Amefurikozo 

  • Painting: oil on canvas
  • Size: 42Hx32Wx2 inches

This reinterpreted and thematically multifaceted character in Japanese lore was thought of in the Edo period as a boy appearing when one walks on rainy nights - in one hand, an umbrella. He is a symbol of hope, and often possesses something in both hands. He has often been understood as a tofu-kozo, or a boy bearing food, in this case, tofu. Kozo is literally “boy,” but this symbol of one’s childhood in its dreams and hopes, feeds one in the darkness of the storm, leaping off the parchment of this literate society, as the only prerogative at the heart of life - like the parchment intimated at the heart of the painting itself. Like so much of Japanese lore, the Amefurikozo is opaque in its rendering, keeping in line with the strong tradition of the Japanese character, of determining one’s story and applying its unbending ethical imperatives. It is the one who breaks through the storm, the rain, accomplishing life's ends as to accord with one's convictions. The rain may come, it may not, but unequivocally, it is our imperatives that address its challenges as it does. 

This painting is available only on 36Hx24W inches canvas prints. Original painting sold.

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