TORU KUWAKUBO / SHINTARO MIYAKE / KEISUKE YAMAMOTO

Group Exhibition “Rokko Meets Art 2016” Mt. Rokko, Hyogo, Japan

Toru Kuwakubo, Shintaro Miyake, Keisuke Yamamoto / “Rokko Meets Art 2016”
Mt. Rokko, Hyogo, Japan
September 14 – November 23, 2016
http://www.rokkosan.com/art2016/

Artist Profile

Toru Kuwakubo

Toru Kuwakubo was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1978. He graduated from the Department of Painting, Oil Painting Course at Tama Art University in 2002. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa.

Kuwakubo started his artistic practice with a theatrical approach, finding the figure of an imaginary painter within himself as a means to explore contemporary art through the medium of painting. His unique expressions created by a classical technique of layering thick oil paint to depict contemporary imagined sceneries reminiscent of the work of Van Gogh, have received acclaim both internationally and within Japan.

The “Calendar Series,” which he started producing in 2014, depicting the respective lives of great masters within art history upon a single canvas, was finally completed in 2020. In the “Calendar Series,” prominent painters selected by Kuwakubo, such as Munch, Van Gogh, and Modigliani, are each assigned a month in the calendar, and the works, studios, and lives of these artists are expressed as spectacular spaces of alternate dimension through manner of Kuwakubo’s own interpretation, serving as an ultimate homage that gives rise to a certain resonance that transcends both time and space.

He has held solo exhibitions in numerous locations throughout the world including New York, London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Major group exhibitions include “Site: Place of Memories, Spaces with Potential” (Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, 2013), “Tokyo Painting II | Mindscape between interior and exterior” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 2013), “Artist File 2010: The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art” (The National Art Center, Tokyo, 2010) and “Tokyo Wonder Wall” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2003).

Kuwakubo won First Prize at the 3rd D-Art Biennale (2013), VOCA Encouragement Prize sponsored by The Ueno Royal Museum (2012), the 3rd Koji Kinutani Prize by the Mainichi Newspaper (2011) and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Award sponsored by Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2002).
His works are included in numerous public collections including JAPIGOZZI Collection, the DAI-ICHI LIFE Insurance Company, Ryutaro Takahashi Collection, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Taguchi Art Collection and Toyota Art Collection.

Shintaro Miyake

Born in 1970 in Tokyo. He completed his B.A. at Tama Art University in 1996, and currently lives and works in Tokyo.
From drawing, painting, sculpture, to “cut-outs” of characters drawn on cardboard or wood, live drawings created while wearing originally-designed costumes, as well as performance, and video, Miyake freely incorporates and combines a wide variety of expressions to create a unique artistic world that is permeated by a rich sense of wit. The diverse and pleasantly humorous nature of his oeuvre has continued to fascinate and attract the attention of viewers internationally. Miyake has held solo exhibitions in numerous locations throughout the world including Italy, Austria, Berlin, and Taiwan
His works are housed in the public collections of Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Norway), Kistefos Museet (Norway), Haus der Künstler in Gugging (Austria), The JAPIGOZZI Collection, Rubell Family Collection (USA), and the Takahashi Collection (Japan).

Miyake’s major solo exhibitions include “I Found Myself in the Traveling Carnival” (Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019), “VIKING AGE” (Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, 2013), “CALM CLAM” (GALERIE GABRIEL ROLT, Amsterdam, 2011), “There are TWO TRUTHS!” (Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, 2009), “Innocy’s House” (Museum Gugging, Art/ Brut Center Gugging, Klosterneuburg, Austria, 2007), “HATCHOBORI” (Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, 2007), “Beaver no Seikatsu” (Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 2006), “Minotauro contro Mostro Marino”(Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan, 2004), “Innocy’s House” (Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, 2004), “The Fourth Planet Hour” (℅ Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, 2004) and “SWEET SUMMER” (Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2003).

Major group exhibitions include “ROKKO MEETS ART 2014” (Rokko Internatonal Musical Box Museum, Hyogo, Japan, 2014), “neoteny japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s from Takahashi Collection” (KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Kagoshima, Japan [traveled to Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, 2008-09/ The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 2009/ Akita Museum of Modern Art, 2009/ Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, 2009-10/ The Museum of Art Ehime, Japan, 2010]), “Berlin-Tokyo/ Tokyo-Berlin” (Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2006), “NAOSHIMA STANDARD” (Former Barber, Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan, 2006), “Officina Asia” (Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy [traveled to Galleria Comunale d’Arte, Cesena/ Palazzo del Ridotto e Galleria d’Arte Ex-Pescheria, Cesena/ Palazzo dell’Arengo, Rimini, Italy]), “The Japanese Experience -Inevitable” (Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany [traveled to Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, 2003], “Emotional Site” (Saga-cho Shokuryo Building, Tokyo, 2002).

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.