Green Lands: Shunei Nishida Nihonga Exhibition
What comes to mind first when you see the word nihonga?
Is it the ink paintings of artists like Yokoyama Taikan, or perhaps a hanging scroll one might put up in the corner of a room?
These undoubtedly fall into the nihonga category, but they do little to show how diverse and deep-reaching the genre is in reality.
Nihonga art is appealing in many unique ways, whether it be through the graceful shades of natural mineral pigments, the exquisite forms of expression born from pictorial techniques. or the poetic worldviews conveyed through the art.
The Green Lands: Shunei Nishida Nihonga Exhibition, scheduled to be held from December 14 to 27, will showcase these alluring aspects of nihonga while providing insight into new possibilities offered by the genre.
Nishida is currently a member and director at Nihon Bijutsuin as well as a professor at Musashino Art University, serving as a mentor to many through these roles. Based on his personal credo, "giving expression to the love present in the things I paint and want to paint," the artist constantly pursues more refined expressive techniques and improved structural compositions, creating singular worlds abound with poetic appeal.
Based on a "green lands" theme, Nishida expresses his respect for the beauty of nature across the planet, particularly that of his native Japan and its four seasons, along with the importance of preserving such beauty. With this in mind, he strives to capture split-second scenes from the natural world and depict them through his works.
When a viewer gazes at a finished piece, it is possible for that person to experience in their own unique way the artist's story and poetic sentiments, leading to thoughts of their hometown or perhaps old friends, and thus sensations such as pleasant nostalgia and heartrending sorrow.
As December approaches, the streets of Ginza will begin to sparkle with the colors of the holiday season.
In this city-center district renowned for its artistic and mature feel, take this opportunity to experience genuine nihonga, one of Japan's most celebrated art forms.