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Yorisou (Cuddle Up), 2014; black and gold ink on paper; h. 16 x w. 17 1/2 inches (40.6 x 44.5 cm)

 

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Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets), detail, 2012; ink on card; h. 22 x w. 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm) each (set of two)

 

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Oborozukiyo (Spring Night with a Hazy Moon), detail, 2014; gold ink on indigo paper; h. 11 x 20 inches (28 x 50.8 cm)

 

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Izumi Shikibu Waka (Poems by Izumi Shikibu), 2014; black ink on somegami paper; h. 14 x 45 inches (35.6 x 114.3 cm)

 

Inkyo Masako

Inkyo Masako began practicing shodo or Japanese calligraphy from the age of three. She studied at Yasuda Women’s College with the master Inoue Masao, chairman of the prestigious Japan Calligraphy Education Association. The only institution with an exclusive shodo program in Japan, their focus is not only on Chinese characters but also on Japanese hiragana writing.
Inkyo strives to go beyond the demands of the rigid structures of orthodox calligraphy and to bridge the traditional with contemporary creative forms. She is inspired by nature albeit not by objects and images but by feelings and ambiance such as the peacefulness and harmony within nature. In her works these themes often serve as the basis, if not the backdrop to a scene; Inkyo creates her own harmonious world on paper with the gradations, spatial relationships, and rhythm of characters, choosing between the five calligraphic scripts in expressing aspects of nature.
The artist is a member of the three largest shodo professional associations in Japan. In all three, Inkyo holds the highest rank based on her submitted works. She has received numerous awards, including first prizes in national competitions sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education. In 2010 Inkyo was selected to be the official artist for Nissan Infiniti and she has been a shodo instructor at the Japan Society in New York for over ten years.


Inkyo Masako Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2009
Gallery Korea, New York
2008
Queens Library, Flushing
2008
Shinjoito Center, New York
2007
New York Art Exchange, New York
2007
Sujiden Gallery, New York
2006
Onishi Gallery, New York
2006
Kotonah Art Center & Anderson Chase Gallery, New York
2006
Onishi Gallery, New York
2005
Onishi Gallery, New York
2005
Sumi New York Gallery, New York
2004
FLUSSON Gallery, New York