Makoto Fujimura explains his process for his scroll paintings:
He paints at least 20 images before he actually decides on one that is worth sending to Tokyo for the custom mounting with artisanal hand-made hand-dyed wild silk. The silk used in the mounting is from silk worms that are raised from birth on a special diet so that the silk is especially tensile and museum quality which can last for hundreds of years. The color pigments used to dye the silk are organic and natural. The mounter Kishida san normally only does business with Museums internationally, including the Freer in Boston, National Palace Museum in Taiwan, etc. But he is willing to mount for Makoto san because of his admiration and respect for Makoto as a Master of Nihonga, Mako's kind and humble character, and their many years of friendship.
The scroll painting looks simple and less complex than the Nihonga paintings but in fact is just as labor and material intensive, if not more. And the mounting itself is a work of highly skilled workmanship that is becoming rarer and rarer as the artisans pass away due to old age and few young people are entering into the trade.
Visit Fujimura's works at Waterfall Mansion & Gallery at our newest group exhibition, "Infinite Grace."
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“Ruby Slippers” #Nihonga painting on traditional scroll, 25x48.5 in, 2017
Our friend @kelleiamusic just released a beautiful new single called “Majesty”. The original photo that inspired this painting by @kozykitchens was taken by @dan.kitchens during the shoot for the single cover art for that song. Kozy liked the image so much she decided to make a painting based on it in traditional and took the painting to Japan to have it adhered to a custom made scroll for our exhibition “The Golden State” last September at @gregorio_escalante_gallery.
It occurs to us that with the tragedy of @greg.escalante’s passing a few days after our show opened there, we didn’t properly post most of the articles in the show. The rapid closing of his gallery in the ensuing drama denied many people the opportunity to see this exhibition, an exhibition that Kozy had poured her heart and most of her year into. Aside from the sadness of losing a giant influence on the sphere of art we have been associated with for so long, right at the beginning of our working relationship with him, the fact that so few people were able to see the exhibition we put together really gutted us, and Kozy took it particularly hard. It’s the reason our output has become so scarce the last 8 months. We have been taking time, and making some drastic life changes to heal and hit the reset button. We don’t know what the result of all this will be yet, but we hope it’s something worth sharing with all of you. Thank you to those of you who have loved and supported us and our work all these years. We are utterly blessed, and hope to once again begin sharing work with all of you.🙏🏽❤️
Join us for "Sound of Sakura" with flower artist Eriko Nagata and Japanese Zither (Koto) Artist, Jun Ando.
@satosakura_gallery Saturday, April 21, 2018, 3-4p.m
Hanami, or "Flower viewing" is a popular spring pastime in Japan. In celebration of this coming Spring in New York and the gallery's Ryo Date exhibition, Sato Sakura Gallery presents Sounds of Sakura, a Japanese Flower Arrangement and Live Performance with koto (Japanese zither). Both performances are cherry blossom themed, resonating with each other. Please enjoy the season of Cherry Blossoms that pass by quickly.
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One more copy of a very special book. “Catalogue from SPECIAL EXHIBITION MARUYAMA OKYO: SHASEIGA-CHALLENGING A NEW FRONTIER”. Very special book with numerous colour plates throughout showing 120 works in full and in detail. 3 colour foldouts. B/w text illustrations. Used: Good Condition but there is a small cut in the paper that covers the cover, in the top of the book spine. Please check the photos. Printed in Japan, 2004. 290 pag. Color. Softcover. 64,99€ (aprox. 79.99$) Order through DM, mail or Online Store. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
“Transfiguration - Atonement,” “Transfiguration - Mountain,” “Transfiguration - Holy Ghost,”
Nihonga style paintings by Makoto Fujimura. Now showing at the Waterfall Mansion & Gallery in our newest group exhibition, “Infinite Grace,” an exhibition exploring themes of foreignness, belonging, and community. This selection of international contemporary artists is timed to coincide with the opening of Babette’s Feast at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York City. Waterfall artist Makoto Fujimura was part of the initial production of Isak Dinesen’s iconic story and will serve as a co-curator of our exhibition, “Infinite Grace.” “Infinite Grace” presents a creative journey inspired by the story of Babette, a refugee whose selfless giving and joy shows a community to embrace true abundance.
The artists and works featured in the exhibition embody Babette’s famous line “a great artist is never poor” by sharing their own journeys from hardship and estrangement into fulfillment and hope. This diverse group of featured artists has been hand-selected by Kate Shin to bring their perspectives and stories as outsiders into New York City, to envision the synergistic narrative of “infinite grace”.
Exhibition Dates: April 14, 2018 - June 30, 2018
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'Akatsuki', 185x130cm, painted in Japan in 2009... When I came back to the UK I wanted to improve it, then I left for France... Been in the shed ever since. Thought it was about time I took care of it!! I just cut it into 3 pieces!!! 🙈🙈🙈 Time to move on! Taking it back with me to Paris to give it a new life! Winds of change are working well this month. #japanesepainting#nihonga#change#painting#artist