Ion Codrescu, a Romanian artist and writer, has more than one connection to the North Carolina Haiku Society.
In the early 1990's, Ion wrote a letter to our founder, Rebecca Ball Rust, asking her advice about how to run a successful haiku society. Ion went on to found the Constantza Haiku Society, the journal Albatross, and the Constantza International Haiku Festival.
Ion has published poems, essays, and articles in 16 countries and 12 languages. Among his many awards was a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for Oaspete strain / A Foreign Guest, a travel journal in haiku, rengay, renku and haibun, written and translated by Ion. (The book is based on Ion's journey through the United States in the late 1990's. The rengay and renku in the book were produced in collaboration with the poets with whom he stayed along the way. I highly recommend this book, as it is rare for a single artist to practice all of these arts at a high level, as Ion does. To see some of the haiku from another book, Vocile Munteliu / Mountain Voices, see these pages on the temp libres - free times site: Ion Codrescu on temp libres - free times.)
I met Ion at Haiku North America 2001 and found him to be a gracious and warm gentleman in addition to being a highly-accomplished artist. We have stayed in touch through email since then. When he contacted me about posting some of his paintings and haiga, I was happy to do so.
See Ion's response to the Three Questions Series from Blogging Along Tobacco Road.
You can buy the originals of the paintings in the gallery, as well as Ion's books.
Contact: Contact us and we'll provide contact information for Ion Codrescu.
Original Paintings: Prices (in US dollars) range from $50 to $150. It depends on the work and technique.
Special thanks to Mircea Tuglea, who took digital photographs of Ion's paintings and sent the images to me. Thanks, Mircea!
There are 45 paintings and haiga in the gallery. The numbers at the bottom of the page go directly to each fifth image (to image 1, 5, 10, and so on). Click Next to view the images in between (images 2, 3, 4, and so on). Click Galleries to go back to the main Galleries page.
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