Ichiro Kikuta brings ink-wash paintings to Naha

Kikuta’s works are exquisite in their details.

A Kunigami Village artist is bringing his ink-wash painting show to Naha for a short exhibition at the Ryubo Art Salon.

All of Kikuta’s motifs from Yambasru forests in yhe Kunigami area.

Ichiro Kikuta is one of the most famous ink-wash painters in Okinawa, and he’s showing his drawings on authentic Japanese folding screens of hand-made Japanese layered paper.  Kikuta daws a variety of wild animals of northern Okinawa, ‘Yanbaru’ by Sumi ink.  His sketch works are also on display through August 25th at the Art Salon at Ryubo Department Store.  The free exhibition is open 10 a.m. ~ 8:30 p.m. on the 7th floor.  The exhibition closes at 5 p.m. on Monday the 25th only.

Ichiro Kikuta ink-wash painting show will be held at the department Ryubo in Naha. He draws on Japanese authentic folding screen, which is hand-made

Besides finished works, the exhibition displays some of Kikuta’s sketches.

Japanese paper by many layers. He draws a various kinds of wild animals of the northern Okinawa, ‘Yanbaru’ by Sumi ink. The exhibition showcases black-ink paintings, including works featuring yambaru kuina or Okinawa rail, elephant ear plants, and pink-flowered hibiscus. Some of his sketches are also on display.

The artist was born and raised in a small village nestled in the mountains of Fukushima, in northern Japan. From the time of his childhood, he always enjoyed drawing what he found in nature around him, such as insects and birds. Gradually, Kikuta became more inclined to project the real substance of nature, rather than superficial aspects of it. Having realized that flowers, birds, and mountains are all just parts of the entirety of nature, always changing from one moment to the next, he ultimately settled on black ink as his medium of choice to depict the “wholeness” of the natural world.  “I’m aiming to convey my view of nature by the artwork to people,” Kikuta has said.