About Ikuo Hirayama

About Ikuo Hirayama

Career

Contact with profound tradition of religious art in Europe

Imitated a wall paintings of Francesco d’Assisi (1973)

Ikuo Hirayama studied abroad in Europe for six months from 1962 under the first UNESCO fellowship.
The subject of his study was “Comparison of Eastern and Western Religious Art” and he made a tour of five countries: Italy, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. He visited churches almost every day in each country and made sketches of street views.
His contact with the tradition of religious art in Europe crystallized within him the idea that the future of Japanese-style paintings should be based on eastern traditions of India, the Silk Road and China, including Buddhism, just as western art is based on the Christian tradition.

Participated in the first academic study group to the remains of the medieval Orient of the Tokyo University of the Arts (1966)

Imitated a wall paintings of Francesco d’Assisi (1973)

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