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Golden Pine

1/F Oxford House
Makoto Fujimura
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.
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