b. 1977, Japan. Wave #97, 2014. Powdered mineral pigments on hemp paper, mounted on board. 115 x 235 cm. Courtesy of Olivier Malingue Gallery.

In WAVE #97 (2014) by Makoto Ofune (b. 1977, Japan) manifold shades of blue harmoniously create a sensory experience linked to the natural world: light, weather, time and seasons. The combination of traditional Japanese painting techniques with an abstract vocabulary creates an elaborate colour field imbued with lightness and movement. In Ofune’s practice, powdered mineral pigments known as iwa enogu areapplied to traditional Japanese hemp paper with nikawa, an animal gelatin glue. This technique enhances the vibrancy and depth of the original raw materials, creating intimate scenes that are both meditative and timeless.

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