yasunari ikenaga (b. 1965)
Born in Oita Prefecture, Japan
Self-educated in Nihonga, Yasunari Ikenaga began devoting himself to crafting a unique skin tone with mineral pigments in his 30’s, before formally applying it to his works in his 40’s. His bijinga paintings of beautiful woman, made with mineral pigments on hemp cloth, have a tone and texture that are unrivaled for their contrasting qualities of purity and sensuality. Domestically, he has worked in a wide variety of media, including providing images for book bindings and stationary, as well as illustrations for photo collections of popular Japanese idol groups.
selected solo exhibitions
“Yasunari Ikenaga" (Ishida Taiseisha, Kyoto)
“Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)
“Meiji Taisho no Bijinga vs Yasunari Ikenaga" (Tokyo Art Club, Shukad, Tokyo)
“Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Gallery Morimoto, Tokyo, continued in 2010, 2013)
"Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Shinjuku Takashimya, Tokyo)
Selected group exhibitions
“Yubi no Ha" (Ishida Taiseiha Hall, Kyoto)
“Sen" at the request of the exhibitior (The National Museum of Modern Art, Okazaki Ensei-ji temple, Kyoto)
“Yasunari Ikenaga and Yuko Takebayshi" (Gallery Keifu, Kyoto)
“Binanga-ten" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)
“Pocket magazine Panashi" (Nanwa Gallery, Tokyo)
Art Fair Tokyo (Gallery Morimoto and Shukado Booth, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, continued in 2011)
"Pocket magazine Panashi" (Gallery VIGLOWA, Tokyo)
Art Taipei 2012 (Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei)
The 8th Sugatatehiko Award exhibition (The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto and Kurayoshi Museum, Tottori)
Art Fair Tokyo (Shukado Booth, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, continued until 2015)
“Onna no Kao" (Shukado, Tokyo)
The 20th anniversary exhibition "Sen" (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
Art Taipei 2015 (Taipei)
"Binan Bijo" (Gallery Morimoto, Tokyo)
"Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji"
The 8th Sugatatehiko Award, Honorable Mention Award, Hyakkado Award
Published and front page design of monthly "Pocket magazine Panashi (ongoing)
Front page design of the book Kanon Hanakage "Jakka no Shizuku" (2012), "Moeizuru" (2013) published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.
Paintings by Yasunari Ikenaga "Kimiomou Hyakuya no Koufuku" (GeijutsuShinbunsha Co., Ltd)
Bijinga Calendar 2016, "Hoshi no kiyuru wo matsu"