One of my favorite artists is Makoto Fujimura. On top of being an accomplished international artist he is also a writer, speaker, and this is rare for Christian artists today, a cultural shaper. He trained in Tokyo and became a National Scholar in Nihonga (Japanese-style painting). Take a look.
His paintings are so serene, yet full of expression and beauty. If I could ever afford his art I would buy the painting on top, Olana, and I would stare at it for hours. He used real gold for some of his paintings. You can find all of his work here.
I think I’m going to encourage my kids to paint today.
Paintings featured from top to bottom:
Olana, Mathew Six
Charis-Kairos, The Tears of Christ
John, In the Beginning