James Hiroshi Suzuki first studied in Japan with Yoshio Markino and, after arriving in the United States in the 1950s, studied at the Portland School of Fine Arts in Maine and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. He taught at University of California, Berkeley in 1962, California College of Arts and Crafts from 1964-1965, and at California State University in Sacramento since 1999.
Spring Glory dates to the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. While Suzuki experiments with the same characteristic heavy impasto and sweeping gesture employed by his contemporaries, what sets him apart here are the lush, soft tones he uses to convey a feeling of calm and a sense of order in a style that is otherwise powerful and without restraint. His use of white is notable; soft round forms on the canvas appear almost as pointillist dots, calling back to a Post-Impressionist mode. Suzuki’s titles often convey specific feelings he chooses to communicate in his work, and Spring Glory is no exception—it expresses life bursting forth, its brilliance remniniscent of a flower in bloom. When Suzuki painted this work, he had been in the States for a little over five years. His work deserves further study and understanding, which the market has yet not afforded him.
Private Collection, Boca Raton, FL