Celebrated for interweaving the canons of East and West, New-York based artist Tomokazu Matsuyama’s oeuvre defies traditional categorization. Matsuyama’s paintings and sculpture reflects a strategic adoption of Eastern and Western motifs, a response to his upbringing and the impact of globalization on cultural identity. In the tradition of pop art, his work addresses the dichotomy of high and low art, and speaks to the populist notion of contemporary urban culture.
In his figurative works, yet identifiable elements of pop culture are coupled with references to historical masters of both spheres. Obvious influences from the high-brow Kano school, a dominant style of painting in Japan from the 15th – 18th centuries, seamlessly blend with homage to American styles of painting such as Abstract Expressionism, and decorative motifs drawn from notable Western fashion and interior designs.
The restrained abstract works pay homage to NY school of Post War Abstract Expressionist Painters, but instead of allowing the gestural underlay of the paintings to remain spontaneous and untouched, the artist confines them into mandalic patterns, referencing the origami cranes made in the East as good-luck charms. In this way, his abstract works have a concrete meaning in a way abstract expressionism never sought to pursue.
Tomokazu Matsuyama was born in Gifu, Japan in 1976 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute (NY). Matsuyama’s important exhibitions include the Japan Society, New York; the Harvard University, Massachusetts, and the Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington D.C., and Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney, Australia, among other galleries and institutions. His work is part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Cosmopolitan Hotel Group (NV), the Royal Family (Dubai, UAE), The Standard Hotel (Andre Balazs Group) and Microsoft Collection among others. In August 2014 he was awarded the Harbour City Gallery Public Art Commission in Hong Kong. He was selected to show with HOCA Foundation, Hong Kong (March-April 2017). He was one of the nine new murals of The Wynwood Walls program during Art Basel-Miami 2018 and unveiled the new Houston Bowery Wall in New York in October 2019 as well as a mural in Beverly Hills in 2020. He is part of the 2020 Meiji Jingu Forest Festival, an outdoor exhibition in the forest of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, one of the most important shrines and temples in Japan. At the occasion of the 2020 Summer Olympic games he will design a permanent public art project (including a large scale sculpture and a floor installation) at Shinjuku station in Tokyo, Japan. In 2020 the artist will unveil another monumental permanent public art project for a new building development adjoining Ivy Station in Culver City, Los Angeles as well as second mural on the very select Bowery Mural in Downtown, Soho, New York.
Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery is proud to present new works by Yashua Klos, John Madu, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Godwin Champs Namuyimba, Brian Rochefort and Summer Wheat.Exhibition 29 May - 7 August, 2021
Preview on Thursday September 20, 2018, from 6pm in presence of the artist.
Exhibition September 21 – 27 October, 2018
Group show curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama
With Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón/Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Musson and Alison Elizabeth Taylor.
Zidoun-Bossuyt is pleased to present the new solo show of Tomokazu Matsuyama. Preview on Wednesday November 18, 2015 from 6pm in presence of the artist.Exhibition November 19, 2015 - January 9, 2016
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Catalogue of the exhibition "No Place Like Home" by Tomokazu Matsuyama.(September 21 - October 27, 2018)
Catalogue from the exhibition "Pardon My Language" curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama with Wim Delvoye, Carlos Rolón /Dzine, Robert Lazzarini, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Jayson Musson and Alison Elizabeth Taylor.(January 19 - March 3, 2018)
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