A RETURN TO TRUE BEAUTY
Artrue Gallery presents fresh works by Makoto Fujimura
Exhibition: 2016.11.12-11.15 Sat-Tue
Vernissage: 2016.11.11 Fri
Location: A10, Art Taipei 2016
Making its independent debut at Art Taipei this year, Artrue Gallery proudly unveils Makoto Fujimura’s Walking on Water – Azurite II, the artist’s latest work flown in from the US to make its first ever public appearance in Taiwan. The painting will be shown in addition to a number of works by the artist, including a scroll series, which is a rare combination of ink painting, Nihonga and contemporary art, created in collaboration with a Japanese scroll mounting master. Apart from the Art Taipei showcase, the artist’s works will also be shown at a dedicated exhibition at Artrue Gallery, an architectural gem overlooking Daan Forest Park. The exhibition is open for visitors during operating hours or by appointment. (Artrue Gallery: No. 82-3, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da'an District, Taipei. For appointments: +886-2-2358-3008. Official website: www.artrue.asia)
Hailed as the “bearer of light”, Japanese American artist Makoto Fujimura pursued a doctorate program at Tokyo University of the Arts and was the first non-native to be admitted into the program with a national scholarship. Upon graduation, he apprenticed under Matazo Kayama (1927 – 2004), Nihonga master of Rimpa, one of the major schools of Japanese painting. Renowned for his fusion of Nihonga technique and ideas from Western contemporary art, Fujimura insists on employing precious material including gold and silver flakes, natural minerals, ancient ink and Kumohada paper in his moving artistic expressions of awe at the beauty of Creation. Highly regarded as an international culture shaper, Fujimura was also a U.S. Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts.
After the major tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, Fujimura started contemplating human suffering. A Biblical account of a storm came to his mind, depicting a miracle in an equally helpless and devastating situation: Jesus walks on water and says to his disciples, “Do not fear”, and the storm ceases. In 2012 Fujimura started working on the series titled Walking on Water, as expressions of hope. The work in the upcoming exhibition was freshly created in 2016. With impressive dimensions of 3.4 meters in width and 2 meters in height, it stands as a powerful visual experience that is bound to inspire awe and reverence in the viewer. Artrue Gallery, operating in its current premises since 2015, is the official representative of Fujimura since 2014. Artrue Gallery has staged dedicated exhibitions for the artist in various locations including Taipei, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and California, and looks forward to another milestone for the artist at Art Taipei this year.
展覽位置：2016 台北國際藝術博覽會 A10
正藝美學空間今年首次獨立參加2016台北國際藝術博覽會，特地從美國空運藤村真 (Makoto Fujimura) 全新鉅作《行水系列 – 石青之二》來台參展，也是首度曝光。此次將展出藤村多幅首度亮相作品，包含他與日本裱裝師父合作的捲軸系列，為結合書畫、日本畫以及當代藝術的珍貴之作。博覽會期間，同時於座擁大安森林公園美景、獨棟清水模建物的正藝美學空間推出《藤村真個展》，藏家亦可於展覽開放時間或預約前往參觀。(正藝美學空間:台北市大安區新生南路二段82之3號；預約電話 +886-2-2358-3008；官方網站www.artrue.asia )
被喻為「文化塑型者」的日裔美籍藝術家藤村真，曾被遴選進入日本藝術最高學府-東京藝術大學進修，破天荒以非本國籍身分獲頒國家獎學金，甫一畢業即獲日本畫琳派大師加山又造 (1927- 2004) 收為學徒。藤村擅長以日本畫技法 (或稱日本膠彩畫) 融合西方當代藝術思維，堅持以金箔、銀箔、天然礦物、古墨、雲肌紙等珍貴材料進行創作，表達他深思美後對上天獻上的禮讚，更曾被任命為美國國家藝術委員。
日本311海嘯發生後，藤村思索著人們要如何面對這樣的大災難？他想起聖經中有一段關於暴風的故事，描述同樣是人類無能為力的景況，但奇蹟卻發生了 – 耶穌行在水面上，對著門徒說：「不要懼怕！」隨後暴風也止息了。於是藤村在2012年開始創作《行水系列》，透過畫作傳達「盼望」；此次參展作品不但是2016年全新創作，更是寬達3.4公尺的大尺寸鉅作，充分表達如大海般氣勢磅礡，使觀者透過視覺震撼感受其背後的崇敬意涵。正藝美學空間於2014年正式代理經紀藤村真，於2015年正式遷入現址，已於台北、紐約、香港、東京、加州等地推出多檔個展，今年於台北國際藝術博覽將再創里程碑。