Discover the art of traditional Japanese painting, or nihonga, and how it is being reinterpreted today in this hands-on workshop. Explore the materials used to make traditional paintings, examine works on view in the galleries, and try out basic painting techniques. The workshop is led by Ideguchi Yuki, a Japanese artist and curator, and Iwaizumi Kei, a specialist in the history of Japanese paints and pigments. Adults and teens are welcome; no experience necessary.
Ideguchi Yuki (born 1986) earned an MFA in Japanese painting from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013, after which he settled in New York. He has shown his works in Japan, the United States, France, Poland, India, Korea, China, Taiwan, and other countries, and he is currently planning several exhibitions. Ideguchi considers Japan’s culture, including views on nature, life and death, and history, as he creates his pieces. Through his works, he aims to showcase not only Japanese culture but also Japan’s cultural relationships with Europe, America, and Asia. Combining traditional Japanese painting materials and modern acrylic and spray paints, Ideguchi expresses his creative endeavors in art forms such as paintings, videos, and sculptures.
Iwaizumi Kei is the director of Pigment, an art materials laboratory and store in Tokyo.
Image: Battle Cry, 2017, Ideguchi Yuki