A special reception and opening exhibition was hosted last evening at The Nippon Club for Yoriko Inakazu. The exhibition title is known as “Harmonizing Traditional Japanese Painting with Contemporary Aesthetics.” The paintings themselves are quite large and have many layers to them.She paints with gold and silver on linen paper. A friend of mine mentioned how Asian art is more two-dimensional than Western art and you can see this style is noticeable in her paintings. In her paintings, she makes use of very little warm colors. The backgrounds include a black, gray and blue with a charging dash of color. I was most impressed that her paintings were on linen paper. The roughness to spread the paint gives it a raw and natural feel. The exhibition continues for another week, so pop in during lunch or after work.

Translator and Ms. Inakazu’s artwork
A pair of water lily paintings in the background

Date: 09/05/07 – 09/14/07
Time: 10 am – 6 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Location: The Nippon Gallery
145 West 57th Street New York NY 10019
(Between 6th & 7th Ave.)
Contact: info@nipponclub.org/212-581-2223
More info: http://nipponclub.org/upcomingevents.php#100

T. Ishizuka