Salisbury Library & Galleries/Fujio Akai

In January 2008, the Fund made a grant of £2,750 towards the purchase of the painting 'Fiesta' by the Indonesian-born artist, Fujio Akai, who works in Europe and Japan. Additional contributions to the cost of the painting (total cost £8,000) were made by the Art Fund and the Edwin Young Trust.

Fiesta by Fujio Akai

Fujio Akai, Fiesta. Reproduced by permission of
Salisbury Library & Galleries, Wiltshire County Council, 2008

'Fiesta' is a large enveloping work that draws you into a sea of colour. The palette of colour is intense and personal, floating and gestural. It is predominantly red and pink with yellow, orange, marked with green and blue. The whiteness and texture of the paper support the colour and enhance its luminous quality and atmospheric liveliness. Although the work is abstract it undoubtedly is based on reality and events. It has a structure that is fluid, yet clearly defined across the whole field of the work. The 'Water-paint' as the curator describes the medium, is free, yet controlled, allowing the pigment to congeal and create special effects. There is a sense of music and excitement echoing with the works of Kandinsky painted in response to music. They have a contemplative quality and 'speak to the realm of the emotions', and have been described as ‘a joy to see’.

'Fiesta' is one of the key works currently on show in the ‘Otherworlds’ exhibition being held in the Main Gallery, Salisbury Library & Galleries, Market Place, Salisbury. A family learning day...held on the 23rd February, provided an opportunity to explore the works on display. Nerys Johnson had a keen interest in using the arts in education and the collection recognises the generous contribution her trust has played in making this acquisition possible.

(Salisbury Library & Galleries press release, February 2008).

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