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Majestic Waterfall Paintings Evoke Sense of Calm

Japanese painter Hiroshi Senju makes large scale paintings of waterfalls using interesting materials and an age old technique. His method involves creating paints by grinding mineral pigments from natural materials like stone, shell and corals into powder, binding them with animal-hide glue, and then, with extreme delicacy, pouring this paint onto Japanese mulberry paper. This approach takes from the thousand-year-old Nihonga style of painting, which emphasizes natural materials.

Senju has been exploring waterfalls for over 20 years. His stunningly sublime images often take up whole walls as viewers stand back in awe at his towering of cascades of water. As he said, “By pouring paint from top to bottom, I have been painting not the illusion of the waterfall, but creating the waterfall itself.”

Hiroshi Senju's website

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