Moonlite ripples

Moonlite ripples

Ikuro Yagi
[Woods]
Item Number:A13620
2014
H59.5 W63.6 in
H151 W161.5 cm

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Ikuro Yagi
Ikuro Yagi
1955 Born in Yoshida-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
1980 B.F.A. from Tama College of Fine Art (Japanese Painting)
1982 M.F.A. from Tama College of Fine Art (Japanese Painting)

-Awards/Other Activities

Soga Exhibition Spongtime Prize (1982.84.85)
Soga-kai Prize, nominated as a fellow member of soga-kai (1986-89)
A member of yoko-no-kai (1988-1992)
Scholarship, study at home (Agency for cultural Affairs, 1985)
Scholarship, study abroad (Paris, Agency for cultural Affairs, 1990-92)

Lecture, Japanese Painting (Shizuoka Pref.Art Museum, 1991)
Current Position:
Instructor (Art Design), Tokyo National Univ. of Fine Art and Music

-Owner of collection

Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art
The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
Shizuoka Prefectural Government
Hirano Museum of Art (Hamamatsu)
Art Museum in Prefectural University of Hiroshima
Nerima Art Museum
Hamamatsu Industrial High School


In the traditional Japanese home, the living space is divided with folding screens or sliding doors that are decorated with paintings. In his youth, Yagi traveled to Paris to paint while he struggled with the question of what comprised contemporary Japanese painting. Applied to antique Japanese wooden fittings, his works harmonize with the wood grain, their composition dictated by the fact that they will move, expressing the world of Japanese painting within domestic space.

The Nihon-ga Paintings of Ikuro Yagi Born in 1955 in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, surrounded by the rich natural beauty of mountains, rivers, a vast lake and the sea, he continues to live there, expressing his remarkable talent through innovative nihon-ga (Japanese-style) paintings. He studied nihon-ga under the great master of the genre, Matazo Kayama, at the graduate school of Tama Art University. He also studied under the pioneer of western-style painting, Koji Kinutani, before moving to Paris where he spent his early years. Totally immersed in French culture - food, tableware, furniture, architecture, opera, chanson, etc., he found that it resulted in a growing empathy with nihon-ga, and decided to devote himself to this type of painting. Following his return to Japan, he experimented with numerous techniques and styles, but recently he has concentrated on applying nihon-ga paintings to the wooden fixtures of traditional Japanese houses, finding the motifs for his work in the grapes, wisteria and other plants that grow in his garden. His work creates an interesting harmony between the natural mineral pigments and the texture or grain of the wood, the application of his paintings transforming the wooden fixtures into canvases. Despite the fact that Yagi's paintings conform to the nihon-ga genre, they remain completely free. They can almost be described as a form of Art Nouveau decoration and represent the twenty-first century style of nihon-ga