Kenji Makino’s sudden and unexpected passing

Kenji Makino - Tannery of Morocco (2017)
Kenji Makino – Tannery of Morocco (2017)

Many of Artworks Oakville members may have known Kenji Makino who participated in Artworks Juried shows for several years. We have sad news to share – Kenji died suddenly and unexpectedly, in his sleep, on Saturday April 15, 2017.  We will miss him.

Kenji was a young 80 years, with an adventurous mind and spirit, very actively painting and traveling the world.  Kenji was drawing, painting and creating art all his life.

In his own words: he considered his paintings to be an expression of his special experiences and his expanded awareness of personally inspiring landscapes and abstract concepts in math, physics, haiku poems and Zen – painting in his studio in Mississauga, some time after the first immediate impressions, he created a separate reality, influenced by the effects of memory and his later poetic interpretation.

Kenji studied Japanese printmaking in 1970-71 at Gaston Petit’s studio in Tokyo, then back in Canada painted in oils for many years and had a show in Japan in 2009.  Then  at Haliburton School of the Arts, Neilson Park Creative Centre, and other workshops, adopted acrylic paints as his favourite medium.  These paintings ranged from non-objective to semi abstract – in an expressionist style. He particularly admired artist Nicolas de Stael.  Kenji’s work has been exhibited in many juried art shows in the GTA since 2011.