New room completed: “Artist Room Queen The Tale of Genji”
As the 27th in the “Artist in Hotel” project, new Artist Room The Tale of Genji is now completed by artist Takushi Mizuno.
[ Message from Artist ]
“The Tale of Genji” decorating this room is a literary work and cultural heritage that Japan is proud of. This long romantic novel was written by a woman named Murasaki Shikibu who lived in the flourishing dynasty of the Heian period of our country, about one thousand years ago. Eventually it became a manuscript, and some picture stories are also a “National Treasure”.
Though the hero was born as a prince, his position was quite unstable, so he tried to overcome his inferiority with his talents.
This story is the tale of romance with beautiful ladies and the fate of a prince, born with a rare, handsome face and was proficient in literature and sports, and blessed with many talents and charm. It is a story spanning four generations with the hero, “Hikaru Genji”, at the center.
Well to express this, I had been reading what was written by many contemporary writers, and finally I got it all together. But when I was asked to paint all of this in detail in this room, I could not imagine the appearance, colors and shapes at that time long ago. So I gazed at the works of famous painters who had taken up this story, and tried sorting them out in my head while referring to explanations and illustrations. As a result, for me, this story was more than a fiction, it was a “myth”.
Whatever kind of harmony is created when one views the five small and large walls in this room, it cannot of course reproduce a full-length picture scroll. When in the Artist Room The Tale of Genji, I hope guests will understand and enjoy the drawings, taking these factors into consideration.
[ Artist’s Profile ]
|1933||Born in Osaka|
|1955||Graduated from Design Dept. of Tama Art University|
|Entered Advertising Dept. of Shiseido Company|
|1980||Head of Mizuno Design Office|
Graphic design, Art direction
Member of ADC
|2000||Yamana Award of the Japan Advertising Awards|
|2009||ADC Hall of Fame|
|2008||“Shiseido Advertising Department Diary”|
|from Planning & Publishing Department , Bungeishunjuu|
From college days I have been diluting Poster Colors with water, and painted them over and over to try and achieve a soft, feminine expression of women. In 1963, using a “Rotring” purchased in Germany during overseas training, started to draw women in the world of black and white with this pen.