Mamoru Nimura | Unknown Treasures: Abstract Interpretations of Forms Around Us
Thursday, June 9 through Wednesday, June 22
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
The Nippon Gallery – 145 W. 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), 7th Floor
Mamoru Nimora is an 88-year-old, self-taught emerging artist. This one-person show will reveal his work to the public for the first time.
To many, an 88-year-old emerging artist might seem surprising; how could one just now, at this age, start painting? What appears to be an interest in painting at a late age is a manifestation of a decades-long pursuit. With no time in his younger life to pursue painting, he was obliged to set aside his passion but not his excitement to learn.
In 1965, Nimura emigrated from Kyushu, Japan, to the United States at the age of 31. Nimura’s artistic development owes little to formal lessons, instead of to influences he found in his new home in New York City. Its museums were his lessons. While awed by the paintings of Dutch and Spanish Baroque masters, especially Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, and Diego Velázquez housed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, he was drawn to the works of contemporary painters found in The Museum of Modern Art. He gained inspiration from Arshile Gorky, Milton Avery, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.
The Gift of Central Park
Most important, though, New York gave him the gift of Central Park. Its diverse natural beauty and the energy of its people are the inspiration to which he dedicates his painting. Inspired by his many hours of observation, sitting, strolling, experiencing the beauty, and smelling the aroma of the new blooms year after year, he depicts these subjects in his paintings. He even began titling his paintings after these experiences he had in Central Park.
He has rejected any commitment to transcribing nature, responding instead to formalist imperatives, including flat, decorative surfaces; subtle tonal harmonies; and allusive, rather than literal, subjects. Derived from nature, but with no attempt to portray actual plants or animals as we know them, he offers surrealistic abstract interpretations of forms all around us.
The Study of Color
Color is a powerful influence for Nimura in his artistic pursuit. Understanding the relationship between colors and how we perceive them on canvas has been the exploration he has taken over these years. Immersing himself in the study of color, testing its vibrations and intonations, searching for the components to make the perfect warm black, a recurring element in many of his paintings, until he arrived upon his quiet, calming, harmonious palette. Through the evolution of his work, he has crafted a distinctive style from diverse sources, creating the surrealistic abstract images that are part of this exhibition.
Hundreds of Paintings
Working in acrylics on canvas, often with a gesso and sand ground, he is a prolific painter, generating hundreds of canvasses over the years, some of which make up the various series of paintings within this exhibition. At this stage of his life and creative journey, Nimura is genuinely grateful for his work to be viewed and appreciated for the light-hearted optimism they exude.
About The Nippon Club
Founded in 1905 by the renowned chemist Dr. Jokichi Takamine, The Nippon Club strives to tighten the unity of the Japanese community and strengthen the relationship between the United States and Japan. For 117 years, The Nippon Club has fostered exchange between these two nations by hosting an eclectic range of events. These include art exhibitions, sports tournaments, business workshops, and instruction in contemporary culture and traditional Japanese arts. The Nippon Club takes pride in its role as one of New York’s oldest cultural institutions. For more information, please visit The Nippon Club’s website.
Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.