Japanese artist Takashi Kanazawa was recently part of an exhibition in New York city, hels by Seizan’s gallery with six other painters. Called Nihonga, Contemporary Art of Japan, this exhibition aimed at shedding the light on the balance between Japanese tradition and a more contemporary aesthetic, that these artist are searching for.
Takashi’s Kanazawa’s paintings are painted on washi paper, a traditional japanese material produced with local fiber. They show wildlife animals in the moonlight, with minimal background and a bit of ferocity and poetry.
The term Nihonga refers to the 19th century, when western art met the resistance of traditional japanese painting and patterns.