Makoto Ofune

Makoto Ofune was born in Japan in 1977. In 2000, he graduated from Kyoto University of Education, Department of Fine Art majoring in Japanese stile painting. In 2001, he completed the course of postgraduate research at his alma mater.

By perceiving wind, sounds, floating air and the taste of the surroundings, Ofune manages to create an inner scenery of somewhere distant, a sense of voyeurism and imagination into the blended tonalities of the unknown. Ofune’s works transport viewers back into nature and weave art into the daily rituals of life, as it was intended in traditional Japanese art. The colors used are created from an ancient method of pounding natural metal ore or gemstones – cinnabar, azurite and malachite – into powdered red, blue and green pigment. The artist meticulously adds multiple layers of the pigments to achieve the desired color. These powdered mineral pigments are then applied onto traditional Japanese hemp paper mounted on board. Ofune encourages viewers to get lost in observation of his work, unsure of the proximity of the subject on display and the feeling of staring into a carefully mediated abyss.

Ofune is currently living and working in Shiga, Japan.