Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

images5.jpegDick Staub interviews Makoto Fujimura a painter who was appointed to the National Council on the Arts, a six year Presidential appointment, in 2003. A resident of Tribeca in NYC, he is the founder of the International Arts Movement and has become a voice of cultural authority on faith, humanity, and creativity issues. His story is told in a remarkable new book River Grace, an intimate, autobiographical look at Makoto Fujimura's early years as an artist in Japan. In a refreshingly transparent account, Mako recalls discovering Nihonga, the ancient style of painting that would become his trademark, and being awakened to a longing for "higher transcendence through the extravagant materials" Nihonga employs. Yet it was not until reluctantly accompanying his new bride to church that he found the Object and Source of his longing, and this faith has become the cornerstone of his art, marriage and, indeed, entire life.