The World of Masayuki Miyata comes to ToledoWritten by Myndi Milliken | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mance Thompson has traveled the world promoting the works of late Japanese artist Masayuki Miyata. This week, Thompson returned to his former home, Toledo, as part of The World of Masayuki Miyata exhibit at Paula Brown Gallery.
Thompson stood among guests Oct. 20 at the gallery’s opening reception of its new location -— the first international art gallery to open on the ”Avenue of the Arts” in Downtown Toledo. He provided background information on nearly 40 pieces of Miyata’s unique Japanese art and shared his personal experiences dealing with the art from all corners of the globe.
He points to a majestic tiger — a serigraph print made from a Miyata Kiri-e original.
”Every piece has its own story, its own meaning,” he said. ”The tiger stands for five qualities we should all strive to have: fortitude, courage, selflessness, ability to protect others and to fight for what is right. That tiger, even though he is laying down, is ready to pounce.”
Thompson describes the intricate details of the print; the tiger is made of brushed platinum and gold.
”This piece brings out the strength in you,” he said. ”It is good for leaders to have it in their office, and it builds morale.”
Thompson said he studied Asian culture and moved to Japan six years ago. Living in Tokyo, he serves as International Division Manager and assistant to Miyata’s wife, Shulei Ryu, who has served as president of Miyata’s company and promoted his work for 38 years. He travels with more than 300 pieces to hundreds of galleries each year.
Miyata, who is famous for his woodblocks, serigraphs and most notably for his hand-cut Kiri-e art, died 9 years ago. His works, such as ”Mt. Fuji, Wind Through Pines” and ”Red Mt. Fuji” hang in destinations such as the Chinese State guesthouse and the United Nations.
”Even though the artist is Japanese, the Chinese accept it,” Thompson said. ”Art is more than something to be looked at, and if you look at his work, there is so much depth and meaning to everything.”
The timing of The World of Masayuki Miyata exhibit at Paula Brown Gallery was pure luck, said gallery owner Peter Brown, as it just happened to coincide with the opening of the gallery’s new location at 912 Monroe St. The gallery was formerly at
135 N. Michigan St.
”We wanted to have the business, the gallery and the shop, all together in one location,” Brown said. ”We wanted to stay Downtown because we want to help Toledo bring the Downtown
Brown said Paula Brown Gallery, named after his wife, is
designed to bring international art into Toledo.
For nearly five years, the gallery has featured unique artists from around the world.
”We work with galleries in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” he said. ”We do not try to compete with galleries that feature local artists.”
The World of Masayuki Miyata will be on display at Paula Brown Gallery through Dec. 22.