Azusa Pacific U to exhibit modern Scripture illuminated with Nihonga technique for the 400th anniversary of King James Bible

As a part of the 400th anniversary celebration of the King James Bible at Azusa Pacific University at Azusa in Southern California, world-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura’s groundbreaking work, “The Four Holy Gospels” will be on display from Oct 24 – Nov 21 in Duke Art Gallery located on Azusa Pacific University’s West Campus at 701 East Foothill Blvd. in Azusa.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11 am – 7 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Fujimura’s “The Four Holy Gospels” comprises a series of five paintings and 89 illuminated initials (one for each chapter of the Gospels). Fujimura developed a layering technique to achieve the depth of color in his work.

Fujimura uses Japanese materials and pigments ground from precious minerals, as well as touches of gold. Through this work with Nihonga technique, Fujimura allows individuals to see the Scripture come to life in the form of abstract art.

Fujimura is the guest of honor at a reception and presentation to the art community of Southern California on Thursday, Nov 10 at 6 pm in the Duke Lobby at Azusa Pacific University. A Meet the Artist event takes place Friday, Nov 11 at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome.

After the exhibit at Azusa Pacific University, “The Four Holy Gospels” will travel to Japan for the Tokyo exhibit at Nihonbashi Takashimaya Department Store from Dec 21 – Dec 27.

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