Seifu Yohei comes from a long line of Kyoto area potters and painters. He was the 4th generation of the Yohei pottery line, currently in the 5th, and lived from 1921 to 1991. The first generation lived from 1803-1863, just to give you an idea of how far back the family line of pottery goes.
While he made many pots of his own in his later years, he is perhaps best known for his collaboration pieces with Tsukinowa Yusen, and we’ll take a look at some of both. His style is very different from his friend Yusen. It’s very busy, often filling negative space areas with kanji poetry and designs. Sort of the anti-Isseki. Enjoy a look through a few pots from this unique and extraordinary painter.
So we’ll start off with one here in the States! This is a Yusen-Yohei collaboration pot in the collection of Matt Ouwinga, of Kaede Bonsai En. The animal clinging to the side is A Yusen signature move, using animals and children, and was used later in pots made and painted by Seifu Yohei. The arabesques on the tiger clinging to the pot are especially nice and well done.
A Yusen-Yohei collaboration piece. The pot is clearly Yusen’s signature style, but the painting is very much Yohei. Note the broad, indelicate brushwork and lack of significant negative space, Yohei’s signature style. It creates landscapes and images that are nearly impressionistic in their take on scenes.
Another Yusen-Yohei collaboration piece. This one has not only Seifu’s signature style, but also typical Kyoto style geometric work, very unusual for Seifu paintings. The shape of the pot by Yusen is delicate and contrasts well with Seifu’s indelicate style.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few pots from Yusen Collaborator(and excellent potter in his own right) Seifu Yohei. Thanks for reading! Up next: A few bonsai around my garden, and I’ll finally get to the third of the Big 3: Heian Kozan, the Razor.