“Summer Gems” Exhibition

Sato Sakura Museum

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In collaboration with our partners at Wilensky Minerals, Sato Sakura Gallery presents ‘Summer Gems.’ For this curation,we bring together masterpiece Nihonga paintings - a refined artistic tradition from Japan famed for its use of natural mineral pigments - alongside world-class mineral specimens - themselves works of art and the base of the pigments used by Nihonga artists. In doing so, we seek to explore the relationship of rare gems and the transcendent beauty they lend to Nihonga Japanese paintings.

The practice of painting using colours derived from natural sources began thousands of years ago. Evidence of this still remains at sites like Lascaux and Altamira, where early humans used materials collected from the world around them to paint depictions of animals, people, and life, on the walls of their primitive homes. Although the use natural materials remained the standard for centuries around the world, the availability of oil and acrylic paints has all but eradicated the use of mineral pigments from the artist’s repertoire.

In Japan however, the tradition of using natural mineral sources for pigment has continued uninterrupted for generations. This is in part due to the appreciation by Nihonga artists of the rare beauty that using precious stones can lend their motifs - studies on landscapes, flowering trees, and even figurative works - all evince a lustre, depth of colour, and dimensionality that has permanently cemented Nihonga within the upper echelons of the global artistic canon.



from July 11, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Hours: Tues – Sat 11 am – 6 pm.

Opening Reception on 2019-07-11 from 17:30 to 19:30

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