JAPANESE

PROFILE OF ARTIST

Kiyoko Abe

Female artist born in Tokyo, 1970.
Considered a modernist who creates her work through patterns of feelings, principally in Japanese ink (sumi).
All Abe’s pieces carry a strong message and she is currently believed to be the artist of the moment in various circles.
This commissioned piece is entitled The Time Has Arrived and depicts a young woman in Spring
who is experiencing her first love and has deep aspirations for the future.

Kiyoko Abe website

Michiyo Kamei

Female artist born in Tokyo, 1966.
Kamei studied at the famed Tokyo College of Medicine and from her experiences there and through her own personal understandings of the world a flowing crystal-like style of drawing was born.
She creates a very individualistic artistic world of her own with specific themes at the forefront of her work.
This piece is a wondrous imaginary scene expressed through bold colours and innumerable delicate line strokes in Japanese ink (sumi).

Michiyo Kamei website

Hiroyuki Kimura

Male artist born in Tokyo, 1975.
A graduate from the Tama College of Art who fell in love with the beauty of sumo.
The early mornings of the sumo training regime and the long hours of the sumo tournaments do not deter him from his daily sketches of the curious world of sumo.
Kimura does not see sumo as a sport but characterizes it more as a Japanese art linked deeply to tradition and religion.

Hiroyuki Kimura website

Iwao Namai

Male artist born in Tokyo, 1941.
Namai uses almost exclusively Japanese ink (sumi) in his works depicting the seasons through the landscapes around him.
He feels that through exploring the nature around him, hiking, eating, picking flowers, catching insects, etc., he is able to better depict the things he loves to draw.
This piece is of two ginkgo trees found near the Yakuouji Temple in Tokorozawa City.
Despite the remarkable difficulty of using ink outside in the winter months, Namai sat diligently for three months drawing this piece.

Roka Hioki

Female calligrapher born in Tokyo, 1936.
Producing mainly works that go beyond the borders of area and time,
Hioki recreates classic Japanese and Chinese calligraphy and rewrites poems and song writings from the Middle Ages using strong brush strokes.
This is a small female figure from a much larger piece, thought to have been produced in the Edo Period.
Its theme is based on the thought that wild flowers bloom naturally but the flower of the heart blooms not only naturally but also more freely.

Jushin Hirasawa

Male artist born in Nagasaki, 1948.
A member of the renowned Jiyu Art Movement, Hirasawa usually paints in oils but has been invited this time to produce a piece in Japanese ink (sumi).
His works are interlinked freely with the world of poetry and the everyday lives of people, animals and vehicles.
These wondrous stories are woven from some nostalgic place with echoing images of time and space.
It is up to your imagination to decide what is drawn in this piece. Mantis, butterfly, cat, bird, building, person, mere shade??? You make the decision.

SEIROKU NOMURA

Male artist born in Yamanashi, 1916. From an early age Nomura was moved by the nearby snow-covered Mount Fuji
and over the following decades sustained this by depicting the colossal mountain on numerous occasions.
Building himself a studio in an isolated mountain village he was able to enjoy the open space,
the rolling mountains and the mountains rivers which all became subjects for his drawings.
When younger he also enjoyed writing Japanese Haiku with his surroundings helping him give volume imagery to his works.
Nomura passed away in 1995 aged 79.  

vol. 1  2012 SPRING EXHIBITION

Exhibition "Colours of Spring through Ink"

[Event Duration]: Mar. 26 (Mon.)-May. 27 (Sun.), 2012 *finished

KIYOKO ABE, MICHIYO KAMEI, HIROYUKI KIMURA, IWAO NAMAI, ROKA HIOKI, JUSHIN HIRASAWA
PARK HOTEL TOKYO 25F ATRIUM / OPEN 11:30AM-10:00PM
Admission Free / Open every day
(*There maybe occasions due to events in The Loungewhen viewing is not possible)

It is often said that the colour of typical writing ink is anexpression of Japanese tradition itself.
Tradition Japanese ink is made by infusing together the soot that is produced when burning pinewood
with oil burnt smoke in a hardenedgel. When this is combined with water and rubbed over anink stone,
black ink is produced. For centuries his Ink has mainly been used when it has been coloured and as a material
that has withstood the sands of time has played a large role when helping to depict tales from the depths of history.
Furthermore, Ink has been used in paintings through watercolours, in industrial arts through lacquers,
and in writings through the scrawling of words. Japanese arts are particularly fond of the use of this medium forexpressionism.
We are proud to present the Colours of Spring through Inkexhibition in the Park Hotel Tokyo atrium.
We hope you are able to take pleasure in the glory of Japanese Spring through Japanese tradition ink.

[Cooperation]: Hagurodo (www.hagurodo.jp *Japanese only) / [Produced by] Creativecreative unit moon(www.moooon.jp)
[Video Production]:antymark (http://antymark.com/ *Japanese only)
※During the duration of the event, works by Antymark,
a visual arts creative unit, related to the exhibition will be projected on a large screen in the atrium.