Solo Exhibition

Installation view at project room/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©︎Keisuke Yamamoto

Keisuke Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Tokyo. He has graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 2001 and had been studied as the research student at the same university until 2003. He was trained as the woodcarving and is now working based in Tokyo.
There was his exhibition of at Project Room/Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2004 and this received a high acclaim.
The forest and tree often appear in his painting. These motifs are presented vivid and deep shaded colors and seen as the fragment of his own imagination world. His painting contains his world-view which how the reality appears to him and also it gives us the optical illusion trick. In his painting, the strangely flat sky is delimited to short shapes and the forest ranges to interior. If you look at the forest carefully, your view is bounced to the sky but suddenly is drawn into the forest again. The composition of screen makes the optical illusion trick.
There are also sculpture artworks in this exhibition. These sculptures are used with oil painting, tree branches, and matchsticks and it is closely associated with burning. The characteristic of his sculptures is organic forms. Matchsticks are seemingly seen the pivoting foot and implanted in the sculptures like a tactile. The surface of the sculptures is partly cracked as clay but some parts are polished smoothly. This sees it like porcelain. There are various forms of sculptures and they look as some instruments or the living organisms. This exhibition is presented mostly of his paintings and sculptures. The exhibition space if filled with trees, forest, and organic forms that he created and the audience will be drawn into his own imagination world.

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.