Artist Donation: Countenance

Countenance is an example of Nihonga, a traditional Medieval Japanese painting technique. Pigments are created by grinding minerals, shells, corals and even semiprecious stones. These organic pigments are washed onto handmade papers. The crystalline paint reflects and refracts light, dynamically changing the color and texture of the work.

New York-based Nihonga arist Makoto Fujimura donates several digital images in this project.

Studio Images


Gold Brush


Gold Brush

Past Showings

July 2 - August 2 - Dillon Gallery - New York City, NY

Countenance Three was on display at Dillon Gallery. Dillon Gallery is located at 555 West 25th Street in New York City.

To our knowledge, Countenance Three is the first work to be displayed in a Chelsea gallery while also being available for free download via a creative commons license.


Created by

Makoto Fujimura

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.