From Curator: Dr. Ilana Singer Blaine (part 1)

Makoto Fujimura is a contemporary artist. Thanks to the exhibitions, writings, lectures and symposia he conducts throughout the world, he is valued for his impact on culture as well as for his inspiration to both artists and art lovers. The fusion between cultures, between traditional, Japanese art and the fresh contemporary abstract-expressionism is at the heart of Fujimura’s artistic approach.

Makoto Fujimura grew up in Japan and the United States of America. He studied art and biology for his Bachelor of Arts degree and then, he became an apprentice of the renowned Japanese artist.

Fujimura’s life changed when he first visited a traditional, Japanese art utensils’ store. There, vials of powder-pigments produced from minerals, soil, corals, semi-precious stones etc. were neatly arranged on the shelf. Captivated by those pigments, Fujimura abandoned the use of acrylic colours in preference of the mineral pigments. He also began to use gold and silver leaf.

“The Beauty of Silence”
The Contemporary Art of Makoto Fujimura
Exhibition Dates: February 24th – June 16th, 2018
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel