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Exhibition

Between the Lines

  • 2018/09/25-2018/10/20
  • Paris
  • Masaaki Yamada

On the occasion of our Paris gallery’s reopening, Sakurado Fine Arts is delighted to present “Between the Lines”, a solo exhibition of Masaaki Yamada featuring 12 selected paintings from his Work series (1956-95). Influenced by Paul Cézanne’s still lifes in his early years, Yamada gradually established a unique painting style, embracing an internal logic based on form and color in the confinement of his atelier in Japan that led him to pure abstraction in the 1950s.

Yamada’s body of work is divided into three periods. His career began with the series Still-life (1948-55) which depicted vessels and fruits in a style influenced by Paul Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi. Yamada gradually disassembled the forms, resulting in works composed of multiple planes of color and shallower pictorial spaces that led to his second and most influential series: Work (1956-95). He furthered his search for pictorial flatness by covering the entire canvas in a single hue in the third and final series of his oeuvre: Color (1997-2010). The evolution of Yamada’s style, dismantling figurative painting to pure abstraction without being swayed by any other contemporary trends, appears flawless. Each work is a further exploration of the last, giving the impression that Yamada’s entire oeuvre is one single progressive painting that came to completion in 2010 with the artist’s death. Some 5,000 pieces Yamada left in his lifetime, embodying a turning point in the history of Japanese Modern Art, are under reevaluation for their unique position, garnering increasing international interest in recent years.

Walk With Me To The Sea

  • 2018/09/14-2018/10/27
  • Tokyo
  • Susumu Kamijo

Susumu Kamijo, 'Summer Wind', 2018, oil crayon and pastel pencil on paper, 127.0x96.8cm

Sakurado Fine Arts is delighted to present ‘Walk With Me To The Sea’, Brooklyn based artist Susumu Kamijo’s first exhibition in Japan featuring 25 new works from his iconic poodle series. In these drawings, Kamijo decomposes the poodle’s figure into abstract shapes and restructures them into a playful interlocking arrangement of vibrant colors and textures.

Kamijo, whose interest lies in depicting familiar subjects such as animals and human faces through distortion and abstraction, was walking his girlfriend’s poodle one day when he was drawn to its complex formal quality. Kamijo then began searching for pictures of poodles on the Internet and in dog magazines and created a series of colorful drawings based on these images. Consistently executed in portrait format, each dog poses against a landscape composed with a horizon and a sun-like circle. By employing such a simple composition as a frame, Kamijo takes a rather abstract approach to his subjects and reduces them to a field of colors and shapes in a myriad of variations. The use of oil crayon and pastel, when pressed against paper, creates an uneven, dry and matte texture, evoking a painterly touch in the image. Fused with humor and oddness, Kamijo’s work presents a concise interplay of color and form while imaginatively balancing figuration and abstraction.

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