"Hollow Lacquer - 8th Century, Nara," Jean Claude Wouters, 2010
This impressive and large-scale painted unique gelatin silver print of an image of a Buddha that had already been painted is by a Belgian-born Jean Claude Wouters. This imposing photography shows how Wouters explores the medium to strip away materiality, leaving only the essence of the subject. Photography of such scale and size is rare and difficult to produce. Born and raised in Brussels, Jean Claude Wouters has been a dancer, filmmaker and artist from an early age. Wouters considers all of his endeavors to be artistic explorations of the human body and spirit. Wouters has shown internationally, including solo exhibitions in the Marunouchi Gallery in Tokyo, the Knott Gallery in Brussels, and The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai; and has been featured in various publications and journals, including the New York Times, Le Soir (Belgian newspaper), and the Japan Times.