Mr. Kikuchi was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and moved to Ottawa in the 1960s. He has been producing various types of works such as sumi-e (Japanese ink brush paintings), nihon-ga (traditional Japanese painting), water colour, and oil paintings ever since. He has created a number of works using motifs of flora and fauna that are bright and shining, along with Japanese and Canadian landscapes. Even though 50 years have passed since he started his artistic career, he actively continues to produce many fine-textured and delicate works as well as paintings that express reverence for life. While he has been working actively as a professional painter, he has also contributed to the promotion of Japanese culture by teaching ikebana to people in Canada.
At the opening ceremony on August 22, Ambassador Ishikane delivered opening remarks, expressing a heartfelt message of congratulations to Mr. Kikuchi who has played an active and important role in facilitating cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and Canada through his artistic activities. The event was attended by many guests including people who are involved in art, local Japanese-Canadians, as well as Mr. Kikuchi’s longtime friends and ikebana enthusiasts who he met through his practice.
On August 26, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado also visited the exhibition to admire his works during her visit to Canada.
|Ambassador Ishikane delivering remarks||Dr. Brian Yamashita, President of the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre leads a toast to the audience|
|Guests toasting Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi||Mr. Mitsugu Kikuchi explaining his work to the Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane|
|Reception||Display of art materials|
|Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi’s works and Ikebana display by Marie-Eve Coupal-Place, President of the Ottawa Chapter of Ohara School of Ikebana||Mr. Mitsugi Kikuchi and Ambassador and Mrs. Ishikane|