Colour of Toronto

When walking down the streets of Toronto, I see the contrast between the old buildings that were built in the end of the 19th century, and the modern architectures that had rapidly grew throughout the end of the 20th century.
Toronto is proudly known as the “People city” where people of different cultural backgrounds live.
I wanted to paint the interesting features, the people, and the scenery of the 21st century in Toronto, and decided to create the series of Colour of Toronto.
The materials consist of mineral pigments and pastel.


トロントの街を歩くと19世紀後半に建てられた古いビルと20世紀の後半から急速に発展して建てられた近代建築のコントラストが目につきます。 また、“ピープル・シティ”と呼ばれるように様々な人種が住み、文化の多様性は人々の誇りでもあります。


The term Nihonga came into use during the Meiji period (1868-1912) to distinguish traditional Japanese-style from Western-style painting. It involves the use of charcoal, mineral pigments, shell white and, occasionally gold leaf on washi (rice or hemp paper) or silk. The effect is a texture and luminosity not seen in Western style painting. Sumi-e is a form of Nihonga, painted exclusively with charcoal ink.




Sumi-e is ink painting. In the Japanese language, “sumi” means ink and “e” means painting. Ink is painted on washi (rice paper) using brushes, and sometimes subtle watercolour is added. Ink painting was brought from China to Japan six hundred years ago by Zen Buddhist monks, and Japanese ink painting traditions and innovations then developed. In Canada, sumi-e is practiced by artists from many cultural backgrounds, and sumi-e continues to grow as a creative art form.