The Iwasawa Oriental Art is one of the most innovative galleries in Silicon Valley. The gallery has been engaged in combining traditional arts with modern and contemporary art. “Iwasawa Oriental Art has been in business in Los Gatos for over thirty years, introducing Japanese Art and Culture to a broad audience,” says Kumiko Iwasawa.
Kumiko Iwasawa who has been the owner of the Japanese art and antique business in Los Gatos for almost 40 years says “Over the course of my career I have been a passionate advocate for the arts and culture of Japan.”
Iwasawa Oriental Art—the beautiful, Japanese-style building stands out from its neighbours on University Avenue. Even more fascinating is the gallery’s history and the rich Japanese culture Kumiko brings to our community.
The proprietor Kumiko Iwasawa is from Hakodate, a port city on the island of Hokkaido in Japan. Hakodate has a wealth of natural beauty and is surrounded by the ocean. Hakodate was voted the number one charming city enjoyed by tourists. Bringing Hakodate’s essence to Los Gatos, thirty-three years ago Kumiko and her husband developed an empty lot into a distinguished Japanese art centre at 75 University Avenue. This sophisticated business draws in international clients with a keen interest in a variety of connoisseurship. One of Kumiko’s many lecture programs is focused on Japanese lacquer art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. This workshop, led by Kumiko Iwasawa and Christy Bartlett, the Director of the Urasenke Foundation, San Francisco, provides the opportunity to explore how works of Japanese lacquer are made, how historical trends in lacquer art influence Japanese artists and how the beauty of lacquer complements the Way of Tea. Supplementing the presentation was a multimedia opportunity to view exquisite lacquer objects.
Speaking about iJaponesque which is currently on at the Gallery Kumiko says “iJaponesque is a way of revealing the nature of creativity within the tradition, the soul of Japanese aesthetics. “Virtual reality” is needed to introduce to the world contemporary Japanese artists who have used tradition as their foundation to create unique and striking works that enrich our souls. iJaponesque is the place to find resources and pieces that both retain the heart of Japanese aesthetics and also appeal to the modern lifestyle. Whether it is finding that perfect piece of art or finding the best in Japanese cuisine, iJaponesque is the way to experience both the innovative and traditional elements of Japanese culture.”
Shedding light on some of the highlights of iJaponesque, Kumiko says “Project/写,” and goes on to explain ‘Utsushi’ as “An attribute of the Japanese tradition of inspiration, in which contemporary artists to emulate the forms, aesthetics, and spirit observed in the work of past artisans.”
Kumiko also speaks about the ‘Affordable Art’ show, which is up at the art gallery, ” The show is mainly aimed at supporting local artists.
Iwasawa Oriental Art wishes that this event will generate activity and online marketing in the community.” Paintings by James Ong and, Evelyn Consorti, Photographs by Yao-pi Hsu, Pottery Sculpture by Lee Middleman and, TableWare Ceramic by Jan Schachter are part of this art show.
Iwasawa Oriental Art
75 University Ave., Los Gatos CA 95030
Hours: 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday
To confirm the gallery is open or to schedule an appointment, please call 408-395-2339.