The works in this gallery are painted in the Asian ink picture tradition which originated in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.) and arrived in Japan during the 14th century with the portage of Buddhist monks. It reached its zenith in Japan under the influence of cultural and spiritual principles of Zen Buddhism and became known as sumi-e. It's focus is harmony, simplicity, suggestion, ambiguity, abstraction. It seeks to demonstrate the essence of a subject, be it an object or a line. Spaces pulsate with energy and meaning. Vigorous black ink brush strokes on white paper (with an occasional modest use of color) is its critical feature.