Hiroomi Ito Solo show: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
JanKossen Contemporary is proud to present Hiroomi Ito’s premiere solo show in the United States.
In his series “Unlimited desire”, Ito celebrates how God provides for us. His images of food on the table are inspired by European 15th century still life paintings of the natural world. Ito depicts dishes typically found in Asia, as symbols of both devotional and secular images.
Although the work uses a traditional style of painting, the subject matter and content is distinctly contemporary. The gold represents the wealth of the owner, or “master of the home”. The steam generated by the cooking fire, represents the passion life, and the ability to have the strength to deliver “food on the table” – to provide well for the home.The choice of seafood symbolically demonstrates how the “master” has taste and is well educated, with the ability to choose well for the family.