Witnessing Japan through eyes of an Indian artist
What could be a better visual treat than witnessing Japan through the eyes of an Indian artist? Madhu Jain, a renowned name in the field of art, has given a tangible form to her memories of Japan. A solo painting exhibition by her, titled 'Japan As I See It', will be inaugurated on February 10 at The Japan Foundation.
The story dates back to 1994 when Madhu went to Japan and was amazed to see the incredible texture and brilliance of 'Nihon-ga' and 'Sumi-e paintings'. "My love for nature found a strong attraction to these eco-friendly mediums and I set my heart to study and research it. I interacted with artists and teachers in Japan and studied these techniques in Tokyo," Madhu mentioned.
On her return to India, she adapted these art techniques to portray her own contemporary style and expression.
Her painting are created in mediums such as ink, powdered rock mineral pigments, layered upon paper, using glue and water with special Japanese brushes.
Speaking of her learning process, Jain added, "After much practice, a few confident bold strokes and use of varying tones of ink, I have had the thrill to achieve the hollow of the bamboo, the harshness of the tree bark, the rounding of grapes, the turns and twists of orchid grass, fine needles of the pine, or a complete bird." The exhibition will be open for public from February 12 – 23, 2018.