「PROPHET」 – PRIMEVAL FOREST AS MATERNAL, 2009 oil and spray on canvas, 360.0 x 810.0 x 6.2cm, ©Satoshi Ohno


Satoshi Ohno’s works embrace themes such as contact and fusion of nature and artifact, closed atmosphere, and reconsideration of sense of space regarding a relation between the nature and himself. During Koshikijima Art Project, which he participated in 2004, he actually lived in a subtropical island in Kagoshima for a while. Then he visited the primeval forest in Hokkaido, Cayman Island in Caribbean sea, and Hawaii, before moving his base to Fuji-yoshida, where he has produced works of painting, sculpture, photography, and sand drawing, where he recreates the primeval forest in his thoughts. These works vividly reflect a recurrence for the nature, which almost seems to be ritual.
At “THE ECHO” exhibition at ZAIM in Yokohama last year, he attempted an exhibition of “very personal theme of self-portrait involves a world view of women’s womb linking to the primeval forest as a large mother’s body” (by the artist). His self-portraits that appear reportedly transcends the boundary of gender. Round prism around them seem to invite and lead viewers who happen to enter the forest. It seems as if the jungle as womb in a large mother’s body has appeared there.

MATERNAL PRISM, 2009 acrylic on camvas 270.0 x 480.0 x 3.5cm ©Satoshi Ohno
acrylic on camvas
270.0 x 480.0 x 3.5cm
©Satoshi Ohno
PROPHET, 2009 oil and spray on canvas, 250.5 x 220.5cm, ©Satoshi Ohno
PROPHET, 2009 oil and spray on canvas, 250.5 x 220.5cm, ©Satoshi Ohno


“I consider primeval forest, life’s original place, as one large mother’s body, and the integral of forest as womb. Big felled trees lie down as male symbol. These trees make their ways toward the orange light in the forest with the lead by “prophet.” The orange light is the light of body, the light of motherhood.” (by the artist) This exhibition will be a large-scale one with two floors of space. The works will include a very large painting of nearly 5m high.

Artist Profile

Satoshi Ohno

Satoshi Ohno is based in the foot of Mt. Fuji, which embraces ocean of trees. It’s a harsh environment where life and death are repeated, but is also like a cradle and mother’s body that gives birth and nurture various lives. Inspired by the environment, his self-portraits and paintings depicting primeval forests evoke sharp and inherent human senses that are vitalized by the natural pressures felt from the wilderness. His “Prism” series depicts geometrical and man-made beauty as a symbol of the human civilization, and the aggressive and violent progress of the post-modern worldwide capitalism, yet exploring something simply beautiful at the same time. The relationship between the self-portraits from primeval forests and the “Prism” of human civilization may have similarity with the tension depicted in the scene where the black geometrical monolith appears in front of people and animals in the natural scenery in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Satoshi Ohno was born in 1980 in Gifu. He received B.A. from Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo in 2004, and currently lives and works in Yamanashi, Japan. His major solo exhibitions include “Prism Violet” at The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Hawaii (2007), “PROPHET” (2009) “BYE BYE SUNSET” (2013) at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, “Beautiful Dreaming.”(2015) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery. He has participated in many museum group exhibitions including “Art Scope 2012-2014 – Remains of Their Journeys” at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo(2014), “The Way of Painting” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo (2014), and “Takahashi Collection 2014 Mindfulness!” at Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi. Recently, he jointed a group exhibition “Come after Magic” at aura gallery taipei, Taipei (2015). His work is included in the public collections such as The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Hara Museum of contemporary art, Tokyo, and The JAPIGOZZI Collection and National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Installation view from "PROPHET" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2009 ©Satoshi Ohno
  • *8 installation view from [PROPHET] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2009 ©Satoshi Ohno