Makoto Fujimura’s painting is a fusion of traditional Japanese Nihonga and his own visions of form and spirit. Born in the U.S., in his younger years, Fujimura’s family moved back and forth between the East Coast and Japan. During post-grad studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he became increasingly drawn to Christianity. It’s informed his work and advocacy in many ways. He talked with April this week about a recent work that catalyzed his thoughts on spirituality and aesthetics.
Fujimura’s work is on view at several spots around the region, as he wraps up a scholar’s residency with Southwest Washington’s M.J. Murdock Trust.
An exhibition of his paintings can be seen at the Chehalem Cultural Center through Friday April 18th.