Toru Kuwakubo

  • untitled transient, 2014 oil on canvas, 181.8 x 130.0 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • ufo, 2014 oil on canvas, 150.2 x 220.0 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • New Life, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 162.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 夜のうず, 2012 oil on canvas, 182.5 x 227.5 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 星と鏡 / Stars and The Mirror, 2012 oil on canvas, 324.0 x 130.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 植物園 / Botanical Garden, 2012 oil on canvas, 324.0 x 130.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 裸婦燃やし / Burn the Nude Women, 2012 oil on canvas, 181.8 x 227.3 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • シーツに女 / Women on the sheets, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 324.0 cm (2pieces), ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 現代美術の絵 / Painting of Contemporary Art, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 162.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 帰国売り / Sayonara sale, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 162.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • Oil tree, 2012 oil,wood, h.78.5 x w.10.0 x d.10.5 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • よく着ていた柘榴色の服 / The old pomegranate color clothes she used to wear, 2011 oil on canvas, 162.0 x 194.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • loom, 2010 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 独裁者の庭 / Dectator's Garden, 2010 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 言葉を重ねていく女 / Woman with repeating words, 2010 oil on canvas, 53.0 x 45.5 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 波止場のギター弾き / Guitar Player at the Port, 2010 oil on canvas, 53.0 x 45.5 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 共同アトリエ / The Shared Atelier, 2010 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 女と緑の壷 / Woman on Green Pot, 2009 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 72.7 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 緑の女と縞の壷 / Woman in Green on Striped Pot, 2009 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 72.7 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©Toru Kuwakubo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©Toru Kuwakubo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012 ©Toru Kuwakubo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 深夜の電波と眠らない女 / A radio wave at midnight and a sleepless lady, 2009 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • アトリエ Atelier, 2008 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 詩人の庭2 A Poet's Garden 2 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 冬の海と霊園 Winter Sea and Graveyard, 2008 oil on canvas, 181.8 x 227.3 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view from [World Citizens with the White Boxes] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view from [World Citizens with the White Boxes] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008
  • 女たちと白い箱 The Women with the White Boxes", 2008 oil on canvas, 181.8 x 227.3 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 男たちと白い箱 The Men with the White Boxes, 2008 oil on canvas, 181.8 x 227.3 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Citizen with the white box, 2008 oil on canvas, 45.5 x 33.3 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Citizen with the white box, 2008 oil on canvas, 45.5 x 33.3 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 小説レモン novel lemon, 2007 oil on canvas, 33.3 x 33.3cm
  • 南瓜と名刺 pumpkin and business card, 2007 oil on canvas, 31.8 x 45.5cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 明日の仕事と祖母たちの散歩 chore for tomorrow and grandmothers' walk, 2007 oil on canvas, 116.7 x 116.7 cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view at bendixen contemporary art, Copenhagen, 2007 © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view at bendixen contemporary art, Copenhagen, 2007 © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view at bendixen contemporary art, Copenhagen, 2007 © Toru Kuwakubo
  • life of pink sand beach, 2007 oil on canvas, 130.3 x 162.0cm
  • 最後のシネマと光る花 the last cinema and shining flowers, 2007 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Sea of Bloom -France, 2007 oil on canvas, 80.3 x 100.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Realistic Lovers, 2006 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 117.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Battleships and 23 of Yellow Flowers, 2006 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Sea of Bloom - Estonia, 2006 oil on canvas, 100.0 x 80.3cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • 貝の髪飾りの女 A woman with shell works on her hair, 2006 oil on canvas, 53.0 x 50.0cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 海辺の首飾り necklace by the seaside, 2006 oil on canvas, 60.0 x 50.0cm, ©Toru Kuwakubo
  • 55-year-old, 2005 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Sand Beach, Giverny, 2005 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Sea of bloom - Myanmar, 2005 oil on canvas, 50.0 x 73.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • installation view from [The Flower of Hole in the Sand] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2005 © Toru Kuwakubo
  • TORINASU Practice, 2005 oil on canvas, 50.0 x 73.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Carnation, 2004 oil on canvas, 41.0 x 41.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Twenty Flowers of Hole in the Sand, 2004 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 116.7cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • White Flag, 2003 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 130.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Red Holes, 2003 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 130.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo
  • Dig, Dig, Dig, 2002 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 130.0cm, © Toru Kuwakubo

Toru Kuwakubo started his career as a painter in a theatrical manner – inventing an imaginary painter within himself and creating paintings with thick layers of paint that remind us of the Impressionists – as a part of his performance as an idealized professional painter. Since then he has continued exploring the possibility of painting as a medium, by working with the richness of the materiality of paint and physicality of the painter. Narrative is an important element of Kuwakubo’s practice. He has written Telling of Sea, Telling of Painter, his self-published paperback, which contains short tales as well as his theory of art. The images that are flowing out from the narratives take forms on paintings, perhaps searching for continuing narratives and painting’s ability of conveying them.

Toru Kuwakubo was born in Zama, Kanagawa in 1978. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department at Tama Art University in 2002. Kuwakubo won the Tokyo Wonder Wall Award sponsored by Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2002. He also received the 3rd Koji Kinutani Prize by the Mainichi Newspaper in 2011 and VOCA Encouragement Prize sponsored by The Ueno Royal Museum in 2012. He has held many solo exhibitions including “The Sea by Night and Day” at The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (London, 2012) and group exhibitions both in Japan such as “Site: Place of Memories, Spaces with Potential” at Hiroshima MOCA (Hiroshima, Japan, 2012) and abroad including Germany, Denmark, Korea. He has held solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Solo exhibitions

2016 "ROKKO MEETS ART 2016" Rokkosan Country House, Hyogo, Japan
2015 "Yuka Kashihara, Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo, Masahiko Kuwahara, Atsushi Fukui"
8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2014 "One Wonderful Day Which Cannot Be Forgotten" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore
2012 "The Sea by Night and Day" The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London
"Toru Kuwakubo" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2010 "Out of Noise" GALLERY HYUNDAI Gangnam Space, Seoul
"Telling of Sea, Telling of Painter" Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
2008 "World Citizens with the White Boxes" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2007 "Women Living by the Sea" doART Gallery, Seoul

"SCENERY OF TOMORROW" bendixen contemporary art, Copenhagen
2006 "Illusion of the Sea Ebbing Away" Galerie Davide Gallo, Berlin
"sleepless women" Gallery Stump Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan
2005 "The Flower of Hole in the Sand" Project Room/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

"Drawings" TKGY at lammfromm, Tokyo

"BLOOMFIELD" Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
2003 Tokyo Wonder Site, Hongo, Tokyo
2002 Pepper's Loft Gallery, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2016 "Controlled Coincidence" NUNU FINE ART, Taipei
2014 "Group exhibition by Tomio Koyama Gallery" TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo
"Ginza Mitsukoshi x Tomio Koyama Gallery, Art Sellection" Gallery, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
"Taguchi Art Collection: TAG-TEN☆" Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan
2013 "Tokyo Painting II: Mindscape between interior and exterior" Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
"Wonderful My Art" Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
"Education, education and education" Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Building 11 Zone, Okayama, Japan [touring GALLERY HIRAMINE, Kagoshima, Japan]

"Ginza Mitsukoshi × Tomio Koyama Gallery Art Selection" Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo

"Why not live for Art? II -9 collectors reveal their treasures" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

"Site: Place of Memories, Spaces with Potential" Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan

"Die Tanzende Bilder -The Essence of Taguchi Art Collection" Spiral Garden, Tokyo

"D Art Biennale 3rd exhibition" Daitec Sakae, Aichi, Japan
2012 "KISS THE HEART #1" Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo

"Azamino Contemporary vol.2 Viewpoints Drawing & Painting" Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa, Japan

"VOCA 2012" The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

"Painting Never Dies" YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo
"Blindsight" MA2Gallery, Tokyo
2011 "Temporary Exhibition : Art in an Office" Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

"Taguchi Art Collection, Global New Art" Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo

"Reflections in collaboration with Tomio Koyama Gallery" ford PROJECT, New York
2010 "Paintings by Four Artists" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto

"Artist File 2010: The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art" The National Art Center, Tokyo
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3331 Arts Chiyoda Grand Opening Exhibition '3331 Presents Tokyo Part1'" 3331 Arts chiyoda 1st Floor Exhibition Space, Tokyo
2009 "Happy New Year(s)" bendixen Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

"TOKYO WONDER WALL 2000-2009 10 years! " Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2007 "Portrait Session" NADiff, Tokyo/ Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

"Summer Show" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2004 Yokohama Shimin Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan

"The Artists of Tokyo Wonder Wall" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2003 Promnard Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"Tokyo Wonder Wall" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo

Public collections

The DAI-ICHI LIFE Insurance Company

Flowerman Collection

The JAPIGOZZI Collection

The Taguchi Art Collection
Takahashi Collection


Takamatsu City Museum of Art

Toyota Art Collection

Awards

2013 the First Prize at the 3rd D-Art Biennale
2012 VOCA Encouragement Prize
2011 The 3rd Koji Kinutani Prize, The Mainichi Newspapers