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Though he started his artistic journey working in oil paint, Toyokuni Honda had an epiphany as a young man when he saw the ancient, faded paintings in temples in Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. He realized that color is fleeting and temporary; line is everything. At that point he began his lifelong practice of the medium of sumi ink and pigment to explore Asian themes.
Among his greatest achievements were the monumental “Great Nirvana” mural at Zenjo-ji Temple, in Kyoto, Japan, which measures 26x 147 feet, completed in 1999 after two years of preparation and four years of actual work. The mural depicts 44 kannons, or goddesses of mercy, surrounding images of nirvana. In 2001, he began his ongoing USA 50 project, in which he will depict every American state from his own viewpoint using traditional Japanese techniques.
Besides gaining renown in his native Japan, he has also received international attention for his work, having been awarded prizes at exhibitions in Bologna, Italy; Lannion, France; Bratislava, Slovak Republic; and Tsingtao, China.
Beginning in 2002, Mr. Honda launched a series of live sumi-e performances, painting on huge canvases in front of audiences in Japan and the US, sometimes in collaboration with various rhythmic musicians, to reintroduce to viewers the joyful and spiritual world of sumi-e.
His personal gallery “Toyokuni Atelier Gallery” was opened at Jimbocho, Tokyo in Japan on April 2014.

Sumie paintings by Toyokuni Honda

Sumi-e Live Painting Performance

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Sumi-e live performance is an event that draws the sumi painting on large canvas improvised in front of a large number of people.
Audience will be enthusiastic about sumi painting to go completed steadily and splashes vigorously. Energy of Sumi explodes with an exuberance, works come along rapidly gives full of energy and strong impression from children to adults. One that combines the fun of art and a variety of charm is the sumi painting live performance.

Sumi-e painting live performance has been done nearly 50 times in Japan and overseas already. Toyokuni has been drawing a lot of themes. They gave him a compliment and a big applause from the audience all. Theme Highest Rated is the dragon. The dragon has enthralled audiences everywhere.

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USA 50 Project

~ Painting all states in the United States in sumi-e painting ~

Toyokuni Honda made a decision at Laguna Beach in Southern California in the spring of 2001.
Painting all states of the United States, it was the starting as the project of USA 50. He wanted to paint and express out breathes of people and lives with a variety of vast nature in that country.
Soon, he had started the long way to finish them. First, he made some sketches there with some beautiful viewpoints and their spirits and lives of the people. Then, he had come back to his home and paint his works on washi papers with sumi-ink and draw a numerous strokes on his history and Japanese traditional technique. When he had done it, the next stage was begining…

 

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The message from Toyokuni honda

Toyokuni Honda said,
“USA 50 gives us a great experience and great joy along with the various difficulties. I have the backup of a lot of people, and with thanksgiving and happy feeling, USA 50 is proceeding slowly and surely to enjoy the powerful. I do not know when to be the day of completion, but I will work hard with the aim of the day. We look forward to your support.”

Important ones, such as sumi-e ink painting workshop and performance was born from the USA 50. This project has been highly appreciated, we have an exhibition of the work at the Tokyo American Club prestigious Tokyo. Donation of painting has also been made ??to the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle.

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We have a lot of works by Toyokuni Honda, paintings, woodcut prints, paintings on the rock, T-shirts and more. And you can see many works by special artists here. Also you can get original museum goods, postcards, mug cups, iphone case and more. Please get them as Japanese souvenir. We are looking forward to seeing you! Please come here and have some fun!

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Hours

Tuesday to Saturday:12:00~19:00
Sunday & National holidays:12:00~17:00

Holiday

Monday and irregular holidays

Address

101-0051  東京都千代田区神田神保町3-1-13-1F
Post Number : 101-0051
3-1-13-1F Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda Tokyo Japan

Directions

5 mins by walk from Exit No.6 of Kudanshita Sta.
3 mins by walk from Exit A1 of Jimbocho Sta.

from Tokyo station
1.The Marunouchi Line Tokyo Station
> Transfer at Otemachi to the Hanzomon Line
> Jimbocho Station
2.The Tozai Line Otemachi Station
(5 mins from Nihonbashi Exit of Tokyo Sta.)
> Kudanshita Station

from Shinjuku station
The Toei Shinjuku Line Shinjuku Station
> Kudanshita Station or Jimbocho Station

from Asakusa station / Ueno station
The Ginza Line Asakusa Station or Ueno Station
> Transfer at Mitsukoshimae
to the Hanzomon Line > Jimbocho Station

from Ikebukuro station
The Yurakucho Line Ikebukuro Station
> Transfer to the Tozai Line at Iidabashi
> Kudanshita Station

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神保町的秘画廊——墨画家本多丰国的世界

京的神保町,作为东京有名的文化区域之一,被众多史悠久的都内名校所环绕,著名的集英社,小学馆等名出版社也云集于此。除此以外,很多热爱收藏和古的朋友对这里肯定不会陌生,神保町被誉世界上最大的古街,每年也会举办各种各的古集市,很多学者和图书爱好者都会花上一天的时间古书街中寻宝。

就是在这样充满文化气息的街道上,有这样一所画廊,和鳞次节比承载着历史的古书店们毗邻,承载着传统日本画的墨香和风骨,又具有其独特的雅致和个性。画廊的名字叫做Tokyokuni Atelier Gallery豊國アトリエ Gallery),是日本著名水墨(墨絵)畫家本多丰国先生在2014年创立的,里面主要常规展出本多先生的画作以及同本多先生一起合作联合展的艺术家作品。

水墨画家本多丰国先生,是一位出生于东京的艺术家,也是一位绘本作家。他的画作题材广泛,从传统的日本画题材到现代的原创表现手法,应有尽有。无论是表现日本朴素之美的山水风景画,还是加入了作者独到个性的猫咪图,都以“墨绘”的线条作为表现的基础,不同的粗细如同音乐的节奏一般,传达了不同的感情。本多先生的创作中,受到了很多佛教画作的影响,亚洲风格的墨画风格犹如欲言又止的诗句,将具象和抽象链接在构图和画面中。

和很多传统的水墨画家不同的是,本多先生的画作融入了更多抽象和现代的要素,在视觉传达方面有很多接近于漫画艺术的感觉,但不仅仅是反应生活和讨喜可爱的猫咪墨绘。本多先生于京都禅定寺,在1999年费时六年创作的大壁画——大涅槃图,也在海内外引起了轰动。

绘本在日本是一个相当成熟的产业。绘本不仅仅面向的是孩童,有很多绘本也是写给成人看的,在业界中也会涌现出很多非常优秀的绘本作家,其中很多人也是职业画家或者插画师,或者漫画家,绘本对他们而言,更像是一种表现形式和对作品的叙述手法。本多先生的墨绘中,很多动物角色和人物角色都带有童话般的可爱气质,栩栩如生。

除了画廊活动,本多先生也拥有自己的Youtube频道,为了将水墨画这种艺术形式带入人们的生活中,他也在网上亲身教学录制绘画课程,对于初心者来说,无疑拉近了艺术同生活的距离,事实上,艺术并不是那么高不可攀的存在,它只是我们生活的一个投影和一种自然的感叹形式。我们可以通过学习,然后再用我们学到的知识去抒发我们所感受到的一切。在这间画廊中,同样地,想要学习水墨画(墨绘)的艺术爱好者,也可以报名这里的墨绘体验课程。(详情可以参见画廊的主页)

神保町的丰国画廊,并不只限于绘画的艺术形式。有的时候也会举办朗读会,落语会,爵士音乐会等等一系列内容丰富的艺术活动。如果来到神保町的话,这里一定是你不能错过的秘密基地。

 画廊/艺术家主页http://www.toyokunihonda.tokyo/

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地址:東京都千代田区神田神保町3-1-13-1F

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Sumi-e class “Experience”
Fun Sumie Ink Painting Lesson in Tokyo with English Speaking Instructor

This class is for beginners. It’s an experience but it’s so fun! You could be a sumi-e painter soon!

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Let’s have fun with Sumie Painting!!

In this activity, you’ll be taught how to paint bamboo, san-sui landscape, and more in sumi-e painting. You’ll paint 4-5 pieces in an hour in the class.
There are no mistakes in our sumi-e. There is also no good or bad in painting because it’s your masterpiece. That is sumi-e painting. All of you will have fun and of course children can also join. They might even be better than adults…they have an insatiable imagination.
After the class, you will all be painters of sumi-e. Easy and fun! Let’s try to paint!
Let’s have some fun with sumi-e painting!

Sumi-e Class “Experience” Review *English

First time experience SUMIE(Review) *English subtitles

Cost : 2,000 yen per person (1h)
Includes materials and art instruments.
Start Time : 13:00/15:00/17:00
Lessons available on open days except every Saturday and irregular holidays.
Please check out our web site for information about open hours.
Capacity : 1-4 people
Place : Toyokuni Atelier Gallery (Map & Directions)
Instructor : Yuta Honda
Credit card : Accepted(VISA, Master Card, American Express)

Attention :
Please just bring yourself. We take care of everything to paint. And please come in older clothing – Your clothes may get some paint on them.

Reservations and Inquiries :
Toyokuni Atelier Gallery
Email info@nekomachi.com
If you would like to make a reservation for the sumie class, please let me know 1.Experience/Master 2.Your Name, 3.Number of your party, 4.Date and starting time.

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Enjoy sumie!

★No mistake in Sumie Class
“No mistake in this class.”
Everytime I told the customers, they could always get relaxed. In fact, they can do that easily and that becomes their successful experiences. And they can get a lot of successful experiences in sumie class more and more. That’s why Sumie class got a lot of support from them.
★No painting well, No painting bad in Sumie Class
Also no painting well, no bad in sumie painting. All of the appearances are their expressions depanding on their conditions of bodies and hearts. It’s just an expression of the condition of you no matter what you painted. Of cource if you wanted to get techniques of drawing lines in Sumie painting, you would need to keep on practising to do that over a few decades. But we don’t need that in Sumie Class.
★Just paint class, it’s fine
The purpose of Sumie Class is for all people to have so much fun. Though it depended on the traditional art and technique, it’s just for having fun. That’s why it’s fine for you to paint sumie like as you painted on some notebook with phone calling. It’s enough to get effective of painting.
★Simple regulations 1.Paint in sumi-ink with brush on a paper/2.Sign Your Name
There are just two regulations in Sumie Class like as above. It’s particularly important to sign on your painting. For those who has no ability to sign their own, let them write down their symbol figures like as simple circle, triangle, cross and so on, on their painting. It’s the proofs that they had done completely. That gives them successful experience.
★Anyway enjoy painting!

Message from Sumie painting instructor Yuta Honda

I’m a son of the master of sumi-e painting Toyokuni Honda and I’m the master of the gallery.
I’ve had a sumi-e class Experience for the purpose of telling pleasures of painting in sumi-ink to the whole world. I think it’s more important to have some fun than to learn how to paint well. So please come see sumi-e and feel it and have some fun with sumi-e world at the gallery.
I’m looking forward to seeing YOU!

Thank you,
Yuta

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What’s Sumie Ink Wash Painting?

墨絵 Sumi-e is usually known as “水墨画(Suiboku-ga) Ink wash painting” which has painted in 墨 sumi-ink and 水 water. On Toyokuni saying about it, it includes painting also in East Asian pigment color named 顔彩 Gansai or 岩絵の具 Iwa-Enogu. In the history of Japanese painting, the majority is with color. But most of famous painting in old Japan is “Ink wash painting” so that Sumi-e painting is usually known as “Black and white painting”.
Sumi-e has mostly painted in sumi and pigment on 和紙 washi paper by 筆 Fude brush. It is the most important in it to paint them. It is said that it needs over 30 years to get mastered to do that. Then masters of sumi-e had been free from the technique and become artists.

※白描画 [Haku-Byou-Ga] / White and black paintings

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白描画 Haku-Byou-Ga paintings is one of the kinds of sumi-e paintings in Japan. It’s painted only lines in sumi ink. The most popular title of them is 鳥獣戯画 Choju-Jinbutsu-Giga created in 12th century and 13th century.

※水墨画 [Suiboku-Ga] / Ink wash paintings

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水墨画 Suiboku-Ga paintings is painted in sumi ink and water. Most of Japanese has usually reminded it when they thought about Sumi-e paintings. It has painted lines and surfaces with water as an additional material. It’s the most different point from Haku-Byou-Ga. The popular painters are 雪舟 Sesshu, 長谷川等伯Hasegawa Tohaku, 池大雅 Ike no Taiga and so on.

※墨彩画 [Bokusai-Ga] / Sumi and color paintings

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墨彩画 Bokusai-Ga paintings is painted in sumi and water and 顔彩 Gansai Japanese pigment color. It’s often known as 大和絵 Yamato-e paintings. Toyokuni Honda has often painted in this style. Though these three kinds of paintings has been separated as each classifications, they have painted in the same historical spirits as sumi-e paintings in Japan and Asia.

Traditional techniques in Sumi-e painting

1.渇筆 kappitsu
渇 ka means Dry, 筆 pitsu means brushes, so it totally means dry-brush. It’s a little sumi-ink in brush. It’s usually for painting some hair or some beard.

2.米点 bei-ten
米 Bei means rices, 点 Ten means points, so it totally means rice points or points of rice. It’s usually for painting leaves of woods. You can find it out in a lot of sumi-e paintings. It’s about circles but not exact ones, it’s ellipses.

Materials of Sumi-e painting

■ 墨 [Sumi] / Sumi-ink, indian-ink
Sumi sticks are made from 煤[Susu] ash of pine tree and 膠[Nikawa] glue. Both is mixed up into one and fix up mostly in winter by a craftsman. Sumi is usually figured as a stick. Before painting sumi-e, painters rubbed sumi-ink-stick on 硯[Suzuri] ink stone with water to make it liquid-sumi-ink. Then they painted sumi-e paintings in it. There are two kinds of Sumi-ink, one is with oil named 油 煙 墨 [Yuen-boku], and the other is 松 煙 墨[Shoen-boku] without it.

■ 和 紙 [Washi] / Japanese Paper
Washi paper is the one of the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Objects. Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or paper mulberry. It is rougher-made than paper from wood pulp. It is very important material in Japanese painting. Its surface makes Japanese color and sumi-ink paler and feel better. If there has been no its rough surface, no painter was able to paint such as beautiful one.
Washi has been used to make various goods in the life. For example 提 灯 [Chochin] Japanese lights, umbrellas, 障 子 [Shoji] window in Japan and more.

■ 筆 [Fude] / Ink Brush
The fude brushes come in various shapes and sizes, and are usually made using animal hair for the bristle. Typical animal hair may come from goat, sheep, horse and so on. The handle may be made from wood, bamboo. These are also used to write Japanese calligraphies.

■ 硯 [Suzuri] / Ink Stone
Suzuri has been used to rub a sumi stick with a drop of water around 6,000-7,000 years ago. It makes a sumi stick liquid. Suzuri is usually made from one hard and black stone. If a sumi stick was rubbed on the ink stone made from another material, sumi ink becomes softer or harder than before. The different is found well in painting in paler sumi-ink.

■ 落款 [Rakkan] / Signature and seal of the author
It usually points the signature and the seal of the author on their works in Japan. There are two kinds of seal meanings. One is 白 文 [Hakubun] white characters on background in red which means the real name of the author. Another is 朱 文 [Shubun] red characters on background in white which means the sub name, like as a pen name, or the sentence which the author liked.
It was usually made from a high quality hard stone. Rakkan was mostly original hand-made one.