KISARAGI BIJUTSU STUDIO

About Artist

Yo Ebi

Ebi stands out brilliantly among contemporary nihonga artists in his poetic expression produced from a technique called "washing" and artworks suggestive of how "shapes of things" are composed. He had long time been teaching at Tokyo University of the Arts and transferred to Hiroshima City University as Associate Professor in 2008. He is very active on showing at solo exhibitions and tremendously popular among keen nihonga collectors.
In 2016, he returned to Tokyo University of the Arts as Associate Professor. Meanwhile, his solo exhibition title renewed also.

Yo Ebi
1965 Born in Yamaguchi
1990 Graduated from Tokyo Universty of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Japanese Painting Course
1992 Graduated from Tokyo Universty of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Master's Course in Japanese Painting
1995 Completed Tokyo Universty of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Doctor's Program in Japanese Painting
2002 Won Spring Soga-kai Exhibition Award at 28th Spring Soga-kai Exhibition
2003 Won Spring Soga-kai Exhibition Award at 29th Spring Soga-kai Exhibition
Won Soga-kai Award at 30th Soga-kai Exhibition
Study as a trainee under the domestic study program for upcoming artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs
2005 Won Soga-kai Award at 32nd Soga-kai Exhibition
2006 Nominated for a member of Soga-kai Award at 33rd Soga-kai Exhibition
2007 Appointed as Assistant Professor at Tokyo Universty of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Japanese Painting Course(2007 - 2009)
2009 Appointed as Associate Professor at Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Japanese Painting(2009 - 2014)
2014 Appointed as Professor at Hiroshima City University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Japanese Painting(2014 - 2016)
Present Associate Professor at Tokyo Universty of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts
Soga-kai Member
1991 Awarded at Spring Soga-kai Exhibition for the first time in Nihombashi Takashimaya, Tokyo (Every year since 1991)
1992 Awarded at Soga-kai Exhibition for the first time in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo (Every year since 1992)
Sankei Japanese Painting Grand Award Exhibition in the Sankei Memorial, Kanagawa
1994 Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
The 3rd Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation Students Exhibition in Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo
Joint Show by 3 Universities of China & Japan, Fukuya, Hiroshima
Presented at Tokyo Universty of the Arts Doctor's Program Research Exhibition in University Art Museum, Tokyo
1995 "Art in the Topical Garden" at Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome, Tokyo
Toride Annex Part-time Lecturer's Exhibition "Power of Earth" in Tokyo Universty of the Arts Toride Annex, Ibaragi (1995, 1997)
Solo Exhibition "L'espoire" in Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
1998 Solo Exhibition at Sato Museum of Art
Tokyo Universty of the Arts Japanese Painting Teacher's Exhibition - From the Art Field -, Tokyo Universty of the Arts Toride Annex, Ibaragi
Sessei-kai Tea Ceremony Group -Hanging Scrolls-, Kawabe Bijutsu, Tokyo
Wakatake-kai, Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
1999 Two Person Show, Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
2000 Kouju-kai, Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo (2000, 2001, 2004)
Solo Exhibition at Masuho Bijutsu, Tokyo(2000, 2006)
2004 The 23rd Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation - Outstanding Rising Artists Award Exhibition - at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Shinjuku The 38th Contemporary Art Selection Exhibition organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs
2006 Solo Exhibition at Moritagarou, Tokyo (2005, 2007, 2009)
Solo Exhibition at Hiroshima City University Art Museum, Hiroshima
2008 Solo Exhibition "Imagery Pictures of Shiga" at Sukiwa Otsu, Shiga
Tokyo Universty of the Arts Japanese Painting Teacher's Exhibition - From the Art Field -, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store, Tokyo
2009 Solo Exhibition "Playing with Seasonal Words - Yomiuri Shimbun Illustration Exhibition" at Nakajima Art, Tokyo
2010 Solo Exhibition "NOSTALGIA - To the Daily Memories -" at Ehime
2011 Solo Exhibition "EBI YO Nihonga Exhibition" at Nihombashi Takashimaya S. C., Tokyo
Solo Exhibition "Round Emotion - Nice Days -" at Ehime
2013 Solo Exhibition "Happy Oceans, Happy Mountains" at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store, Tokyo
2014 Solo Exhibition "Message of Shapes" at Iyotetsu Takashimaya, Ehime
2015 Solo Exhibition "Message of Shapes" at Sogo Kobe
2016 Solo Exhibition "Message of Shapes" at Sogo Yokohama
Solo Exhibition "Waves - Kononami -" at Sogo & Seibu
The 92nd Kanto Takanawa-kai at Tokyo
2018 Solo Exhibition "Waves - Kononami -" at Yonago Tenmaya
Artworks housed at: Tokyo University of the Arts Art Museum, Sato Museum of Art, Hiroshima City University Art Museum
Bungoono General Cultural Center, Furusato Museum of Art

Rounded Emotions

The process of rounded shapes and refined emotions creation.

As though seeking memories in one's memory, Ebi's artwork comes out after washing the pigment coated on top.
Rounded shapes and softened colours seem as though telling us the deepness of the world it contains.

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Actual size rough drafting

1. Prepare an actual size rough draft with charcoal. Here, a plum tree and a bird are drawn on a translucent paper, 6 canvas size.

Base coat painting

2. Painting a base coat. As seen in the photo, the rough draft is traced on the silk canvas with a tracing paper and the colouring take place through the line.

Cover the silk canvas with a thick pigment

3. Cover the painted canvas with a thick ocher or white clay pigment. As the original painting disappered, retrace the draft with a paper.

Washing

4. Start washing. Stroke the canvas lightly with wet brushes to wash out the above covering considering the balances between the parts to be washed and not to be washed.

Washing detailed parts

5. Add water on the canvas and wash out details carefully using hard brushes. Adjust the parts which should be washed using the brush tip and those shouldn't be washed out completely. Whitish parts in the photo are the parts to be left.

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6. Adjust colours after washing. Add colours if more colour is needed or the paint has gone too much during the washing process. Finally, adjust the lightness and darkness with a light black ink.

Finished painting

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