Painter, Makoto Ishigami
"Drawn to the space between life and death, between concrete and abstract expression,
Ishigami paints works that entice viewers to experience the place between dream and reality,
and to linger in the possibility of living in them both. Onishi Gallery in NY Press Release, 2016"
I was visiting Japan on bisiness when I was introduced to Mr. Ishigami about 20 years ago. I remember his very tender touches on a canvas has brought me happiness and smile. Years has passed and he is stronger. His impression is just as quoted in the NY Press Release by Onishi Gallery, 2016, but when I see his tender and delicate touches on his canvas, it made me more happy. I am so pleased and pround to show his amaging paintings at my gallery. Yasuno Ito
1953 Born in Shizuoka,Japan
1967 Decided to become a painter after encountering
1969 Studied drawing under sculptor Tozuka Shuzo
1974 Learned fine arts at Ochanomizu art academy,in Tokyo
1989 Vsited Europe for the first time (France, Spain, and
Italy)attended Grand Chaumiere in Paris in order to
sketch human body
1989 Visited Venice for the coverage (13 times)
1999 Visited Greece for the coverage
2001 Visited Plague for the coverage
2005 Vsited France for the coverage
1996 Nagoya Mitsukoshi (29 times)
2001 Shizuoka Isetan
2003 Matsuzakaya, Takatsuki, Osaka (9 times)
2004 Matsuzakaya, Shizuoka (6 times)
Matsuya, Ginza (2 times)
2009 Daimaru, Kobe (4 times)
Art Space Aya, Toyota (7 times)
2010 5/R Hall&Gallery, Nagoya
2012 Hiroshima Mitsukoshi (2 times)
2013 "L'eterno Sublime" Mozart Art Studio, Venice
Mori Art Studio, Osaka (3 times)
Daimaru, Kyoto (2 times)
Fukuoka Mitsukoshi (2 times)
2015 Ueda City Museum of Art
2016 Karuizawa Taliesin, Karuizawa, Nagano
“Moment and Eternity” Onishi Gallery, NY in USA
As a very young girl, I laid eyes on my grandmother's, who loved travelling so much, dolls, bought and gathered at travel destinations all over the world, were displayed in the glass cases at her house . When I was a youg girl, I was full of energy and a tom-boy maybe because I was around only brothers. I was playing outside until it became dark and I was a stranger to dolls at all.
When I entered Junior High School, I got a glass tableware set with pretty strawberries from an aunt who was a rose lover.
My inner girl's part was awaken by prettiness of that glass tableware set with strawberries. My aunt loved dolls and that must be from my grandmother. I thought there was only a doll at my home, which was Rika but I only did not know I was always around of a lot of dolls.
When my early adulthood leached, I met a bisque doll and soon I was making Bisque Dolls. I became bot doll lover and rose lover, which was obviously influences from my grandmother and aunt. I bought a bisque doll that was from United Kingdom, and of course it was a hand made, soon after I began to make dolls. It was quite expensive for me but I absolutely had to have it.
Every time I see this pretty doll, I feel happy and I say to myself, "That was a right dicision!". I hope my dolls become one letting you feel happy as I am feeling and look at many times as I am doing. I hope my dools become your treasure as my 1st bisque doll.
I am making my dolls with all my herat, from the bottom of my heart for you. If my dools made you feel happy and my love of bisque dolls... Then I am happy.