Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 6-8p.m
We are pleased to present this exhibition featuring the work of Nihonga artist Ryo Date, renowned for her emotionally moving renderings of the mountains, sea, and countryside of Japan’s landscape.
Ryo Date was born in 1962 in the Shouzu district of Kagawa prefecture. After completing her graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987, she exhibited her work in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions. In 1989, as part of the restoration of Nara prefecture’s Yakushiji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, she was responsible for reviving the color of two Deva King figures. Her work at the 1993 group exhibition Yuga no Kai was acquired by the Ministry of Justice.
Known for her landscape paintings, Date depicts a range of subjects including her hometown, villages or towns for which she has a close affinity, plants that color the four seasons, animals, and more. Each of her works is rendered with a sense of nostalgia and intimacy, bringing a tranquility to the heart of the viewer. She is especially recognized for her sensibility with water and light.
In recent years, she has broadened her vision beyond Japan, creating landscapes that portray the sakura trees of Washington D.C. We can continue to look forward to her work as an artist in the years to come.
In this exhibition, we have included Ryo Date’s contemporary Nihonga landscape paintings in combination with a selection of pieces from the Sato Sakura Museum’s collection.
In the midst of New York’s sakura season, please enjoy the beauty of contemporary Nihonga.