Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Hideaki Kawashima


After he had graduated from the University, he enterd to the Buddhism priesthood practice.
While in the University, he settled on the subject matter of the Yukio Mishima’s novels and it seems that his early works’ toughend style was much influenced by this subject. His style has gradually changed to fairy style of , comical Buddha and boys and girls have appeared to Kawashima’s paintings. The audience cannot any longer to distinguish between men and women of the characters in his paintings.
These characters in his paintings seem to be possessed him/her by someone and their emphatic expresion s are abstracted in his paitings. The artist himself descrides his paintings as “like painting self-portrait” These various faces emerge to the abstract gackground and they are sometimes seen girls, boys, fairy, or unknown creatures which is like a ballon. To contrast to the skin and hairs which are lapped over with the reduced shaded gradation, like glass ball eyes with fine blood capillary appeal strongly.


The artist states the motive of his paitings is that “vague anxiety for finding out self-identity”. We all experience this anxiety of ourself. For instance,when you see the reflection of yourself for the window in the trains (according to what the writer experienced), you realize your uncertainness of your being. The artist faces this uncertainness of being calmly and sublimes for his paitings.
The title of this exhibition “mutability” perhaps is not the summerization where the artist has reached but rather changing time as on his day-to-day basis.
Please take this oppotunity to introduce Hideaki Kawashima’s exhibition to any press, we have various meterials (e.g. photos).

Artist Profile

Hideaki Kawashima

Hideaki Kawashima was born in Aichi, Japan in 1969. After graduating from Tokyo Zokei University in 1991, Kawashima undertook two years of training in Buddhism at the Hieizan Enryakuji Temple from 1995, thereafter commencing his career as an artist in 2001. Kawashima has presented his work in numerous exhibitions internationally and domestically. His major exhibitions include, “Japanese Experience Inevitable” (Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, 2004), “LIFE” (Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2006), “Idol!” (Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan, 2006), and “Little Boy” (curated by Takashi Murakami, Japan Society, New York, 2006). In 2007 he took part in the “Pocheon Asia Biennale,” followed by a solo exhibition at the Kukje Gallery (Seoul, South Korea) in 2009, and two solo exhibitions at the Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica, USA) respectively in 2011 and 2014.