Nihonga: Traditional Japanese Painting

Cultural, Visual Arts

In this video, our presenter explains the art of Nihonga, Japanese Traditional Painting. Nihonga is based on a painting style that has evolved over a thousand years. The materials used are traditional elements developed during its long history. Nihonga uses very unique materials and many are natural. The process of creating traditional materials is very time-consuming.

The main material for the Japanese painting is iwa-enogu (rock crushed pigments). It was introduced from China in the 7th century and the Japanese variation has been enriched through the centuries. After the latter half of 19th century it has developed by incorporating the elements of western painting. Now Japanese painting (nihonga) has several schools of creativity but does not lose its originality.

Viewers of this video will enjoy the opportunity to see actual Nihonga paintings by our presenter. Our presenter has a twenty-year career in Japanese Art. She graduated from the prestigious Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan with an M.F.A. in Nihonga (Japanese Painting). Her art has been exhibited in private group shows as well as public exhibitions and competitions. She is a member of the Society for the promotion of the Art of Traditional Japanese Painting. She has given presentations at the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival which are very well received.


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