Eyes & Curiosity—Flowers in the Field: Focus on Kimura Ryōko’s Nihonga Paintings of Beautiful Men (Bidan-ga)

Nihonga 日本画

Eyes & Curiosity—Flowers in the Field (16 March – 21 April 2019), a group exhibition by four Japanese artists opened on 16 March, 2019 at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore. The exhibition, according to the gallery’s press release, embodies new interpretations of traditional techniques and explores the relevance of old ideals in today’s society. Working in different mediums, the artists— Kato Ai, Kimura Ryōko, Kobayashi Satoshi and Mizuno Rina present works that are a treat to the eyes.

From decorative natural landscapes, intricate relief paintings of nature, nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings of men to bubblegum-pop style depictions of women, the show updates contemporary themes and reflects how the artists navigate the legacy of tradition and of visual tropes.

Here, I will focus on a discussion of Kimura Ryōko’s selected works for the exhibition—Paradise of Dragon Palace, Fugen Bodhisattva, Monju Bodhisattva and Jizo Bodhisattva.

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