Ko Dark Heaven
Sho Bright Earth
This is a highly creative calligraphic representation for the single character ICHI. The four smaller characters are the opening line of the Thousand-Character Classic, the primary training manual used for calligraphy practice throughout East Asia. (The second line is "The Cosmos is full of awesome power.")
Comes with a funky box signed and sealed by Kosho himself.
Shimizu Kosho (1911-1999) was long-time abbot of the famous temple Todai-ji (home of the Great Buddha) in Nara. Kosho was a popular and prolific artist in various media. He was also a type of performance artist, known as the "Madcap Abbot."
Age: 20th Century
Size: painting 13-1/4" x 20-3/4" (34 x 53 cm), overall 49-3/4" x 26" (126 x 66 cm)
Media: Ink on paper