“This series is an extension of an idea I have been experimenting with for a while – it is a concept of the ‘psychological portrait and metaphysical landscape’.
With the portrait, it is a portrait, but not so much about the surface or outlook of the people. They are, instead, portraits of common human feelings, emotions, and conditions.
Also, with the landscape, as Haruki Murakami says, everything and anything is Metaphor.
If you wish to read the meaning from what you see in front of you, there many messages from nature and humanity, and even messages from inside of you.
I have used animals as symbols of instinctive emotion, or metaphor of state, or situation.
By abstracting natural form, removing the familiar from its typical context and employing techniques of symbolism, I intend to depict timeless human figures, conditions, and structures of nature and humanity.”
Born in Yokohama, Japan
Moved to Melbourne at the age of 18 and granted a Distinguished Talent visa in 2010
Currently lives and works in Melbourne
2012 MiCK, Sydney, Psychological Portraits and Metaphysical Landscapes, solo exhibition
2012 Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, Seven Samurai, solo exhibition
2012 Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Au Courant, group exhibition
2011 Gallery Social, Tokyo, Japan, Yello, group exhibition
2011 Causey Contemporary Gallery, New York, USA, Ritual, group exhibition
2011 No Vacancy, Melbourne, Before it Fades Out, solo exhibition
2010 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Space Invaders, group exhibition
2010 China Heights, Sydney, In the Absence of Man, exhibition with Thomas Jackson
2010 Gorker Gallery, Melbourne, Engraving, solo exhibition of lino prints
2009 Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, Cultural Intersection ‘Blood Line Music Box’, performance and installation for Artist Residency Project at Fitzroy Town Hall
2009 No Vacancy, Melbourne, So Far, solo exhibition
2009 The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Emerge Festival ‘Visible Sessions’, stage backdrop mural and live performance
2008 Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Thousand Can Show, solo exhibition
2008 Global Gallery, Sydney, Thousand Can Show, solo exhibition
2007 Gallery Scene, Tokyo, Japan, Urban Art, group exhibition
2007 Until Never, Melbourne, Bootlegger, group exhibition curated by Niels Oeltjen
2007 Federation Square, Melbourne, No Comply, group exhibition
2012 Metro Gallery, public mural on warehouse, Budd Street, Collingwood, VIC
2011 Public mural on Meeker Street, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Grand Lane Project, 99 metre long mural in collaboration with Scott ‘Bonsai’ Neoh, Perth, WA
2010 Mural for young fashion floor basement, Myer, Melbourne, VIC
2009 Two Blue Blocks, live painting display, Melbourne Central, Melbourne VIC
2008 Green Pasture, mural for the Free Elephant Movement, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 Mural for May’s Place collection, May’s Place, Sydney, NSW
2007 The Wesley College Lion, mural for interior wall of Wesley College, collaboration with Scott ‘Bonsai’ Neoh, South Yarra, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Green Birds mural for exterior wall of Duel, collaboration with Scott ‘Bonsai’ Neoh, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Series of weekly changing murals for interior of Red Bull Music Academy, Richmond, VIC
2006 Mural for interior wall of Sophie Mundi Steiner School, Abbotsford, VIC
2012 VNA, UK-based international art and creative magazine, published by Very Nearly Almost magazine
2010 Space Invaders, catalogue of Australian street art, stencil, posters, paste-up and stickers, published by the National Gallery of Australia
2010 Street/Studio Book, Australian street art book focussing on ten street artists, published by Thames & Hudson
2009 Wooden Toy Magazine, Australian design, art and creative magazine, published by Wooden Toy Publishing Co.
2008 Desktop Magazine, Australian art and design magazine, published by Niche Group Pty Ltd
The Opening Hours | October 2012
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