Art from Aikido
Aikido is a Japanese martial art. One of its core principles is to strive for harmony: with life, art and nature.
It's a perfect complement to painting, and particularly with liquid media such as watercolours and acrylics. Another core principle of Aikido is takemusu, a creative process which has has led Tony Smibert towards an art that is entirely his own. He credits this to the fact that he was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher, the late Seiichi Sugano Shihan, who modelled a lifetime of continuous study and development.
Although in one sense all of Smibert's art and certainly his research into classic watercolour has been influenced by the 'inner art' of Aikido, it's influence is most easily seen in the abstract paintings where energy, movement and spatial relationships are critical.
Aikido has been Smibert’s practice for nearly 55 years. Now an internationally recognised 7th Dan shihan (master) himself, he is president of Aiki-Kai Australia, a member of the Senior Council of the International Aikido Federation and teaches worldwide.