Left: David Hockney Untitled No. 12 from The Yosemite Suite | Right: Heihachiro Fukuda Blue flags

Courtesy of Nishimura Gallery
Photo by Jun Koike
Photo by Jun Koike
Photo by Jun Koike
Photo by Jun Koike
Photo by Jun Koike

Past Exhibition

An Encounter of Two Colorists

David Hockney|Heihachiro Fukuda

Febuary 16, 2019 - March 30, 2019

THE CLUB is pleased to present David Hockney | Heihachiro Fukuda, the exhibition exploring the affinities between the most celebrated Colorist painters of this century.

David Hockney made his first trip to Japan in 1971 and visited “Kyoto Nihonga No Seika [The Essence of Japanese-Style Painting in Kyoto]” exhibition at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, where he came across the work of Heihachiro Fukuda. This exhibition included Fukuda's “Sazanami [Ripples]” and “Shinsetsu [Fresh Snow]” whose colors and compositions deeply amazed Hockney. He is said to have even proposed Fukuda's solo exhibition at Tate Gallery in London. Furthermore, influence from Fukuda’s works as well as Japanese art could be recognized in several works Hockney made after his visit to Japan, such as “Snow” or “Rain” from his “Weather Series”.

The playful shining ripples of the water’s surface. Vivid colors of nature change their expressions in the sunlight. The rhythms and colors of nature are the most notable elements of the two colorists’ oeuvre.

Both Hockney and Fukuda have painted the reality of nature with such bold color field composition which transforms their figurative paintings to look almost like abstract paintings. Rather than depicting what is actually there, its focus is on color which is a form interchangeable with appearance. This shift of consciousness from object to color may change our worldview.

The exhibition highlights the dialogue between Eastern and Western aesthetics by juxtaposing Hockney’s iPad drawings “The Yosemite Suite” series made on his iPad with the six masterpieces by Fukuda, including “Blue flags”.


David Hockney (1937-) English artist. Born in 1937, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He studied at the Bradford College of Art then graduated from the Royal College of Art, receiving a gold medal in 1962. He has lived and worked on and off in California since 1964. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Hockney to the Order of Merit. On 15 November 2018, Hockney's “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” sold at Christie's auction house in New York City for $90 million, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. His works are in museum collections such as The British Museum, The Museum of Modern Art New York, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Heihchiro Fukuda (1892-1974) Japanese style painter. Born in 1892, Oita prefecture, Japan. After having studied at the Kyoto City School of Arts, he went to Kyoto College of Fine Arts and graduated in 1918. His works were included in Teiten (Imperial Fine Arts Academy Exhibition) several times, and “Koi” (Carps) received a special commendation in 1921. Fukuda himself later served as a judge. He also served as an executive director and advisor in the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) after the war. He is an awardee of the Order of Culture in 1961. Fukuda died in 1974 at the age of 82. His works are in museum collections such as Oita Art Museum, Osaka City Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Yamatane Museum of Art.

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