“Azure Deep A” portrays a floating object in a sea-like or air-like background. The object resembles a chalky rock or cocoon, and has many human figures surrounding it as well as some animals. The figures differ greatly in period and culture. Colors in this painting are vivid blue and green, with white and red accents.
Azure Deep B portrays life both under and atop the ocean. Like many of Kagoshima’s paintings, the idea of sea and sky appear to be ambiguous, overlapping and continuous, represented by a deep blue. Moonlight from above shines down on a monolith resembling a jellyfish or mushroom, while smaller jellyfish-comets float above. Behind a rocky shore, a human girue stands alone in a rowboat. Another human is either standing atop or inside the structure, and two less clear but still apparent humans lie together on top of the structure. This painting is paired with “Azure Deep A.”
Curfew A portrays a floating object in a sea-like background. The object is reminiscent of a submarine or tanker that is partly underwater and partly above, or perhaps an iceberg. It also has somewhat of a whale-like appearance. There is an active human figure running or dancing on top of the floating mass, and three figures that appear to be breathing underwater, within the tank. The human figures within appear to be skeletons. By examining the background, it is difficult to discern whether the tank is in the water or floating above it. This painting has many shades of vivid blues and aquas, topped with a pink sun.
“Curfew B” is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima that has a dark and cloudy, dusk sky. An open eye floats above, with a series of rooms in bright colors, showing human and animal figures in various acts or poses. There are also chandeliers, illuminating almost bare rooms, some of them with staircases. Finally, one room off to the side contains a bicycle. At the lower right corner of the landscape there is an open building—perhaps a port—with a fairly clear image of the Libyan political leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“Dorothy and the Bulldog” is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima from 2009. This painting has many elements and a pastel to bright, multicolor scheme. The main characters in this lively vignette are Dorothy, based on Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz with her basket and blue dress. However, instead of Toto, she is accompanied by a robed and aged bulldog, seated on a carpet. There are several smaller figures, perhaps different manifestations of Dorothy, making gestures toward the bulldog, while bug Dorothy appears to be in the act of catching a falling airplane.
Float A portrays a floating geometric shape (rectangular box with a pyramidal shape attached—perhaps suggestive of a house or trunk) as the central object having a small house on one edge, and will several human or human-like figures around on one side of the painting and animals on the opposite side. The arrangement of the floating box is ambiguous, and appears to be upside down and right-side up at the same time. This painting is brightly colored with a blue-green background, black and gold central shape, and colorful, red and yellow house figure.
Float B has a dark blue and rust colored background with accents of white, yellow, and light blue. Like most of his other paintings of this size and period, there is a light source at the top of the image that appears to be some kind of sun or moon, giving the background a sky-like character. The central figure in this piece (on the right) appears to be a kind of life form--perhaps energy itself—which has emerged or perhaps escaped from a type of container represented by the spout-like shape at the left. Along the bottom of the painting are several mammals, and floating toward the light at the top are more humanoid figures.
“For Ladies” (or “For Lady’s”) is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima that has a man seated inside a bamboo border with the word “MENS” at the top. He is dressed in a summer kimono and barefoot, with one sandal lying next to his feet. He appears to be seated behind a cracked window, surrounded by butterflies and flowers. This colorful painting has bright blue, green, red and pink, with brilliant metallic gold accents.
“Obstacle” is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima that portrays a background of purple, white and green tones, with a singular centerpiece that resembles a giant monolith that could be rock or cut from stone. Upon closer examination it resembles a severed, upside-down groin, of an ambiguous gender. In the center there is a human-like figure (perhaps a skeleton) that is either standing on its head or hanging.
Signal A portrays a spherical or perhaps egg-shaped object floating in an aquatic, web-like realm. Out of this object is sprouting a creature with long tentacles, and just outside there is a humanoid figure holding a long cord. Also present is a smaller, red sphere. This surrealist painting is paired with Signal B.
“The Phoenix” by E’wao Kagoshima is a large-scale painting that he created in 1982 as part of a series of large, monochrome works. This abstract piece centers on the creature’s head, especially the watchful eye, the beak, crown, and claw. The fiery red intensity gives the bird its phoenix-like character, as well as its seeming rise out of black ashes. An interesting item of note is the fairly detailed US dollar coin seated beneath the bird, humorously misspelled and haphazardly printed with a backward “N.” This piece, with its volume and energy, surely demands a grand, high-traffic space in need of a central talking point.
“The Virgin in Lamentations” painting by E’wao Kagoshima portrays a classic image of the Virgin Mary, eyes closed, and drenched in bright red abstract splatter. Her robe is brightly colored in red, green, yellow, blue and purple.
Today's Catch A has as its central figure a tooth, inside a black casing, that appears to be floating or perhaps standing on three posts. Also in this central figure, the roots of the tooth contain cats, and seated (or perhaps impaled) on one of the posts is a humanoid figure with six limbs. There are figures of a starfish, a shark with blood near its mouth, and the feet of someone walking (partially obscured). The top border, a line held by a fish and octopus-like creature, gives the overall painting a feeling of a vignette, or film scene. This painting is brightly colored in purple, pink, and gold hues. Per Kagoshima’s hand-drawn notes on the back of the painting, this piece is paired with Today’s Catch B.
Today’s Catch B portrays a colorful realm in which a heaping can of trash and two dog- or pig-like animals (which appear to be mating) are each on a leash held by a male and female pair of humans. These tethered objects are seated on two larger shapes: one is an earth-like sphere and the other, an encased human foot, the toes of which are clock faces set to various times. Floating by itself is a red sphere like a moon or planet. The background for this scene is textured with small dots in reds, yellows, greens, and blues, and presenting a subtle landscape along the bottom of the piece. This painting is paired with Today's Catch A.
“Voyage A”, a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima, portrays a somewhat tranquil, emerald-green box-shaped realm in a universe of pink, with several human figures on and around it. There is someone running with a bat or a stick, another sleeping (or dead), and another walking a cat. In one corner, a gold branch supports the shadow of someone rowing, and below this figure, there appears to be a leaf, or possibly, a cocoon.
“Voyage B” is a Surrealist painting by E’wao Kagoshima. In a blue sea-to-sky background, there is a light-colored, geometric shape that seems to have a small red object either landing or taking off from it. There is a large, prehistoric fish with a very long tongue, in the act of catching a human figure that is walking on the central shape. There are also two human figures traveling in bubbles alongside the shape. A small boat rows by, one of its crew pointing toward the figures above.
Framed, limited edition lithography from the series "Lebadangraphy", created using a gilding technique, with superimposed layers to produce a silken material unique in thickness and color. This artwork shows flowers, branches and other parts of flora, with shapes from nature and geometric shapes, and contains rich blue, red, yellow and black with a gold background.
Framed, limited edition lithography from the series "Lebadangraphy", created using a gilding technique, with superimposed layers to produce a silken material unique in thickness and color. This artwork shows two horses and two people dressed in flower-printed costumes, and contains rich blue, red and black with a gold background. No. 81/275