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yasunari ikenaga

Born in 1965 in Oita Prefecture, Japan Lives and works in Tokyo, 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 women, 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

2014

"Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Shinjuku Takashimya, Tokyo)

2008

“Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Gallery Morimoto, Tokyo, continued in 2010, 2013)
“Meiji Taisho no Bijinga vs Yasunari Ikenaga" (Tokyo Art Club, Shukad, Tokyo)

2006

“Yasunari Ikenaga: Japanese Style Paintings" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)

2005

“Yasunari Ikenaga" (Ishida Taiseisha Hall, Kyoto)

Selected group exhibitions

2019

"Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji"(SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

2015

Art Taipei 2015 (Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei)
"Binan Bijo" (Gallery Morimoto, Tokyo)

2014

“Onna no Kao" (Shukado, Tokyo)
The 20th Anniversary Exhibition "Sen" (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)

2012

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)

2011

"Pocket Magazine Panashi" (Gallery VIGLOWA, Tokyo)

2010

Art Fair Tokyo (Gallery Morimoto and Shukado Booth, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, continued in 2011)

2008

“Pocket Magazine Panashi" (Nanwa Gallery, Tokyo)

2007

“Yasunari Ikenaga and Yuko Takebayashi" (Gallery Keifu, Kyoto)
“Binanga-ten" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)

2006

“Yubi no Ha" (Ishida Taiseisha Hall, Kyoto)
“Sen" at the request of the exhibitior (The National Museum of Modern Art, Okazaki Ensei-ji temple, Kyoto)

awards

2012

The 8th Sugatatehiko Award, Honorable Mention Award, Hyakkado Award

publications

2015

Bijinga Calendar 2016, "Hoshi no kiyuru wo matsu"

2014

Paintings by Yasunari Ikenaga "Kimiomou Hyakuya no Koufuku" (GeijutsuShinbunsha Co., Ltd)

2013

Front page design of the books Kanon Hanakage "Jakka no Shizuku" (2012), "Moeizuru" (2013) published by Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.

2008

Published and front page design of monthly "Pocket Magazine Panashi (ongoing)

Exhibitions