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Akigawa Spinner (33rpm)

Clean bowled me after dinner /
One Akigawa spinner /
For a duck-like laden lunge /
A piquant portal plunge /
Via cascades and their ways /
With word & maple plays /
Drool pools quench your quiver /
The seeming streaming length /
Of this seamless cool-school river ///

• The title’s ‘Akigawa’ refers to the river of the same name, whose source is the verdant, mountainous Nishi-Tama area of far-west Tokyo, bordering Yamanashi prefecture. Its clean waters feed into the Tama River much further downstream, eventually emptying into Tokyo Bay beside Haneda Airport.

Akigawa (秋川) translates as ‘autumn river’, the deciduous trees lining its banks and overseeing its percolations part & parcel of its seasonal theatrics. Vis-à-vis the artwork, the locale is both a point of departure and return. Having spent much time in its embrace, it’s a wellspring, literally and metaphorically, of movement, natural phenomena, inspiration, rejuvenation & renewal – if you get my drift.

•Akigawa Spinner (33rpm)• was made in Japan, employing locally sourced wood. The reddish, central ovoid shape between the uprights, which attempts a positive spin on things, was printed from Japanese cedar (sugi • 杉) log-ends (maruta • 丸太) obtained from lumber milling outposts dotted around the mountains and accessed on motor scooter. The printing was done by hand using a 'baren', without the aid of a printing press.

The work’s compositional key rests on the juggling of the curvilinear and the rectilinear – the natural and the architectonic – in counterpoint. What representational incident does pepper the image is kept in check by the predominantly abstracted treatment, the latter going hand in hand with the way the woodblocks’ planar and textural qualities have been utilised.

38cm x 57cm

Neilton Clarke

Sydney-born artist Neilton Clarke undertook undergraduate & graduate painting and printmaking studies in the late-70s & early-80s at The University of New South Wales (incorporating COFA, City Art Institute, & AMCAE) and is the recipient of awards from The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Moya Dyring Scholarship; Dyason Bequest Award), New South Wales Ministry for the Arts (International Projects Program Grant), Australian DFAT, Warringah Council (Warringah Art Prize / Printmedia), The Australia-Japan Foundation (Tokyo), Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and The Japan Foundation. Widely travelled, he has undertaken artist-in-residence programs in Canada (Est-Nord-Est, Québec), France (Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris on four occasions), Thailand (Silpakorn University, Bangkok & Nakhon Pathom campuses; DR Visual Art Centre & Baan Suan Tarn), and Japan (TAMA Life 21 Project, Tokyo). Clarke is represented in numerous collections, including The National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, University of NSW, Macquarie University, State Library of Queensland (Brisbane), Sydney Institute of TAFE, The Myer Foundation, Sydney MLC Centre, Ella Baché Sydney, Cité des Arts (Paris), The Australian Embassy (Bangkok), Silpakorn University, Mahanakorn University of Technology (Bangkok), Akiruno City Collection (Tokyo), Machida Museum of Graphic Arts (Tokyo), Urawa Art Museum (Japan), and Splitgraphic Archive Collection (Croatia). Based in Japan from 1993 to 2018, he taught at Tama Art University and Joshibi University of Art & Design.

Birthdate: 13/09/1958

Nationality: Australian

  • 2015: BMW Mildura Australian Print Triennial Exhibition - The Art Vault, Mildura, Victoria ( // 'FUN & GAMES' - Sydney Printmakers - Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney (
  • 2014: 'Antipodes' - Sydney Printmakers & CPCANZ Printmakers at NorthArt Gallery, New Zealand; Pine Street Gallery, Sydney. // 'Boundless & Borderless' touring exhibition (Canada, Taiwan, Australia, 2013-15).
  • 2013: '25x25 - Contemporary Japanese & Australian Printmaking' - Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney. // 2008: Libris Awards Artists' Book Prize - Artspace Mackay, QLD. // 2006: 'Sydney Prints' - S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2007 regional NSW gallery tour).
  • 2002: 20th Birthday Celebration of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. // 2001: 'Pitching a Stitch' - Faculty Gallery, Silpakorn University, Bangkok. // 2001: 'DROPS' Installation - Tachikawa International Art-Fest Tokyo.
  • 1999: 'Conglomerations' - Gallery Jin, Tokyo. // 1998: 'turn & burn' - Lunami Gallery, Tokyo. // 1996: 'On Ore' - Akiyama Gallery, Tokyo. // 1995: 'Rot' - Lunami Gallery, Tokyo. // 1989: 'Une Dernière Vague' + 'Recent Paintings' - Cité des Arts, Paris.


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