GOLD : Elegance
RED : Energy and Passion
BLACK : Discipline
- David Stanley Hewett
David Stanley Hewett first set foot on Japanese soil in 1988. His love for Japanese arts and culture motivated him to study Japanese ceramics, Japanese traditional paintings, Byobu design and most notably: the technique for making traditional Japanese folding screens.
This art is rarely practiced anymore as most screens are now made with modern tools and materials.
As a former US Marine and a long –time practitioner of Japanese Karate, Hewett has always been fascinated with Japanese material history and culture. The often referred to Samurai code of Bushido and the Japanese Shinto Religion have played significant roles in influencing Hewett’s work over the past decade. Hewett began painting his now famous Bushido Series in 2004 using Kanazawa Gold Leaf with Acrylic paint on Canvas. The Bushido series combines traditional and modern materials to express Hewett’s interpretation of the Samurai code of Bushido through abstract painting.
Hewett’s gold, black and deep reds are reminiscent of a Japanese shrine. Because of that his works bold and calming at the same time and often remark that while appearently simple, the works continue to evolve, revealing over time a complexity and depth not appearant at first.