The 4 individuals behind Nihonga100 are:
Eve first stumbled upon Nihonga while researching on the exchanges between Indian and Japanese artists at Santiniketan.
She is currently a Phd student at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Eve received her M.A. in Japanese Studies from NUS and her honours degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney. Her Master’s research was on Taisho period Nihonga Collectives: A Case Study of the Kinreisha (1916-1922). Prior to this, she worked at the National Gallery of Singapore where she managed and developed interpretive resources, multimedia tours and translations. She has also lectured and tutored respectively at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Nanyang Technological University in Museum Studies and Art History. Her research interests include the history of Nihonga, and transcultural influences in Japanese art.
Eve started Nihonga100 so that she could continue learning about Nihonga. She helps to organise the blog, interviews and promotes featured artists. She hopes to introduce Nihonga artists (both Japanese and foreign) to audiences outside of Japan through this blog and other research and writing activities.
Valerie is a French painter who has been married to a Japanese national since 1991. Originally trained as a specialist in decorative and wall painting, Valerie discovered Nihonga after several visits to Japan. In 2007, she started studying and practising Nihonga. She is fascinated by this mode of expression and shares her discoveries through public workshops and education initiatives. In 2004, she founded the association, “Pigments et Arts du Monde”, which aims to promote the knowledge of pictorial techniques from different cultures and to establish links through the association’s outreach and meetings. The association hopes to continue promoting artistic techniques and traditions that are relatively unknown in France.
Valerie is our Europe correspondent at Nihonga100 and writes on events and activities in France and Europe.
Akazawa is a Japanese artist living in Kyoto, Japan. In 1995, He graduated with a BFA in Japanese painting (Nihonga) from Kyoto City University of Arts. The basis of his art is inspired and sketched from Nature- the colours, atmosphere, form, and balance. His artistic expression ranges from paintings to ceramic sculptures. Already recognised and widely exhibited in Japan, Akazawa’s works are also gathering fans internationally. His ceramic works have been exhibited in Italy, Austria, Spain and Japan and are collected by the Museum of International Ceramics of Faenza, Italy, and Kapfenberg Museum, Austria.
Akazawa is our Japanese contributor from Kyoto and he updates on the Nihonga scene from Kyoto and the rest of Japan.
Judith Kruger is an artist, writer and advocate of Nihonga, living in Northwest CT, USA. She first discovered Nihonga in 2001 during a gallery visit in Kyoto. Since then, she has been researching and lecturing internationally on the subject. Judith’s dedication has led to her teaching the first ever university studio class in Nihonga in the USA, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also conducts regular workshops and classes in addition to her advocacy work in the appreciation and responsible preservation of mineral pigments. As an artist, Judith’s paintings address Human-Environment connectivity. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries and cultural centers throughout the USA and abroad.
Judith is our contributor from the USA and will update on the activities on her end, as well as contribute articles on Nihonga.