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Hiroki Murata

Hiroki Murata resides in Chiba, near Tokyo, Japan. At first glance, his evocative paintings resemble black-and-white photographs. In fact, his work is rooted in traditions but driven by innovations. Murata studied under Japanese master Ikuo Hirayama at the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. With an expertise in contemporary Nihon-Ga (Japanese painting), Murata's early works reflect lives in the metropolis, full of energy and vibrant colors. At the same time, there always seems to be an orderly simplicity in his subjects.

In 2001, Murata traveled to New Mexico and stayed in Santa Fe. The setting couldn’t be more different from Tokyo. Wandering among the side streets and surrounding country, he was struck by the rustic beauty of the land, and most of all, by the quiet luminosity of the light. Upon returning home, Murata set out to capture the powerful feelings from this experience. He wanted to explore a new medium and techniques that allow him to express the contrast between his homeland and the land he visited. Exploiting the evocative power of sumi ink, Murata produced a body of work with a striking melodramatic style. In order to create the feeling of light with black sumi ink, Murata makes use of the unique way sumi ink interacting with paper. When sumi ink penetrates into paper, it permanently occupies the spaces between paper fibers. Once absorbed, it cannot be displaced or diluted by adding more water. This characteristic of sumi-e is very different from that of oil painting, where layers of pigments can be added to cover previous brush strokes. In this regard, painting with sumi ink is somewhat analogous to dyeing fabrics. To create light in a night scene, Murata paints with broad washes of ink while selectively blocking ink from being absorbed into specific areas. This allows him to create extraordinary scenes - like a back-lit subject against a starry night sky - which are impossible to render by traditional sumi-e techniques.

The current show of Murata’s most recent work showcases the artist’s unique style.
 

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Hiroki Murata  "Tranquil Light"

sumi ink on paper  13"x10"

 

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Hiroki Murata  "After Twelve"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

 

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Hiroki Murata  "New Moon"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

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Hiroki Murata  "Moonglow"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

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Hiroki Murata  "Snowflakes"

sumi ink on paper  13"x10" 

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   Hiroki Murata  "Starry Night"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

 

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Hiroki Murata  "By the Window"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14" 

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 Hiroki Murata  "Shimmering"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"  

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 Hiroki Murata  "Twilight"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"  

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Hiroki Murata  "Dawn"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14" 

 

 

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 Hiroki Murata  "Interlope"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

 

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  Hiroki Murata  "Moment"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

 

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Hiroki Murata  "North Wind"

sumi ink on paper  18"x14"

 

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Hiroki Murata  "After Eight"

sumi ink on paper  13"x10"

 

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Hiroki Murata  "Exit"

sumi ink on paper  13"x10" 

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Exhibitions

 

1992  Group Exhibition, SEIBU Gallery, Sangenjyaya, Tokyo

1993  Gradution Exhibition, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

1994  Solo Exhibition, Dowakasai Gallery, Kayabatyou, Tokyo

1996  Sankeien Grand Prize Exhibition of Japanese Painting, Sankeien Museum, Honmoku, Yokohama

1997  Solo Exhibition, Gallery Miro, Kannai, Yokohama 

1998  Sankeien Grand Prize Exhibition of Japanese Paintings, Sankeien Museum, Honmoku, Yokohama

1999  The 54th Spring Exhibition of the Japan Art Institute, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

2000  Sankeien Grand Prize Exhibition of Japanese Paintings, Sankeien Museum, Honmoku, Yokohama

2002  Solo Exhibition, Gallery Mohri, Ginza, Tokyo

2002  Solo Exhibition, Sanbido Gallery "Shiki", Snajyo, Kyoto

2003  Solo Exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico