- The Art of Japanese Ink Painting -

A recent student exhibition at the Brisbane Institute of Art

A Little Bit About Me

I have been living in Brisbane, Australia for the past 40 years. I am a member of the International Sumi-E Association based in Japan and I have been studying Sumi-E for over 18 years. I am also a master practitioner of Shodo  (Japanese Caligraphy) with in excess of 20 years experience.

Apart from teaching these ancient artforms in both a class and private environments, I also undertake private commisions from clients seeking a unique piece of artwork to compliment thier home or office decore. For anyone wishing to attend my classes please go to my "Tuition & Classes" page for more information. If you desire a special custom peice, I invite you to get in touch via my "Contact" page or message me on and I'd be delighted to work with you in creating your own unique artwork. Oh....and please don't forget to regularly check my "Artwork For Sale" section for my latest works.


Yumiko (Kinyu) Kigoshi - Artist

Yumiko Kigoshi was born in Gujo Hatchiman, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. As well as completing formal schooling, Yumiko studied art from the age of ten and later attended university where she gained a degree in home economics before leaving Japan at the age of twenty-one.

Yumiko has been an Australian resident for the past forty-five years, in addition to her studies in both Siubokuga (Sumi-E or Japanese Ink Art) and Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) she found time to raise a family and run two successful Japanese restaurants in Brisbane.

Yumiko is a Master of Sumi-E which she has been practicing for eighteen years, she is also an 8th Dan in Japanese Calligraphy with more than twenty years’ experience.

Yumiko’s work has been displayed at the following:

2005 - Melbourne art gallery, National Museum - Estonia, Royal Museum - Lithuania, National Museum - Slovakia.

2006 - Art Gallery - Poland, National Art Gallery - Ireland.

2007 - Art Gallery - Poland.

2009 - National Gallery - China.

2011 - Encre et papier:diversites a siatigues - Paris.

2013 - National Museum - Estonia.

2015 - Mt Tambourine- Brisbane

2016 - Percolator Gallery - Brisbane

2017 - Visual Arts Centre - Singapore

2018 - Hilton Hotel - Tokyo

2019 - Gallery of Modern Art - Tokyo 


2010 - Geijyutsu Shinbunsya prize

2011 - International Sumi-E Association - Asahi Shinbun prize

2015 - Fuji Sankei Business prize

2016 - Dai Nippon Syogeiin Syorei prize

2019 - Chanomi (3rd prize for calligraphy) and International Sumi-E Association Komon prize.


Sumi-E - Kinsui Katori

Oil Painting - Kinji Sato

Calligraphy - Syuho Kojima

Sculpture - Masao Mizuno

Yumiko conducts classes in Sumi-E and calligraphy in Japan and from her home in Brisbane as well as doing private commission works.

Yumiko (Kinyu) Kigoshi