Masahiko Kuwahara


ナーシングホーム nurshing home oil on canvas 116.7 × 91.0 cm ©Masahiko Kuwahara


The works of Masahiko Kuwahara reflect the oddities of the modern world that we occupy now.
These are reflected in the strange creatures that inhabit stagnant urban ponds, the pig that finds it has been half-cured, and a multitude of beings that have never been seen before. Other examples include the nameless models, which grace advertisements in magazines and leaflets; this is a world where all images have been consumed and low-prices reign, where sacred beauty, wrapped in sorrow, remains hidden. The modern urban-dweller’s sense of empty loneliness is depicted occasionally as humorous motifs in gentle colors, as if to offer some form of salvation.


This exhibition introduces about twenty new paintings in 2007 to 2008 by the artist. A doll-like ballerina or small bride meets tiny animals in the interior, of which scene looks like still life painting.