Hideyuki Sobue was born in 1965
in Aichi, Japan, and grew up in an orphanage. He graduated from
Osaka University of Arts on a scholarship. Sobue has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and Japan.
Notable exhibitions include "Conversation with Ruskin",
celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin's birth,
supported by Arts Council England (The Blue
Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston/ The Ruskin Museum, Library and
Research Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster);
"Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets" (Itami City Museum
Kakimori Bunko, Japan); "I Wandered...", commemorating the
200th anniversary of the final publication of William
Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
(Rydal Mount & Gardens, Ambleside); "The Way I See"
supported by Arts Council England (Japan House
Gallery, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London); the
Royal Scottish Academy Open (RSA Lower Gallery, Edinburgh),
"I have created and developed a brush
hatching technique using acrylic and Japanese sumi ink. This was
initially inspired by the classic method of "disegno", based on
drawing, established in Florentine school in Renaissance.
Technically I have enhanced the concept by combining it with the
latest neurological studies, which reveal that the human visual
brain perceives objects by oriented lines predominantly. This
evidence might show the difference between painting and letters,
long hidden in the prehistoric age. In my practice, I attempt to
gather the threads of "narrative" in creating textures of the
ever-changing present moment, embodying semiotic images of our
time." - Hideyuki Sobue
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