Category Archives: Art and Design Theory

Articles concerning the subject of art and design theory pertaining to bonsai and related subjects.

A Brief Exploration of the Literati Style

Five Needle Pine by Qingquan Zhao Like the style itself, the name used to describe it takes on many forms and the usage changes from region to region. The word Literati is used by many practitioners and is a Latin name … Continue reading

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The Future of Bonsai, The Third Dimension

I have been involved in numerous discussions over the course of the last few years as to what the future holds for the art of bonsai both in America and elsewhere. I have given this a great deal of thought, viewed a … Continue reading

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Bonsai: Living Sculpture, Not Living Painting

Co-written with Attila Soos   Printed with permission of the artist. © Curt Holzinger 02.21.06 Bonsai is closer in comparison to sculpture than any other art form in existence today. When styling, viewing, and displaying a bonsai – or debating … Continue reading

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