Ryohei Koiso

Taken from "The Bible Through Asian Eyes", 1991
Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady



TOP: "Gideon"
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Ryohei Koiso grew up as an active member of the Kobe church and had astrong ambition to be a painter. Although his family opposed this course his grandmother said, "If you are going to be a painter you should make it your life's ministry."

After studying in Europe, Koiso returned to Tokyo and in 1959 became a professor at the Tokyo Art College. His Christian art works provided the illustrations for the revised version of the Bible in colloquial Japanese.

A popular and distinguished artist, he died in 1988 at the age of 85.

His illustrations of Gideon's men at the river shows research and planning which went into all his woks. The painting is produced with a bamboo drawing nib and Chinese ink with a light wash of color.



Links/References:

Masao Takenaka and Ron O' Grady. Gideon. The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. pp.44-45. Print

Image was taken from:
The Bible through Asian Eyes.Pace Publishing. New Zealand. 1991. p.45 Print
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