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Makoto Fujimura fuses traditional Nihonga painting with the techniques of Western abstraction. He has a particular affinity for using stone-ground minerals such as gold, platinum, malachite, azurite, and cinnabar. Fujimura believes that the minerals—particularly gold—allow for a fuller exploration of the interstice between the essential flatness of abstraction and the interior space of representation. “Gold is that paradox: it creates space (by being semi-transparent) and remains flat (by being mirror-like) at the same time,” he says. Fujimura’s deep religious faith attracts him to the metaphysical aspects of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. In The Four Holy Gospels Project (2009), Fujimara was commissioned to illustrate the Four Holy Gospels in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

Selected exhibitions
2021
10th anniversary of the 311 Great-East Japan Earthquake Special Exhibition - Makoto Fujimura Solo Exhibition 311東日本大地震十周年特別企劃 藤村真日本畫特展Artrue Gallery
2020
Makoto Fujimura Special Exhibition 藤村真新作和精選展Artrue Gallery
The Glory of Fusion - Makoto Fujimura Solo Exhibition 榮光 - 藤村真個展Artrue Gallery
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Soliloquies - Joy, 2009

Mineral Pigments and Gold on Belgian linen
79 9/10 × 64 1/5 in
203 × 163 cm
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Taipei City , Tainan City
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Medium

Makoto Fujimura fuses traditional Nihonga painting with the techniques of Western abstraction. He has a particular affinity for using stone-ground minerals such as gold, platinum, malachite, azurite, and cinnabar. Fujimura believes that the minerals—particularly gold—allow for a fuller exploration of the interstice between the essential flatness of abstraction and the interior space of representation. “Gold is that paradox: it creates space (by being semi-transparent) and remains flat (by being mirror-like) at the same time,” he says. Fujimura’s deep religious faith attracts him to the metaphysical aspects of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting. In The Four Holy Gospels Project (2009), Fujimara was commissioned to illustrate the Four Holy Gospels in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from SILENCE AND BEAUTY - Makoto Fujimura Solo Exhibition《寂靜・美》- 藤村真個展
Other works by Makoto Fujimura
Other works from Artrue Gallery
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