HK Tatler | 3 Sep 2015
Hong Kong Tatler interviewed Japanese artist Makoto Fujimura about his latest solo exhibition ‘Fire and Water’ at Galerie Huit.
Learn more about the show at: Makoto Fujimura | Fire and Water
Fire and Water: 15 Minutes with Makoto Fujimura
Following the opening of his exhibit at Galerie Huit, the Japanese artist tells us about his latest exhibition and why his work must essentially come from the heart
Galerie Huit presents acclaimed Japanese artist Makoto Fujimura’s solo exhibition titled Fire and Water. Fujimura’s distinctive abstract expressionist paintings successfully combine Nihonga techniques with contemporary artistic practice creating a distinct visual language that is both abstract and rational.
At the heart of Fujimura’s practice is a spiritual response to questions surrounding mankind’s existence, the struggles of human nature, and faith. We speak to the artist about his work and the divine struggle posed throughout his dynamic exhibit:
MF016, Makoto Fujimura, Silence – Kairos, 208 x 348 cm, 2014
I am very excited to partner with Gallery Huit for this solo exhibit, I’m looking forward to expanding my exhibits to Hong Kong, Taipei, and L.A., as well as continuing my work in Japan and in New York.
It’s hard to define my artistic style as although my work uses traditional techniques, it does not fit neatly into any category. Neither Nihonga nor contemporary art, representation nor abstraction, secular nor religious, Japanese nor American: none of these terms are sufficient. I consciously try to bridge the divide I sense in my own soul.
My exhibit at Galerie Huit, Fire and Water encompasses the last 15 years of my work, affected by 9/11, devastated by Sandy and 3/11, and somehow through art responding to the calamities of our time. As I move forward, I hope to depict a world beyond the waves of storms and fire, toward a sanctified reality of Water and the purifying power of Fire.
Makoto FUJIMURA,Cinnabar Cascade,2007,vermillion on kumohada paper,36 x 50 inches, 91.5 x 127 cm
I would like people to slow down and really “see” the layers of refracted light through the mineral technique of Nihonga I use. It takes a while for our minds to slow to actually experience what our eyes are seeing. There is beauty and delight in senses, and in life, that we miss all the time.
My advice for any budding artists would be to stay with your “first loves”, and refine that which only you have to offer to the world. Be patient as it will take more than 10,000 hours of practice to fine tune your craft to a level that can communicate. Pray through your work and through your life.
My words to live by are by William Blake: “To see a world in a grain of sane, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”
Makoto Fujimura: Fire and Water
Date: September 1 to October 5, 2015
Time: Open Daily, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Galerie Huit, Soho 189, 189 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
* Image and Text Credit: HK Tatler