Japanese illuminator Fumiko Takahori, who devoted herself to the traditional Turkish art of illumination, combined Turkish and Japanese art in her latest work. The artist illustrated the name of the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic letters with a Japanese-style rose pattern.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the artist said she was impressed by the name of the Prophet Muhammad in Arabic. “This is why I painted the name of the Prophet Muhammad and the much-needed rose design facing each other. I actually tried to paint part of Heaven in my artwork.”
According to Fumiko, she was first introduced to Turkish and Islamic motifs by reading an encyclopedia when she was a child. Developing a strong interest in them later in life, the artist studied textile design at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, Japan. After her university studies, she went to Istanbul, where her interest in lighting deepened.
Noting that she followed for two years the workshops of Professor Münevver Üçer, co-director of the lighting department of traditional Turkish arts at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts (MSGÜ), Fumiko said that she taught classes for a year. in a graphic design department. from a higher technical school in the capital Ankara.
The artist also received his MA from MSGÜ with a thesis titled “Illuminated Diwans (a collection of poems by an author in Islamic cultures) produced during the reign of Sultan Bayezid II”.
Following the influence of his stay in Turkey and his experience with Turkish art, Fumiko continued his studies and workshops on illumination and the marbling arts upon his return to Japan. Since 2014, she has continued her studies in illumination and marbling at the Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo and has produced numerous works using various Turkish motifs, including the saz yolu, which features figures of the mythological birds Simurgh and Phoenix, as well as dragons, lions, deer and grasses. patterns. The artist has held numerous exhibitions in Japan and his latest exhibition will open at the Yunus Emre Institute in Tokyo on February 10. It will remain open until March 15.
At the award ceremony of the Asian Contemporary Fine Arts Competition, Fumiko received the Excellence in the Arts award in 2019.