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Black Coral

Branna Dorota


Black Coral, 2023

Mini tokonoma series

14 x 14 cm (illustration)

16 x 16 cm (frame)


Japanese watercolor supplemented with gouache, high quality Arches cotton paper, gilded



The organic shape of the coral has a very calming, aesthetic effect, which is further enhanced by the golden "foam" that surrounds it. Despite its simple shape, a rich world of textures in subtle, colourful shades unfolds on each coral branch.
A small, intimate ikebana that aims to express a certain mood changes with the falling light into golden droplets. Sometimes it makes them stand out, while others are subdued, letting the shape of the sea coral stand out.

The Mini Tokonoma series consists of six watercolours set deep in the frame, creating an imaginary niche of the tokonoma, an important part of Japanese architecture. Each of the works in this series features gold, which reacts differently each time when the light is reflected, enhancing the depth of each scene in the painting.


About the artist

Born in 1989, Trinec, Czech Republic


2008 - 2015  Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Rep. - Studio of Illustration and Graphics of MgA. Milan Horvath
2014 - 2015  Acedemy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia - Studio of Free Printmaking and Illustration of prof. Dusan Kallay, akad. mal.
2013  University of Toyama, Japan - Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions:

2015  On the Border of Noticeable, Municipal Library of Prague, Czech Rep.
2011  Travel Memories, Cafe Kluv, Prague, Czech Rep.
2008  Ritual of Light, Tea Rooms Pod Kastany, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Rep.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2016  Art Prague 2016, Kafka's House, Prague, Czech Rep.
2014  Seos (Blend), L'Ensemble Gallery, Toyama, Japan
2013  Print of the Year 2013, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Rep.

2013  The Most Beautiful Books of 2013, Museum of Czech Literature, Prague, Czech Rep.
2011  Print of the Year 2011, Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Rep.