Golden Pine, which measures 7 metres by 5 metres, is painted with the traditional technique of
Nihonga (literally meaning "Japanese painting"). It is a site-specific work that interacts with and
enhances its immediate physical environment of Oxford House. The painting echoes the reflection
of the t rees from the adjacent plaza the massive glass wall at the base of the building. Using mineral
pigments from semi-precious stones, thousands of gold and silver leaves and hundred-year-old sumi
ink, the painting seems to produce a golden light of its own to respond to the late afternoon sun
that illuminates it.
About the artist
Fujimura lives and works in New York. His paintings are included in virtually every museum
exhibition of contemporary Nihonga in Japan and he has had a museum retrospective in Tokyo, a
rare event for an artist not yet forty at the time. His work hangs permanently in the famed Asian art
collection of the St. Louis Art Museum as well as in many museums in Japan.