Meet Ko Ushijima

“I learn from classic Japanese art, and explore the possibility as a modern expression” -Ko Ushijima

Born in 1980 in Yokohama, Japan, Ushijima has exhibited extensively across the island of Japan. He graduated from the Kanazawa College of Art in 2003. His work offers a glance into perspective, line, and creativity. He learns from classic Japanese art and continuously explores the concept of possibility to express modernity. He currently creates in Kanazawa, Japan.

When looking at Ushijima’s works, one is reminded of different themes; both uplifting and light themes as well as deeper, solemn ones. In works relating to the former themes, viewers can find beauty in the everyday with color and tests of perspective. In the latter, one can draw connections with the themes behind 17th century Ukiyo-e Japanese prints which focused on the melancholy of life.

For his pieces, he utilizes sumi ink, mineral and shell pigments, silver leaf, brass, pastels, and pencil. His works are done on paper most of which is handmade. He then finishes his pieces by keeping them loose or hand mounting them onto wood paneling using a traditional Japanese technique.