Nihonga Japanese Painting : Hamilton Art Gallery

Hamilton Art Gallery, Australia
30 May – 11 July 2012

A valuable collection of Nihonga paintings was donated to the State of Victoria by the International Culture Appreciation and Interchange Society of Japan in 1977 to commemorate the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between Australia and Japan. Rediscovered in the 2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange and now under the custodianship of the NGV, the paintings are currently on exhibition at Hamilton Art Gallery in regional Victoria.

Selected as the most talented artists of the times, many are the recipients of Imperial awards. Director Daniel McOwan says ‘It is difficult to see Japanese painting in Victoria, and Hamilton Art Gallery is pleased to be able to offer a glimpse into one aspect of a deep tradition in offering this exhibition of Nihonga painting. The 25 works in this exhibition have infrequently been exhibited together. We are most grateful for the sponsorship provided by Mrs Pauline Gandel that has enabled this exhibition to proceed’. Hamilton Art Gallery have produced a seminal catalogue of the works with an introductory essay by scholar Dr Chiaki Ajioka. Although little known in Australia, Nihonga represent a thousand year old tradition in Japan, are represented in many museums around the world and form an integral part of the teaching curriculum in several major American universities.

IKEDA Yōson (1895-1988)
Frozen Field 1977
Mineral pigments on paper
46.0 x 54.6 cm
Inscribed l.r. Yōson, with artist’s seal in red
Presented to the State Government of Victoria by the International Culture Appreciation and Interchange Society, Japan 1976

HASHIMOTO Meiji (1904-1991)
Cherry Blossoms 1976
Mineral pigments on paper