Yugawara Public Art Museum Miyake Kokki

Address 623-1 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Phone 0465-63-7788
Store hours 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(exhibit reception closes at 4:00 PM)
Regular Business Closings:Wednesday
(open if Wednesday is a holiday and closed the following day instead)
* Closed Dec. 28 - 31
* Occasional temporary closings

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Miyake Kokki

1874 - 1954
Miyake Kokki was born in the city of Tokushima but moved to Tokyo at an early age. Around the time that he began studying Western-style painting at Ono Sachihiko's private painting school, he was deeply impressed by a painting of John Varley's, a British watercolor painter who was visiting Japan. Kokki decided that he would focus on watercolor painting from then on. He moved to the U.S. in 1897 to study at the Yale University School of Art. The following year, he had the chance to study authentic watercolor painting in England. After he returned to Japan, he gave a presentation about the pieces he painted during his stay in Europe to the Hakuba Society and became a member of the group. He later displayed some of his works at the 1st Bunten Exhibition, which was held in 1907. After that, his career flourished with various positions, such as becoming an exhibition judge himself.
 In 1926, Kokki took up residence in Manazuru, a town with a view of the Sagami Bay. He repeatedly praised the beauty of the Oriental Riviera in his paintings. After that, he distanced himself from various painting circles. He spent the rest of his life painting realistic landscapes using traditional British watercolor techniques.