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Sen Is Showcasing Painter Lynn Matsuoka's Hampton Classic Inspired Artwork

Originally Posted: September 07, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Polo At Dusk by Lynn Matsuok.

Sen in Sag Harbor is showcasing painter Lynn Matsuoka's latest exhibit of equestrian paintings and drawings. Lynn, the mother of Sen owner Tora Matsuoka will have five of her pieces in the restaurant until September 12, 2012 and Sen has created a commemorative sushi roll for the Hampton Classic that will be featured until September 12th as well.

The portraits of horses are her first non human artwork, she is known for her sumo and kabuki actor portraits which she has been doing for 37 years. After moving back to the Hamptons from Japan and Hawaii four years ago, Lynn needed something to draw and since there are not sumo or kabuki actors around, she wanted to find a new subject which is available every day. After being surrounded by horses in the Hamptons she starting working on a lot of equestrian drawings and paintings and after the riders saw the artwork, she started doing portraits of them as well. When talking about what she likes to capture in her artwork Lynn said, "If it's living and breathing and it has a spirit, I want it and it looks good on the page".

Grazing Horse Crop Lynn Matsuoka.


She lives close to the Hampton Classic, so this year she went every day and during the fall she usually goes to the horse farms as often as she possible. During the winter Lynn tries to go to Hawaii and Japan to capture other subjects.

Her inspiration for the pieces of this exhibition are the poses that the horses take, she thinks they have the most amazing poses. Currently she has been focusing on segments of the riders and horses. She wants to reduce the pieces to get the minimalist feel and show the weight of the riders sitting on the saddle with the graceful sweep of the horse under them. She also has been focusing on grazing horses because she thinks they are very graceful, stating, "The line of their neck as their head goes down to grab the grass is almost balletic."

In the future Lynn hopes to be able to document Broadway actors behind the scenes getting ready for shows. It is something that most people don't get to see and she hopes to be able to shed some light on the behind the scenes process. Lynn said, "Watching the actor get made up, the intricacy of the make-up and the brush and the lights, its very theatrical and intimate."

She is also getting ready to start writing a book, which will be an in depth story of the very esoteric sumo world. Lynn who married to a top division sumo wrestler, spent 37 years traveling through Japan and internationally with the sumo wresters and the book will be her life as a fly on the wall in the sumo world. After coming to the Hamptons, her husband started Sen with a partner and now her son owns Sen with the same partner.

The Monica Olko Gallery is holding a reception for the exhibition on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. with food from Phao Restaurant. All original work and limited edition prints will be available for purchase.

The Monica Olko Gallery is located at 95 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information call (631)899-4740 or visit www.hamptonsartist.com.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




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