untitled 2009 oil, collage on canvas 162.0 × 130.0 cm © Keisuke Yamamoto

Powerful existence of paint, intertwined with abstract elements, can be recognized in the recent works by Keisuke Yamamoto. The viewer can clearly sense the physical act of painting on canvas. What has been painted on the canvas does not only rest as images, but seems to claim its substantial state as material. These relief-like paintings do not limit themselves to the two-dimensional, and let the viewer find what have been concealed by the conventional ideas about paintings. These progress/ change in Yamamoto’ works have been made possible by his attempts of “crossing” in producing both paintings and sculptural works.

Yamamoto explains the title of this exhibition “Crossing” as follows;

“Crossing, within a painting, between the works, and over various elements and states. “In-betweens” during all the crossing. Surface appeared by crossing and cutting. Order and interaction created by connecting and interlacing. These senses of crossing are the important key element in my practice. It is one of the approaches to existence, which is not reproduction of something.”

This exhibition will feature new drawings and 12 paintings, where colors and forms interlace and create various stories.

Artist Profile

Keisuke Yamamoto

Keisuke Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Tokyo. After graduating from the department of Sculpture of Tokyo Zokei University in 2001 he stayed at the university as a research student until 2003. In 2018 he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa. This show at Tomio Koyama Gallery is his sixth solo exhibition, and his major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2008” (2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (2009, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, traveled to several international museums), “Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan” (2009, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), and “Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art” (2014, National Museum of Art, Osaka). His work is collected by the National Museum of Art, Osaka and international private collections.