Newfields, Indianapolis – A Brush with Beauty

Newfields, Indianapolis – A Brush with Beauty: Japanese Paintings in Ink, Color, and Gold

Opening October 25th

Ippodo Gallery’s March artist, Daisuke Nakano, will be exhibiting his paintings at Newfields in a group show titled A Brush with Beauty: Japanese Paintings in Ink, Color, and Gold.


From the website:

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields has one of the best collections of Edo period (1600-1868) Japanese paintings in the United States. This exhibition will feature the best of the Edo collection, as well as masterpieces across 700 years of Japanese painting. The rich collection features signature paintings by important artists from all the major schools of Japanese painting and will form the centerpiece of a year of exhibitions and programs (indoors and out) inspired by Japan. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

From Newfield’s Museum label:

Magnolia (Luminous Wind)


Using traditional materials and methods, Nakano’s work is an excellent example of contemporary Nihonga. Many aspects like the tarashikomi treatment of the branches and the precise draftsmanship of the blossoms and bird motifs refer to the Rinpa tradition. Yet the overlapping distribution of the blossoms combined with their delicate chiaroscuro suggests a corporeality and spatial depth that is distinctly modern. This combined with the staccato rhythm of the brown sepals in the lower portion of the composition surmounted by the exploding profusion of blossoms invites the eye to travel across the painting, eliciting a delightful sense of motion.

Nakano’s Luminous Wind serves to emphasize the richness of Japanese painting resulting from the cross-fertilization of various traditional painting styles that occurred throughout the Edo period and continues today.

Among the historical masters of painting including Ito Jakuchu, Tawayara Sotatsu, and Suzuki Hoitsu  – masters of Kano and Rinpa Schools-  Nakano Daisuke is represented as the only contemporary artist in this entire group show. Representing 700 years of Japanese painting within the different historical periods of Tosa school, Kano school, Rinpa school, and etc., Nakano’s piece is representative of contemporary Nihonga.

As the finale of the entire exhibition, museum goers were mesmerized by the detail, beautiful use of material and space, and hidden birds. Children really enjoyed counting the birds hidden between the magnolia flowers.

Magnolias are now blooming in Indianapolis!