Sano Daisuke was born in 1919, and died in 2000. He began painting small bowls in 1949, and his works are varied, numerous, and unique. For more than a decade, the pots he painted were made by Konno Shinzan, and you’ll often see collaborative works with other members of his family: Horie Bikoh, Ichitaro, and Munakata Isso. Many of his works are unsigned, and some unstamped by the potter, so a good eye is often needed to recognize a Daisuke painting!
His style is often a little more rustic than some of the other painters I’ve featured on the blog, and are also more numerous, consequently costing a bit less. They often feature animals, plants, and landscape scenes. Enjoy this selection of Daisuke’s work!
Something completely different, showing the variability of Daisuke paintings. This looks to be overglaze painting. Considering the blockiness of the colors, the painting has good depth and doesn’t look as cartoonish as it might otherwise.
A blocky 5-color rectangle landscape. If you’ve been following all the posts on painters of bonsai pottery, you know by now how common a motif this is: shoreline forest to one side and boat center, with negative space stretching across the opposing side across the water.
And we’ll finish up with a highly detailed 5-color rectangle. Note that the landscape subject is very similar to the blue overglaze piece above, though without the pine, the eye is drawn more to the figure crossing the bridge. I like the softness to the painting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a small selection of the work of Sano Daisuke. Up next Shunka Shozan!