As part of the Frederick Harris Gallery’s summer series of exhibitions by emerging local artists, Risa Murakami presents a collection of her exquisite nihonga paintings.
Growing up in a family of traditional nihonga painters, Murakami received her first lesson from her father at just 5 years old.
She went on to study at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the United States and Tokyo’s Musashino Art University.
Murakami’s nature- and Zen-inspired works are on display throughout August.
Artworks are available for purchase through The Cellar.
Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
My father was a nihonga painter, so I was surrounded by art from a young age. Naturally, I wanted to become an artist just like him.
What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
Believe in yourself and keep painting, even if there are things that worry you. But instead of spending every waking moment painting, make sure you experience life, too. This will influence your work down the line.
My perfect creative environment.
A place where I can quietly immerse myself in my work and be surrounded by nature.
Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
I am fascinated by the delicate yet powerful works of Ryuko Kawabata, a nihonga painter who lived through the turbulent Meiji and Showa eras. I would be interested in learning from her sensitivities.