I wish you a happy sheep year!!
2015 is the Year of the Green Wooden Sheep. (Hitsujidoshi – 未年)
Here are the new dates for nihonga workshops at the gates of Paris
Valerie Eguchi is an artist based in France. Since she discovered Nihonga in 2007, she has been studying and practising Nihonga with great determination, overcoming difficulties in accessing materials and language barriers. In her attempts to understand Nihonga, she has sought out learning opportunities by assisting teachers and working tirelessly through experimentation and referencing from real artefacts. Her works show great sensitivity to the subjects she paints and dexterity in adapting from another culture.
Currently, Valerie organises workshops in France through her association, Pigments et Arts du Monde and actively champions the preservation and promotion of Nihonga.
You specialise in decorative and wall painting, in addition to painting Nihonga. How did you get started?
I was 25 years old when I went to Paris for specialist training in that. After that, I started making copies of paintings in my boss’s workshop as well as doing work for companies. Then, I left and set up my own business. I worked for private individuals, restaurants, and hotels for the next 18 years. (At first when I started making art, I was using classical techniques I had learnt in oil painting. Then I started using pigments and acrylic mediums.
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