The Kyoto Contemporary Ink Painting (京都現代水墨選抜展) began today at Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture (京都府立文化芸術会館). Our friend, the sumi artist Christine Flint Sato, has a work on display there so I thought I would pop in and have look. Expecting typical sumi works in black and white I was surprised at how colorful many of the works were.
While I was there a lady asked me if any of the works had impressed me at all, and I immediately pointed to an atmospheric painting of a passage through the woods. The lady was very happy to hear this, for by pure chance that was her very own painting!
I was taken aback when she told me she had only been practicing ink painting for a year or two. All credit to her teacher Okada Ikuko pictured below with her work 明日へ, “For Tomorrow”.
Twenty-three works are on display by twenty-three artists, and they display a wide variety of style and theme. If you are in the area, it is certainly worth a look. The exhibition is free to enter and continues until December 7th.
Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture is on the west side of Kawaramachi just below Imadegawa. Here is a MAP.