If There is a Heaven
Daisuke Nakano creates paintings of light. I think, if heaven exists, it would resemble the landscapes of Nakano’s creation. Following Illuminating All Over the World, a painting that had brought hope last summer, this spring Nakano added a pair of two-panel screens titled, Blessed with Light. With beautiful wisteria blossoms that seem to flow down from the sky, the elegant peacocks, the plants and insects of early summer…each element possesses a vitality that makes them seem alive.
The overpowering composition, the exhaustive lines, the faithful details and the living colors, standing in front of this work, I find my heart stirred by its dazzling beauty, my chest becomes filled with joy and my body grows warm. It is a feeling akin to being bathed in sunlight. It is the light of compassion, of nature, which is severe yet kind. The clusters of flowers on the wisteria become entangled in the peacock’s feathers as they blow in the wind, their mysterious yet sacred perfume making us forget reality in the moment.
Nakano utilizes traditional materials and techniques of Nihonga-style Japanese painting. Employing an earnest sensibility and tenacious observation, he applies paints stroke by stroke, preventing him from producing more than a few works over the course of a year. This is an example of the Nihonga-style painting of the Reiwa period, it throws a light on the chaotic world in which we live and represents the highest level of style. We hope you will come and stand in front of Nakano’s paintings and allow yourselves to dream.