niigata eya exhibition 649
PHOTO（上）:「花筏のかるがも親子」 2022年 アクリル/紙 44.8×52.3cm
Miniature paintings of Japanese nature
For about 40 years, Kimura has been painting cherry blossoms and Japanese nature, nostalgic landscapes that you would have encountered somewhere. He goes sketching outside the prefecture in pursuit of cherry trees that are several hundred years old, and brings cherry trees that are no longer in bloom into full bloom on his canvases. He puts his heart and soul into every detail of each petal. “Red Post with Black Wall” – this work, too, shows a landscape that cannot be seen today, much less a girl in a kimono apron, which is unimaginable today; but it makes you feel as if you have met her somewhere. It is heartwarming. That is the worldview of Mr.Chiyoharu Kimura.
Kimura says that although you can tell what he painted by looking at it, it is the process of how he painted that is important. He continues stating that an artist should evolve without delay, and that the world of painting is endless. His words reveal his passion for painting and his way of life. We look forward to seeing what kind of excitement we will encounter again at this year’s exhibition. (Exhibition Planner: Yuko Yokogi)
Born in 1949 in Seiro Town, Niigata Prefecture, Kimura began painting children’s pictures on his own while working at a company in 1985. In 1992, he was selected for the first time for the Niigata Prefecture Kinro Exhibition; in 1997, he won a prize at the Echigo-Yuzawa National Children’s Drawing Exhibition; in 2001, he was awarded the Hokuto Colorful Grand Prize and the Niigata Nippo Art Promotion Prize; in 2002, he earned the Excellence Prize at the ILEC Institute of Education and Culture Art Exhibition;in 2016, he won the Sculpture Forest Museum Prize at the “Painting Japanese Nature” exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum, and since then has held noncompetitive exhibitions at the same exhibitions. Numerous solo exhibitions in Niigata Prefecture have displayed his paintings, including the Art Salon Kan and the Shitada no Mori Art Museum. This is his second solo exhibition at Niigata Eya.
2021年▶ 木村千代春 日本の自然を描く写実彩画