Makoto Fujimura on how to think like an artist to create something new.

Makoto Fujimura

Leadership Gurus tell us we need to think like an artist in order to create new ideas, but what does that actually mean?   Tune in to today’s episode where Andy Murray talks to renowned artist and author Makoto Fujimura about what it means to be an artist and how we can develop our intuition through mastery, better questions, and harmonizing our rational thinking. 


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3 Insights from Mako

1. Mastery of Materials Enables Intuition

Once you have mastery over your craft, it is much easier to spot the unexpected..when the materials don't react as they are supposed to. It is in the unexpected where you can find something new. 

2. There is gold in the fractures.  

All great works of art have come from a time of brokenness or scarcity. It is in the fractures where we can find new opportunities. 

3. Look for the problem behind the problem.  

Learning to think like an artist is first learning to see. Artist challenge what is on the surface to go deeper to find the problem behind the problem and ask the impossible questions. 

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About Your Host

 Andy Murray

 CEO and Founder of bigQUEST

Andy is a highly effective senior leader with a passion for growth, creating cultures that unleash talent, and building capabilities through collaboration across functions. He has held leadership roles across retail (Walmart), CPG (P&G), start-ups (Mercury 11, Saatchi X) and global organizations (Asda U.K.). A creative problem solver, innovator, and marketer, he is known for building high-performing teams and delivering results.

Andy is a lifetime Honorary Board member of the University of Arkansas's Center for Retail Excellence where he helped developed the Center's presence and Innovation conferences. He is also an Early Board Member for the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics college. Andy was inducted into the Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013 for his pioneering work in developing best practices and industry leadership in the emerging field of Shopper Marketing. He currently serves as Chairman of Asda Foundation.

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About Our Guest

 Makoto Fujimura 

 Artist, Painter, Advocate for Culture. 

Makoto Fujimura is a leading contemporary artist whose process driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”. Robert Kushner, in the mid 90’s, written on Fujimura’s art in Art in America this way: “The idea of forging a new kind of art, about hope, healing, redemption, refuge, while maintaining visual sophistication and intellectual integrity is a growing movement, one which finds Makoto Fujimura’s work at the vanguard.”

Fujimura’s art has been featured widely in galleries and museums around the world, and is collected by notable collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Huntington Library as well as Tikotin Museum in Israel. His art is represented by Artrue International in Asia and has been exhibited at various venues including Dillon Gallery, Waterfall Mansion, Morpeth Contemporary,  Sato Museum in Tokyo, Tokyo University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Phoenix, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, Vienna’s Belvedere Museum, Shusaku Endo Museum in Nagasaki and Jundt Museum at Gonzaga University. He is one of the first artists to paint live on stage at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist, Susie Ibarra.


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