The art of Japanese paintings
The work of the Japanese artist Mari Ito can be defined as an explosion of life that makes us feel in a permanent spring state. However, her work goes beyond aesthetics and harbors a deeper meaning. Mari's work is characterized by its interest in showing the subconscious and is based on what the artist calls "the origin of desire". At the beginning of her career, Mari became interested in the theory of the subconscious by Sigmund Freud. Later, the artist explored this theory in a pictorial key and focused on what she calls "the origin of desire". Although the materials and techniques she uses vary, this link with the subconscious remains in her oeuvre.
Her interest in flowers in her paintings actually comes from a well-known Japanese saying. In Japan when someone "has a flower" it means that he or she has charm. In this sense, a person can “have a flower” or not have it. For Mari, her floral compositions represent specific moods and feelings. According to the artist, "there are many types of people and many types of flowers: delicate, strong, with thorns etc. This is what I want to convey with my work". For this reason, not all her works harbor a positive meaning, since Mari does not reject any feeling when she is painting.
The artist also tells us that, in Japan, expressing emotions is uncommon, even frowned upon. This search for feelings, from the most positive ones to the most obscure, has led her to investigate the depths of the human being in order to express emotions through figurative painting. Undoubtedly, a true artistic challenge.
Today Mari's work focuses on symmetry and balance. She seems to explore an aesthetic equilibrium based on the symmetrical repetition of figures without abandoning the floral style and her interest in the subconscious that characterizes her work.
We also had the opportunity to see her studio in Barcelona. She lives and works in a collective space with five workshops where seven artists work. Mari discovered this space over nine years ago and it has become her sanctuary and her home since then. Upon entering, her studio transmits peace and passion for art. Its decoration and organization shows how the artist works and lives. Mari showed us her long desk, where she spends most of her time. She also displayed the wide selection of Japanese pigments she uses to create her works. Most of the pigments come from Japan because, according to Mari, in Europe it is difficult to find the exact shades of color she needs.
Mari works with patience and precision. To see her paintings is to see a piece of her colorful imagination where new forms of expression can always be found.
We are pleased to present an exclusive collaboration with the Japanese artist Mari Ito. A curated selection of exclusive Japanese paintings and watercolors are now available at Artig Gallery.
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