Yosuke Suda (Calligrapher)
Yosuke Suda's adoration for calligraphy art began in his high school days. Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1979, he grew up in the suburbs of Nagoya and led an uncertain school life not wanting to live but at the same time not wanting to die. But during this time, there was something that caught his attention every day that he would gaze at while ignoring his lectures. It was the calligraphic works by a Zen priest that hung on the classroom wall. No matter how often he looked at these works, he never grew tired of them. He also wanted to make such vibrant works of calligraphy. Having studied calligraphy since the age of eight, this was the first time he found himself captivated by it as an art. He also continued to study calligraphy in university. However, he could never make such ideal works like those that never grew old to him. He went on to graduate and entered the work force. For the 10 years that followed he never picked up a writing brush, until one day in 2011, two photographs caught his attention. They were calligraphy made both before and after taking Mr. Motonari Nohara's Method of the Natural Brush lectures. It was as though someone who played baseball in a grass field suddenly became a major league player. If he studied under this teacher, perhaps he also could create calligraphy that keeps one captivated. He immediately joined Mr. Motonari Nohara's weekend school. To his surprise, not long after school started he was already able to make something like he never imagined. It was this moment that he had created something that he wanted to make and show to people. He continued to create and never grew tired of it. His life as an artist had suddenly begun. His purpose for his calligraphy and abstract paintings is not to train his dominant right hand by moving it like a machine, but instead to pick up his brush with this left hand, right foot, or even his mouth, and let the nature of his mind take its course in expressing the moment and its essence. His questioning of the mainstream tendency towards major works in modern calligraphy has pushed him to focus his works on small pieces that adorn our way of living. His hope is to invigorate those that see his works and inspire them to perhaps also become artists.