Makiko Nakamura

Recent Paintings

3 - 25 April 2009

Japanese-born Makiko Nakamura will hold her fifth solo exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery in April 2009. An abstract painter with an international reputation, Makiko enjoyed a sell-out solo show at the gallery in 2007. In 2006, she held an outstanding exhibition comprising five large scale works at Farmleigh House, Dublin, in homage to Samuel Beckett in the centenary year of his birth. A special interest in the writings of Beckett drew her to explore his country of origin and Makiko moved to Dublin in 1999 where she still resides and works to this day.

Since her arrival in Ireland Makiko Nakamura has distinguished herself as an artist of immense skill and intensity. Her finely worked abstract paintings are based on the meditative repetition and erasure of grid like structures and are distinguished by a highly burnished, reflective surface. She states “in my paintings I repeat the act of painting and erasing. Always thinking about the relationship between something being erased and the idea or the actual experience of disappearing. In the experience of disappearing something is always lost. Perhaps the idea of being and non-being is not far apart in my work.”

Makiko Nakamura is essentially a pioneering, passionate abstract painter with a unique, highly-refined technique who devotes her entire life to making innovative art – art that is beautiful, subtle and sustaining. Her paintings are highly original and distinctive in appearance, and have a still, meditative quality which provides a welcome respite to the hectic world outside.

The paintings from Makiko’s show in April 09 are founded on the theme of love. In her words…”It’s the love stories those you might have forgotten but the memories are still flickering around you. Happiness, warmth and quiet passion. All paintings are talking about love”. Chocolate Afternoon and First Love Again are two such works to be included in this show and in keeping with this theme, their rich red tones exude warmth, passion and fire.
Makiko has also had several one-person exhibitions in Ireland in the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast; Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin and Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. She has also had a number of solo exhibitions in London, France, Japan and the US and has contributed to numerous group exhibitions internationally. Examples of her work are to be found in the following public collections: Office of Public Works, Ireland; AXA Insurance, Dublin; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Boyle Civic Collection; Ireland; American College, Pennsylvania, USA; Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris; Centre Culturel Lutherien de Paris and Takenaka Construction Company; Japan. Her work is also to be found in private collections in Ireland, UK, USA, France and Japan.

The Private View will take place on Thursday 2nd April 2009 from 5.30 to 7.30pm and will be formally opened by Ron Bolger H.R.H.A. It will continue until Saturday 25th April 2009.

Artist Statement

where the unexpected happiness comes from
ocean eyes, stone eyes
a dark sea, a call from the dark beach
I hear deep voice, I hear deep waves
melody floats on 53 street, a boy takes piano lesson
I wait for footsteps
birds may fly in painting, birds may fly away from painting
before a sweet rain, I sleep with a temperature
moon colours skin pale, moon sears skin deep
an accustomed tone, an accustomed taste
time heals sorrow
time may not heal a sorrow
maroon loses love of black, the red concert doesn’t start yet
before a sweet rain, I colour the sorrow warm
leaving in winter, in the early morning
from place to place, each of time does not connect
I lap a time over another
different colours, different temperatures
we are unable to do our colour change
there may be endless painting
there may not be endless love
before a sweet rain, I begin telling story
cotton tongue, fairy tongue
arriving in summer, in the early evening
mysterious colours, mysterious temperatures
colours dance around me, temperatures call light and love
before a sweet rain,
I may change my colour
I am most grateful to you for your support for my work this past ten years.

Makiko Nakamura April 2009