Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kayama, Matazo

Frozen Forest
Japanese-style painting
(Japanese-style painting generally uses mineral pigments like rock paints and India ink, and it is usually done on silk, Japanese paper, gold or silver leaf)
113.0 × 146.3 cm
Ookawa Museum Foundation, Japan

Matazo Kayama (1927-2004) was a Japanese painter born in Kyoto, the son of a designer of Nishijin-brocade Kimono (Traditional Japanese Dress).
He was seen in Japanese art circles after World War II as the representative of a new Japanese style. Kayama’s early work reflected the depressed conditions following the defeat of Japan in the war. In the early 1960s he created refined landscapes suggestive of the decorative character of classical Japanese painting. After 1980 his style changed again, towards an individualistic approach visible in his large ink paintings of Japanese natural life. This style was essentially a revival of the unique decorative character of Japanese art, but with a modern sense of form and mood.

He was a professor emeritus, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, chosen to cultural contributor in 1997, awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2003.