Conversation with Ruskin – Exhibition by Hideyuki Sobue 8th August – 17th November at Brantwood

Conversation with Ruskin – Exhibition by Hideyuki Sobue 8th August – 17th November at Brantwood

Conversation with Ruskin

Exhibition by Hideyuki Sobue

Brantwood, Coniston 8 August – 17 November 2019


Hideyuki Sobue asserts the spirituality of John Ruskin in an age of Artificial Intelligence, questioning a materialist world where the soul is seen as merely chemical and electronic processes of the brain. Centre-piece of Sobue’s exhibition is a remarkable portrait in a horizontal double-vision image which promotes a visual illusion so that the portrait can be seen as a single image in another dimension, emerging from the support surface. In his Blue Gallery installation Sobue depicts Ruskin as a prophet in a period of ecological and existential crisis. Ruskin stressed the importance of learning from nature in art practice. Sobue has drawn on Ruskin’s original drawings for inspiration to produce an accompanying series of works focusing on observation of nature, each portraying the essence of what he has personally experienced in the Lake District, looking into the history and life of this unique landscape, building a platform for the audience to enter into dialogue with Ruskin.


Hideyuki Sobue | Artist BIO 2019

Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, who lives and works in the Lake District, UK, has established his art practice focused on painting and drawing, exploring how to derive the maximum technical and conceptual potential from those practices.  Over the past 10+ years, Sobue has developed his original new brush hatching technique, using Japanese sumi ink and acrylic, which was inspired by the concept of disegno established in the Florentine Renaissance, combined with the ongoing study of neurology on a variety of themes. As far as the technique with its concept is concerned, there are no other artists have ever tried, it is thoroughly originated by Sobue. His aim is to create a platform bridging East and West, and our heritage and contemporary understanding, by means of drawing and painting through delving into the core meaning of the human act of seeing.


Previous exhibitions include: Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize [Piano Nobile Kings Place, London] (2019, 2015); London Art Fair [Business Design Centre, London] (2017); “Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets” supported by the Wordsworth Trust [Itami City Art Museum Kakimori Bunko, Hyogo, Japan] (2016); Royal Scottish Academy Open [RSA Lower Galleries, Edinburgh] (2015, 2014); “I Wandered…” in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the final publication of William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (solo show) [Rydal Mount, Ambleside] (2015); ING Discerning Eye [Mall Galleries, London] (2014); “The Way I See” supported by Arts Council England (solo show) [Japan House Gallery, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London] (2013); 20/21 International Art Fair [Royal College of Art, London] (2012, 2011); Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open [RBSA Gallery, Birmingham] (2012, 2011).


Sobue’s touring solo art project “Conversation with Ruskin” for celebrating the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth is scheduled at the Blue Gallery [Brantwood, Coniston] (2019) and The Ruskin [Lancaster University] (2020) supported by Arts Council England. Sobue is represented by GX Gallery (London) and his works are currently held in public & private collections in Japan, UK, Australia, Canada and USA.


Conversation with Ruskin is on display in the Blue Gallery.  Open every day 10.30am-5.00pm.  Admission is included in the House ticket.

Further information:  Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AD  tel 015394 41396


In Conjunction with the exhibition, Hideyuki will also be giving a talk  and workshop:

12th September 2019

Talk: Hideyuki Sobue –

7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm).  Tickets £7 (includes glass of wine on arrival).  Pre-talk supper can be booked in advance by email

Through his Talk, Hideyuki will explore the relevance of John Ruskin’s legacy to our contemporary context, and consider his exhibition in the light of that. He will share his personal experience of research, and how he developed the project, particularly the portrait of John Ruskin. He will also give the audience a glimpse of his art practice, philosophy and technical concept using a PowerPoint presentation.


13th October 2019

Workshop: Hideyuki Sobue – learn Hideyuki’s original brush hatching technique.

Learn how to create a piece of work that combines first-hand experience of the Lake District landscape with Hideyuki’s original line hatching technique. He will give each participant group a brief gallery tour of his exhibition first to show the results of his careful study and technique, followed by a visit into the grounds to collect a fallen leaf by each participant. In the loft, Hideyuki will support the participants to create a piece of drawing using his original line hatching method.



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