JIMMY WILSON GALLERY
Paintings and Drawings of Sacred Japanese Architecture
February 1,2017 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception: February 4, 2017 / 6-9pm
Ken Moylan’s paintings and drawings feature some of the many sacred and celebrated places
in Japan that he has visited since marrying into the Japanese culture about twenty five years
ago. These works are part of a larger series of oil paintings of Japan, created from his own
photographs and memories. The paintings’ picture frames are custom designed and built by
Moylan to harmoniously reflect the Japanese architecture of his paintings.
The gated entrances to Japanese temples and shrines are referred to in Japanese as “kekkai”, a
supernatural barrier that one symbolically passes through from the earthly to the spiritual world.
These paintings too are kekkai, transporting the viewer from this world to the timeless world of
old Japan. Among the subjects portrayed in this collection are two sacred buildings from the
temple, Horyu-ji. the Pagoda of Horyu-ji is the oldest extant wood building in the world. Built
nearly 1400 years ago. Also included are two versions of a sacred building the Grand Shrine of
Ise. For over 1300 years, the sacred buildings of the Ise Grand Shrine have been ritualistically
destroyed and rebuilt every twenty years. As a living example of the Shinto belief of the death
and renewal of nature and the impermanence of all things. In contrast to the amazing longevity
and survival of these ancient buildings, many castles such as “Nagoya-jo” were rebuilt after
having been destroyed during the Second World War.
Ken Moylan is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has been a full time
professional Fine Artist for almost forty years. Moylan’s art has been exhibited extensively across
the United States in galleries and museums. Moylan’s work is included in numerous private,
corporate, public and museum collections across the United States. Some local collections
include the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, General
Mills, the Minneapolis Club, US Bank and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to name
a few. Moylan has been a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship and several Minnesota
State Arts Board Percent for the Arts Grants.
For more information contact the Jimmy Wilson Gallery
4304 Upton Ave. So. Minneapolis 55410