Shigeyuki Matsumoto was born in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan in 1961 and from a very young age was fond of drawing pictures and calligraphy. His single most passion was calligraphy, and even as a boy he remembers how the smell of the ink was very comforting. He quickly became hooked on calligraphy and became engrossed in trying to become the best in his field.
After entering adulthood, Shigeyuki became stressed when faced with working within an environment which honored the characteristics of Japanese society such as the spirit of cooperation, diligence and etiquette along with difficult human relations. During these times he was able to take his mind off these stresses and find inner calmness by turning his attention to his calligraphy brush.
Following this, he was greatly influenced by the Japanese culture of “Wa” or harmony, and believes that traditional Japanese calligraphy is greatly connected to Japanese spirituality.
He believes that in the pursuit of the true spiritual nature of Japanese people “Harmonious heart”, “Harmonious spirit”, “Harmonious landscape” the words and characters which make an impression on people are a representative of the spirit of the person at that time.
Self-taught in the traditional calligraphy skills, he uses the subject matter of “words” and makes creations through the use of shades and blurring of ink, along with blank spaces.
His spirit is incorporated into his free-flowing works, aiming to leave you with the feeling of movement, his works are like living objects.
He believes that the most beautiful thing within Japanese art is the expression of blank spaces, airspaces and nothingness and that beauty is the spaces and nothingness within Japanese art.
He doesn’t work within the traditional Japanese calligraphy framework, but is searching for his own unique expressive style which combines his own spirit and subject matter in a literary style which he continues to develop.
He also likes Japanese paintings and he incorporates the techniques used in Japanese paintings into his calligraphy.
Appointment ony on Wednesday.