Translated by Michiyo Nakashima
Modern Painting on a Sliding Screen by Ki-Yan Stuzio
Written by Atsuko Yagura
Lately, this dynamic artwork is seen at many places in the city of Kyoto.
With the combination of vivid colors, the painted animals and plants look lively and fantastical. The artworks are not shown at a museum but are shown on the streets and outside of buildings. It is amazingly matches with the scenes of Kyoto.
A painting of Sliding Screens at Shoren-in Temple
Shoren-in Temple is an old and prestigious temple that is closely related to the Imperial household family as Tendai sect of Buddhism. In the dining place of this temple, called Kacyoden, there are 60 of sliding screens and all of them have lotus flower painted on them.
Originally, traditional painting on a sliding screen was made with mineral pigments and lacquer, but this artwork is made with acryl gouache and Neo-color. Interestingly, the collaboration of modern painting materials goes well with traditional architecture. The dining room with many lotus flowers is pretty fantastical and makes me feel relaxed in the middle of the Japanese garden.
Find the Artworks in the City
If you walk around the city of Kyoto, you will find the artwork at many public places.
If you take stairs to the underground, there is the same type of artwork that you see at Shoren-in as well. At Gion festival, there is the artwork you can see at the lanterns. The vivid colors and the style of painting are unique and striking.
Not only those places, the artworks are also seen at all over Japan, for example, Kyoto municipal zoo, Chorakuen (Senior citizens’ home), restaurants, Kansai international airport, and Hiroshima Mazuda stadium. There is the artwork in Vancouver and more than 100 other foreign places too.
In a zoo, there is a gorillas’ painting, while there are peafowls and carps paintings at Chorakuen and Hiroshima Mazuda stadium.
Who is the Artist?
The artist lives in Kyoto. Hideki Kimura, nickname as Ki-Yan, has started painting after he retired his career. He has different careers in the past such as an art teacher of an art school and a producer of rock music events, which he worked for many rock music events at dawning of rock music.
He says, “If it looks cool or interesting, then it’s fine.” That’s his motto when Ki-Yan creates his unique artwork.
Come to his shop Ki-Yan Stuzio
You can visit his studio and shop his goods at Gion. There are two shops that are Gion ishidan shita and Gion main shop. The first floor is a goods shop, and the second floor is his workshop.
There are bags, dishes, T-shirts, postcards, and many other articles.
The special items of the shop are Yukata, a Japanese fan, and a wrapping cloth.
In the end
Ki-Yan’s modern artwork amazingly goes well with the traditional architecture in Kyoto and many other old places as well as new places. That would be exciting to find his art while you are wandering around the city of Kyoto!
Address：69-1 Awataguchisanjobocho,Kyoto Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Hours：9:00～17:00（Entrance registration ends at 16：30）
Fee：Adult 500 Yen, Middle school and high school 400 Yen, Elementary school 200 Yen
Access 1: Take a Kyoto municipal bus route 5, 46, or 100 and get off at Jingumichi then walk 3 mins.
Access 2: Take a subway Touzai line and get off at Higashiyama station then walk 5 mins.
Access 3: Walk 10 mins from Maruyama park near Chionin temple.
Ki-Yan Stuzio, Gion main shop
Language：Japanese and English
Access 1: Keihan train, Gion shijyo station exit7. Walk towards Yasaka jinjya shrine about 8 mins.
Access 2: Walk 6 mins from Subway Touzai line.