Painted Poems – 絵詩 –

Painted Poems – 絵詩 –


DATES: 1st March – 18th March
PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 28th February 18:00-20:00
ARTIST TALK + Demonstration: Saturday 9th March at 15:00

The theme of this exhibition is Now and Then, Here and Now.

The Sway Gallery London is proud to present a carefully curated selection of artworks by the Japanese artist and calligrapher, Rie Takeda, taken from her Painted Poems series.Painted Poems radiates with an embrace of a unified harmony, striving to create a natsukashii feeling, a warm nostalgia paired with the momentum of here and now.

The original poems pour into the calligraphic design compositions, flowing with the rich colours, patterns and the atmospheric spirit. The soul of the poems is painted into the vibrant life.
The art of calligraphy, traditional craftsmanship, symbolism, Wabi-Sabi and Haiku-inspired poetry, all interlace in this glowing collection.


The Neo-Japonism artist and calligrapher Rie Takeda was born in Hokkaido, in the north of Japan. She started practicing calligraphy at the age of five, under the creative supervision of her grandmother, a distinguished “GAYU-Ryu” calligrapher.

Following her art and design studies in Sapporo and London, Rie’s inspiration and enthusiasm for the new forms of art, paired with her knowledge of the traditional Japanese craftsmanship and design led her to discover the Neo-Japonism style. The artist’s past 15 years of living in Europe have been incredibly productive. As well as Neo-Japonism painting, Rie produces calligraphy artworks, Washi paper/Vintage kimono collages, illustrations, as well as Body-Art. Rie works on several projects, collaborations and exhibitions, in Japan and in Europe.

The Painted Poems collection is the first and the most representative work of Rie’s Neo-Japonism style. Rie’s works of art essentially seek to create the best possible consensus with clear lines and a spiritual expression of calligraphy in an active flow of rich colours and patterns. The inspiration for her work is found in everyday life, like living words and letters, as well as living colours, lines, patterns and shapes.

MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SATURDAY 9th March 12:00-18:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)

*All the artworks will be for sale*


Starts On

01/03/2019 - 11:00

Ends On

18/03/2019 - 19:00

Event Categories

Art, Exhibition


Sway Gallery London

70-72 Old Street
United Kingdom
P: +44 (0)2072535851
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