Sempu Nakajima
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Sempu Nakajima

As a Japanese calligraphy artist, my aim is to communicate emotions through words. I believe as humans, we are all connected by words and words have the power to bring us together. I try to express a deep appreciation for nature and the beauty of traditional Japanese craftsmanship through my work. I work together with local Japanese craftspeople who hand-craft all of the brushes, ink stones, washi, and other materials used in my pieces. With each work I create, I clear my mind and fill my heart with the visions of words or poems that have inspired me experimenting with varying techniques and mediums to achieve the desired mood.



Sempu Nakajima - 春 Spring Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 春 Spring, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300


春 Spring, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300
Sempu Nakajima - 夏 Summer Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 夏 Summer, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300


夏 Summer, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300
Sempu Nakajima - 秋 Autumn Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 秋 Autumn, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300


秋 Autumn, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Black and blue ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300
Sempu Nakajima - 冬 Winter Handmade Senshi paper, Original paper brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 冬 Winter, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Original paper brush, Oil smoke ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300


冬 Winter, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Original paper brush, Oil smoke ink
33.5" x 33.5"
$7300
Sempu Nakajima - 花 Flower Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 花 Flower, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


花 Flower, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 鳥 Bird Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 鳥 Bird, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


鳥 Bird, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 風 Wind Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 風 Wind, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


風 Wind, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 月 Moon Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 月 Moon, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


月 Moon, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 穏やか Calm Heart Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 穏やか Calm Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


穏やか Calm Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 迷いの心 Conflicted Heart Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 迷いの心 Conflicted Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


迷いの心 Conflicted Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 怒りの心 Angry Heart Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 怒りの心 Angry Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


怒りの心 Angry Heart, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - 楽しい心 Joyful Heat Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink, Mixed Media View on a wall 楽しい心 Joyful Heat, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400


楽しい心 Joyful Heat, 2020
Handmade Senshi paper, Sheep and weasel hair brush, Oil smoke ink
16" x 16"
$3400
Sempu Nakajima - Fuyu (Winter) Thin Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Fuyu (Winter), 2016
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
15" x 19"
$8800


Fuyu (Winter), 2016
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
15" x 19"
$8800
Sempu Nakajima - Hi (pronouced Hee, Sun) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Hi (pronouced Hee, Sun), 2019
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
10.5" x 14"
$8600


Hi (pronouced Hee, Sun), 2019
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
10.5" x 14"
$8600
Sempu Nakajima - Kansha (Gratitude) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Kansha (Gratitude), 2016
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
16" x 23.5"
$8950


Kansha (Gratitude), 2016
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
16" x 23.5"
$8950
Sempu Nakajima - Kibo (Hope) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Kibo (Hope), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
14" x 10.5"
$8600


Kibo (Hope), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
14" x 10.5"
$8600
Sempu Nakajima - Tsuki (Moon) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Tsuki (Moon), 2019
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
14" x 10.5"
$8600


Tsuki (Moon), 2019
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
14" x 10.5"
$8600
Sempu Nakajima - Asaiseifu (Down this load, Savor the Pure Breeze) - Zen Buddhist phrase Thin Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Asaiseifu (Down this load, Savor the Pure Breeze) - Zen Buddhist phrase, 2019
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400


Asaiseifu (Down this load, Savor the Pure Breeze) - Zen Buddhist phrase, 2019
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400
Sempu Nakajima - Enkakuji Temple "Ryuinan" ((*Building of prayer and rest located on the grounds of Enkakuji temple built in 1419) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Enkakuji Temple "Ryuinan" ((*Building of prayer and rest located on the grounds of Enkakuji temple built in 1419), 2018
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400


Enkakuji Temple "Ryuinan" ((*Building of prayer and rest located on the grounds of Enkakuji temple built in 1419), 2018
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400
Sempu Nakajima - Hana Ichirin ni Kainarasarete (The Beauty of a Single Flower) Blue Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Hana Ichirin ni Kainarasarete (The Beauty of a Single Flower), 2016
Blue Ink on Japanese Paper
69" x 21"
$10200


Hana Ichirin ni Kainarasarete (The Beauty of a Single Flower), 2016
Blue Ink on Japanese Paper
69" x 21"
$10200
Sempu Nakajima - Hyakunin Isshu (One-Hundred Poems for 100 People) Thin Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Hyakunin Isshu (One-Hundred Poems for 100 People), 2016
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
122" x 39.5"
$12000


Hyakunin Isshu (One-Hundred Poems for 100 People), 2016
Thin Ink on Japanese Paper
122" x 39.5"
$12000
Sempu Nakajima - Ko Un Ryu Sui (Go Cloud, Flow Water - Meaning: Let nature be your guide / Let it be) Ink & Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ko Un Ryu Sui (Go Cloud, Flow Water - Meaning: Let nature be your guide / Let it be), 2019
Ink & Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400


Ko Un Ryu Sui (Go Cloud, Flow Water - Meaning: Let nature be your guide / Let it be), 2019
Ink & Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400
Sempu Nakajima - Mu Ichi Butsu (Nothingness) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Mu Ichi Butsu (Nothingness), 2018
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
21" x 46"
$9650


Mu Ichi Butsu (Nothingness), 2018
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
21" x 46"
$9650
Sempu Nakajima - Mu Ni Mu San (One and only) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Mu Ni Mu San (One and only), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400


Mu Ni Mu San (One and only), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
77.5" x 20.5"
$10400
Sempu Nakajima - Shunjukai (Calm Spring Spreading Like the Ocean) Light Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Shunjukai (Calm Spring Spreading Like the Ocean), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800


Shunjukai (Calm Spring Spreading Like the Ocean), 2020
Light Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800
Sempu Nakajima - Tengan (Clairvoyant or Second Sight) Dark Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Tengan (Clairvoyant or Second Sight), 2019
Dark Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800


Tengan (Clairvoyant or Second Sight), 2019
Dark Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800
Sempu Nakajima - Tsuki Hanabi (Moon Firework) Light Ink with Blue & Gold Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Tsuki Hanabi (Moon Firework), 2005
Light Ink with Blue & Gold Ink on Japanese Paper
57" x 20"
$9900


Tsuki Hanabi (Moon Firework), 2005
Light Ink with Blue & Gold Ink on Japanese Paper
57" x 20"
$9900
Sempu Nakajima - Unshin Gessei (Cloudless Moon, Pure Heart) Dark Ink on Japanese Paper, Paintings View on a wall Unshin Gessei (Cloudless Moon, Pure Heart), 2019
Dark Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800


Unshin Gessei (Cloudless Moon, Pure Heart), 2019
Dark Ink on Japanese Paper
53.5" x 20.5"
$9800

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