Laura de Santillana’s solo exhibition, “Moon. From Kyoto to New York.,” is now on view at Ippodo Gallery New York

Laura de Santillana’s solo exhibition, “Moon. From Kyoto to New York.,” opened today, Thursday April 18, and will be on view through May 24! For this show, de Santillana conceived a series of small format tablets in which metal leaf is incorporated or applied to the surface, suggesting the perception of the moon in a night sky. Within strict geometric forms exist dreamy worlds of jewel tones, shimmering hues, and translucent glass in a color range of deep blues, blue greys and silvery greys.

Laura de Santillana from Shoko Aono on Vimeo.

Hafu Matsumoto featured in “Wallpaper*” for his collaboration with Loewe to create basketry using leather

In an inspired collaboration for Milan Design Week, premier basketry artists, such as bamboo-weaver Hafu Matsumoto, produced works using Spanish luxury brand Loewe’s leather. Accompanying these artists’ works are a variety of bamboo-basket-inspired bags and ornaments specially created by Loewe for this occasion. Ippodo Gallery is pleased to work with them to promote the impact of arts and crafts on new styles and traditions today. Read more about it in this article by Wallpaper*! 
This show is on view at the Loewe Milano Store Via Monte Napoleone, 21, 20121 Milano from April 9~14, 2019.


Hafu Matsumoto and the artistic director of Loewe, Jonathan Anderson with artwork, “Creel”



Thoughts from Daisuke Nakano

Nature always inspires me as a
blank canvas

Nature is beautiful because it changes.
Spring may come again but the same spring will never return– likewise, I slowly change as well.

Nature always produces beauty.
It is only a matter of how open I am to receive its beauty.
I trust my intuition so that it can inspire me at any time.

I often take walks.
I see things I would otherwise miss just by creating themes for my walks like: “let’s find a red thing today.”

Following the Nihonga (Japanese Painting) process, blank space is filled with gold and silver leaves, rejecting perspective. I find beauty in such flatness.
I then make a precise sketch to the exact size of the canvas.

At first, I trace the sketch onto jute paper at least 3 times, refining with fine point blush with sumi ink.
Only the necessary lines remain after exploring shape of every tracing.

Lines are the bones of Nihonga.

It takes courage for artists to refine their outline with thick, black sumi ink because it finalizes the composition.

Even though I paint animals, even though I paint flowers,
I never forget human beings.

Realism speaks the truth.

It is pleasing to paint when the pigment becomes something else.

I paint with nerve rather than feelings.
I paint with thought rather than emotion.



“Burst of Nature”- An Essay by Shoko Aono, Director of Ippodo Gallery NY

A nandina plant with red berries struggles under the weight of the falling snow while a marten holds its breath, its eyes gazing in our direction. The sweet perfume of a magnolia in full bloom almost wafts from the image as the carp stream against each other in crowded pools.

Nihonga-style painter Daisuke Nakano uses an animated method of expression which makes it appear as if living creatures are on verge of bursting out of the picture. He says, ‘I want to paint pictures that look as if they would bleed if you cut them,’ imbuing each line with life, each color with blood. He takes exhaustive care over every line, capturing movement inside a stationary two-dimensional work. Accurate down to the finest detail, they dominate regardless of size.

In this, the Nihonga works share something in common with the heterogeneity that allowed anime painting to shake the Japanese art world. The exquisite way in which the scenes are expressed provide the viewer with a wonderful sense of enjoyment, touching the heart profoundly, prompting a longing for nature and hinting at how we should think of life.

Nakano was born in the ancient capital of Kyoto and studied design in school. He soon grew fascinated by natural pigments and glue made from deer, so from the age of eighteen, he devoted himself to the Nihonga painting style.

He learned quickly from the flat world of the Nihonga, drawing particular inspiration from the method of using gold or silver leaf as a base that was developed by Itō Jakuchū or the Rinpa School. It wasn’t long before he created his own, derivative painting method, filling the entire surface of the picture with detail.

Depicting the overwhelming power of nature and the climax of life, he expresses the changes of natural world, its evanescence and sorrow. Flowers in full bloom will eventually fall and physical bodies return to the earth. This intoxication of paradox and life is to be found in the work of the ‘contemporary painter’, Daisuke Nakano.

We are delighted to announce that just as spring comes to New York, Daisuke Nakano will be holding his first ever exhibition outside Japan at the Ippodo Gallery, New York.

“Snowy World,” 2016, 71 x 71 in., Natural mineral pigments, aluminum leaf, Japanese ink, jute paper

“Magnolia, ‘Luminous Wind’,” 2018, 71 x 71 in., Natural mineral pigments, aluminum leaf, Japanese ink, jute paper

“Carp, ‘Entreat’ (Ten Aspect series),” H64 x W38 1/4 in., Natural mineral pigments, aluminum leaf, Japanese ink, jute paper


‘Even though I paint animals, even though I paint flowers, I never forget human beings.’

– Daisuke Nakano

雛人形と武者人形展 本日より開催です




Winter Ceramic Collection, just arrived from Japan!

We hope your year has started happily and with abundant health.
Although we are snuggling inside of our respective homes and waiting for warmer times, we would like to invite you to brave the cold to view our new collection of ceramic works, which have all just arrived from Japan.

For those who are living in the sunny South, we hope these pieces inspire classic wintery scenes in your imagination.
For those who are enduring this frigid weather, we believe these pieces offer a sense of warmth, as ceramics are the fusion of clay, water and fire!

We look forward to seeing you in New York.

For more information, please visit our exhibition page

第4回 翔ぶ鳥展 開催中です




Happy New Year 2019 !!


Happy New Year!

Thank you for your loyal patronage and friendship throughout the year 2018.

We at Ippodo Gallery firmly believe in the magic and art produced by humankind.

We remain committed to introducing the finest selected artists living in Japan today.

We are happy to share, support and celebrate living artists together with you.

Wishing 2019 to be a year of happiness and beauty for you !


Coming Soon!

Solo Exhibition :
Our Flowering World : Nihonga paintings by Daisuke Nakano
March 7 ~ April 6, 2019


Thursday, March 14, 6 – 9 pm, Opening reception with the artist


The image is the part of Daisuke Nagano’s screen work, “Snowy World.”