Ikenaga Yasunari isn’t a classical painter, but a marvelous interpreter of the Nihonga tradition, a particular kind of Japanese paintings existing from more than a thousand years ago.
It is a technique that is normally done on typically Japanese paper or on layers of silk that our artist reproduces through the use of the Menso brush, which allows him to embed his lines in a perfect way on the surface.
Nihonga painting uses colors obtained through the processing of pigments or a glue composed of fish bones and other animal extracts that allow the work to remain intact for centuries, thus promoting the preservation of colors and of their unique beauty.
asunari’s favourite subjects are typical modern feminine faces, women lying on colored surfaces that recall their country of origin; women suspended in their thoughts and in their looks turned elsewhere and escape the eyes of the observer who gets stuck between the thick plots of the intense colors of which the canvas is painted.
An infinite and peaceful search, this is the sense that comes from the observation of the works of this Japanese artist, who seduces the observer inflicting a bitter defeat at the passing of time, also suspended between tradition and modernity. Beautiful paintings about nostalgia and remembering where we come from, where we live and that without memory you can’t go so far.