TOUCHING THE BREEZE
Erika Endo, local artist in Shepherds Hill, is a painter who creates watercolour paintings by applying combined European colour paints, traditional Japanese paints as well as Japanese sumi ink.
Erika was born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1970 and was raised there until the age of 18. During her early youth there, she was steadily learning Japanese traditional sumi ink calligraphy
and a practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism from a young age with Soka Gakkai - this philosophy informs her art.
After completing high school in Shizuoka, she studied Fine Arts and Art Philosophy in America where she graduated from TUFTS University, Massachusetts, USA, after studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She achieved BFA with emphasis on painting, with the teaching at that time leaning towards abstract expressionism.
Erika concentrated on drawing in a calligraphic Asian style by putting her passion and emotion in her moment-to-moment’s movement of drawing and painting. In 2003 after working for 10 years as an artist coordinator in Tokyo, Japan, again, she returned to study Fine Arts at Camberwell College of Arts in London, as recommended by her friend and inspiration, Sir Brian Wildsmith, who passed away in 2016.
When we look into her art, we understand that her focus is drawing, using both delicate and bold brushstrokes in black & white, and, with colours while applying water. The touch or taste of transparency in her work makes the picture breathe.
This exhibition is dedicated to her most trusted artist friend, the late Sir Brian Wildsmith and her mentor in life, SGI President, Daisaku Ikeda.
In 1999 – Group Show, UNESCO International Art Exhibition at Tokyo-Ueno Museum in
In 2015 – Group Show, The Watchtower Gallery in Northumberland, England.