Tomio Seike

Tomio Seike has been represented by Hamiltons Gallery for over 30 years. Seike lives between Japan and the U.K., and has traditionally hand printed most of his work in Japan and more recently has worked with colour landscapes. Seike’s sensitive pictures of Paris, nudes and still lifes are in numerous international collections.

<span class="title">Waterscape #24<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2002</span>
<span class="title">Waterscapes #18<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">1999</span>
<span class="title">Waterscape #3<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">1996</span>
Tomio Seike
Waterscape #24, 2002
Toned gelatin silver print
4 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.
Edition of 30
© Tomio Seike

New Years Day 1996, Tomio Seike was staying in Bath, Somerset with his wife. He had seen an intriguing postcard showing a river or a canal and out of curiosity set out to find it; the last thing on his mind was making a picture. It was a damp and very foggy day and Seike has always had an aversion to making pictures in foggy conditions, but fortunately he had a camera with him. In spite of the conditions and the prevailing holiday mood, he was captivated by what he discovered, and he made a picture. It was a one off, one of those accidents of fate.


Some time later he printed the image, and the response was so enthusiastic that he decided to explore the theme further; this was the beginning of his Waterscapes.