Zen and the art of Japanese Ceramics

Kenji URANISHI 'Pleated bowl' 2009 porcelain with celadon glaze, 11.8 x 20.0 cm Les Renfrew bequest 2009 Newcastle Art Gallery collection
6 November 2010 - 16 January 2011

In celebration of the sister-city relationship between the City of Newcastle and Ube, Japan this exhibition explores the influence of Zen Buddhism on art with its emphasis of gesture, simplicity, spontaneity and the essential qualities of materials, technique and the object. Through the Gallery’s significant collection of Japanese ceramics these principles are given form and are further translated into western painting by Australian artists including Royston Harpur, Peter Upward and Tony Tuckson.


Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill