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A Study in Contrast

  • Sato Sakura Gallery New York 501 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
Takashi Nagoya and Yoshida Mariko

(Above Left) Nagoya Takashi. Curiosity. 2018. Mineral pigments, gold leaf, gelatin, Japanese washi paper. 23.8 x 17.9 inches . 
(Above Right) Mariko Yoshida.Warm Spring Day. 2018. Mineral pigments, Japanese washi paper. 24 x 24 inches. 


On view: Jan. 10 - Mar 30, 2019
Location: 501 W. 20th St., New York, NY 10011
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 10 , 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Sato Sakura Gallery invites you to celebrate the beauty of distinctive styles and techniques within the contemporary Nihonga canon . The vivid colours and modern design aesthetics of Takashi Nagoya’s paintings are featured alongside the masterful brush work of Mariko Yoshida’s tradition-inspired minimalist floral motifs.

As an art form established during a period of Japanese history when dialogue with the West inspired both evolution and resistance throughout Japanese culture, the paintings featured in this special exhibition exemplify Nihonga’s ability to persevere as a classical art form- constantly reinvented in order to secure its own place within the modern world.

Although classically trained, Takashi Nagoya’s avant garde ’Nihonga Cross Design’ approach to his composition and painting style transcend the historical conventions of the art form to create something entirely unique and distinctly modern. The methodical arrangement of flora and fauna in his works evoke a sense of playful awareness of both the time honoured traditions of Nihonga and the importance of change.

Conversely however, Mariko Yoshida composes her works with strict adherence to orthodox composition and use of mineral pigments and brush techniques. Her keen eye for conveying effortless beauty found in the natural world speak to the classical influence of her journey as an artist of the old capital of Japan - Kyoto.  The philosophy of Yoshida’s reverence for the past is evident within her modern pastoral scenes and injects new life into this artistic tradition.