Interview with Chidou Shimizu, 2021.

Professor. Chidou Shimizu is currently holding a solo exhibition at Ginza SIX Art Glory.

We talked to him about this production and his work!


-This is your first solo exhibition in almost two years. Have there been any changes in your works or state of mind?

I am still impressed by the events of the past year.

Because of this situation, I have tried to be more vivid and I have been trying to make my works more vivid and bright.

I think that in the present world, I have to make my own work. I believe that what an artist can do is to bring beauty and comfort to the viewer through the texture and color of a painting, which is different from a photograph.

I was conscious of this feeling when I chose the subtitle “Japanese Landscape of Color and Peace Japanese Landscape”.

-Mr. Shimizu, you actually visit Japanese mountains and nature such as Mt. Akagi and other mountains and nature in Japan, and you use them in your works.

Yes, I am a very active person and I love the outdoors.

I love the outdoors, so I visit the area whenever possible. I walk along forest paths and animal trails looking for new compositions.

There I sketch and photograph material that will help me in my work and then go to my studio I then sketch, photograph, and contemplate the material that will help me in the creation process.

As the natural landscape changes with the seasons and time, it is a constant reference. It is a constant source of reference.

Although I work in the genre of Japanese-style painting, I am conscious of colors and compositions that suit Western-style rooms.

By making full use of Japanese painting materials and expressing unique matiere The three-dimensional and massive feeling is created.
Asama-senzan Mori-Autumn”10p

Asama, which can often be seen when walking along the mountain paths near the atelier.

It is a symbol of Karuizawa and I always feel its purity. I always feel the purity of Karuizawa. This year we produced a lot of coverage around Mt. Asama.


Work up (Matiere)

-Why the unique matiere? Why did you become so obsessed with the unique matiere?

I wanted to incorporate the interest of texture into Japanese painting.

The interest you felt when you saw sand paintings and oil paintings was also influenced by the material three-dimensionality. I think that the sense of three-dimensionality of the material also has an influence on it. I think that the material three-dimensionality may also have an influence.

I also think that Japanese painting is one of the traditional cultures of Japan as well as the fact that there are as many as 1,700 different types of colors in the color palette.

The fineness of the grains are sorted by their number.

In general, the number 5 to 13 and white are used. The larger the number, the finer the particles.

If the composition is the same, the coarser the particles, the darker and brighter the color. The coarser the particles, the darker and brighter the color, while the finer the particles, the more diffuse the reflection on the surface and the whiter and brighter the color.

In my case, I mix coarse and fine particles I create this kind of matiere by mixing coarse and fine particles.

Sometimes I hear people say that it doesn’t look like Japanese painting at first glance. I hope you will find it interesting.



-How did you become aware of works that fit into Western rooms? How did you come to be conscious of works that fit in a Western-style room?

The world is becoming more and more Japanese and Western every day.

As a result, the number of Western-style rooms is increasing in terms of interior design, and I believe that people’s consciousness is unconsciously becoming Westernized. I believe that people’s consciousness is also unconsciously westernized.

By making classical Japanese beauty into artwork that fits the times, I hope to make the genre of Japanese painting more familiar. I hope that by making the classical Japanese beauty into an artwork that fits the times, people will become familiar with the genre of Japanese-style painting.

-Which of the works in this exhibition would you most What is the work you would like us to see the most?

It will be “Dawn-going Fuji.“

It was the beginning of my search for the auspiciousness of the rising sun and Fuji, and the interview. Fuji is the beginning.

I wanted to express the tenderness of the morning glow that is different from the dramatic red Fuji. I wanted to express the gentle atmosphere of the morning glow, which is different from the dramatic red Fuji.

This composition is from the Lake Shojin side. You can feel the strength of the mountains in this direction.

This is one of my favorite points.

Fuji at dawn.10P

-What new challenges do you want to take on in the future? What are your new challenges in the future?

When I get settled, I would like to go abroad to do research and I would like to create a new composition.

– What would you like to say to everyone who comes to see you at Earl Grolleau?

Thank you for coming to see us under the current circumstances. Thank you very much for coming.

I hope my work will brighten the hearts of those who see it and fill them with a sense of happiness. I would be happy if my works could make the viewers’ hearts bright and happy even a little.

Thank you, Professor Shimizu!

The solo exhibition was 2This event will be held from Thursday, March 4 to Wednesday, February 10.

Please take this opportunity to have a look.

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Interview with Chidou Shimizu 2019 : Gallery Seek Official Blog(

Chidou Shimizu Japanese Painting Exhibition – Japanese Landscape of Color and Tranquility
Thursday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 10
Writers:Shimizu Chidou
Date of the artist’s visit: Thursday, February 4, 13:00-17:00

Shimizu Chimichi is a Japanese painter who depicts the climate of his native Japan. His teacher is his father, also Kiyoshi Shimizu. He has been familiar with Japanese painting materials since his childhood and has closely observed his father’s production. While studying painting in earnest at university, he spent about eight years training as his father’s assistant, and although he is a young artist, his sensibility has the air of a great house painter. Fuji, Mt. Asama, and Mt. Iwate, etc., and the works drawn in the style of actually going to the field and climbing mountains are not only of high quality, but also friendly. The subtitle of this solo exhibition is “Japanese Landscape of Colors and Peace”, which expresses the artist’s thoughts about what she can do to help the world today. Through the textures and colors of his paintings, which are different from those of photographs, he delivers beauty and peacefulness to the viewers. Please come and see his works, which he depicts as a “travelogue” of the places he has visited.


Chido Shimizu

Chido Shimizu

Drawing is the best way for me to express myself. I see the climate of my native country, Japan, where I was born and raised, with my own eyes and draw it as a travelogue. Currently, I have a main theme like “Travels in Japan”, and I am working on the title “Going to Tohoku” as the beginning of the theme.   Tomomichi Shimizu HP