Hayden likes to use the various Japanese woods for their vivid grain. The artists are exhibiting together at Gallery Field in Edogawabashi.
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Image: Simon Dalby and Ian Hayden, Hama-rikyu pine.