Material: Canvas, China Ink, Dye, Animal Glue, Pigment, Acrylic Paint, Copper, Gold
fl. 9th Century
Japanese name: Kanzan
Name literally means Cold Mountain
He was a legendary figure associated with a collection of poems from the Tang Dynasty in the Taoist and Chan tradition. No one knows who he was, or when he lied and died. In the Buddhist tradition, Hanshan and his sidekick Shide are honored as emanations of the bodhisattvas Manjusri and Samantabhadra, respectively. In Japanese and Chinese paintings, Hanshan is often depicted together with Shide and Fenggan, Little is known of his work, since he was a recluse living in a remote region and his poems were written on rocks in the mountains he called home. Of the 600 poems he is thought to have written at some point before his death, 313 were collected and have survived.
Born in Fukuoka prefecture in 1986, Yuki Ideguchi received both a BFA (2007) and MFA (2013) in Japanese Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. In his work, he blends traditional Japanese techniques with contemporary imagery and themes. Take, for example, his use of silver leaf. Rather than prepare the canvas with the expected blue undercoat, he paints the canvas a deep red, trading the coolness of traditional silver leaf for a palpable warmth.
Ideguchi has exhibited his Japanese art paintings throughout Japan since 2008. In 2011, he participated in The Asian Students and Young Artists Art Fair, held in Seoul, and was featured in the Asahi Shimbun’s Exhibition of Next Art. The following year, he received the Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program scholarship. By 2014, Ideguchi became active in the international art scene, presenting his works in numerous international exhibitions, including the Exhibition of Selected Japanese Artists held in Paris. That same year, Ideguchi moved to New York and became an active member of the city’s artistic vanguard.