To have something as support

ECSTASY 2010 oil on canvas 227.5 × 182.0 cm ©Daisuke Fukunaga


Daisuke Fukunaga drawings commonly draws commonly found yet left and unattended places, where no one usually pays attentions. These places are such as an empty plot of land, a basement floor within a building under construction where there is no electricity coming yet, those dusty and worn-out cleaning mops, or tyres, plastic hoses coiling itself, or wastes. As the artist says “The way these mops or tyres are being left gives me an impression of that time is slipped out there from anywhere else. It looks very dramatic to me.” Those objects exists as if they have obtained emotions or even personalities in Fukunaga’s paintings, and are seen to have left the values normally being given away.
With having eschatological-looking background and the use of personification, Fukunaga’s paintings have strong effect to the viewers to evoke narrative and theatrical sense. Fictionality and reality together dissolves and dense sense arouse – it is the sense originated from Fukunaga’s simple yet earnest attitude which artist says “The motifs I draw are based on those I actually saw and those which leave strong impressions to me.”


This exhibition will present approximately ten portrait works, which is the first attempt for the artist.
Fukunaga explains about people he draw in the paintings as “There is their own ways of expressions or acts to encourage themselves when they encounter hardship, feeling empty or being passionless. These acts are seemingly to possess something to self, but I think it actually is “to have something as support”. My works are the portrait of those who lives happily and prosperous by doing so – they are those I think ideal, those I actually met, or those born from my imagination – or perhaps they are my self portraits.”
People appearing in the paintings are comical, funny and being outside-d, yet conveying the viewers the thoughness and power of life itself.

Artist Profile

Daisuke Fukunaga

Objects depicted in Daisuke Fukunaga’s painting are something too ordinary for us to pay attention everyday – places or objects we have forgotten, such as a shabby vacant lot, a dark basement of the construction building without wiring, old cleaning tools like mops, tires, and wastes. With his “representationalism” approach, these objects seem to throw off its functional meanings attached to them and wriggle like animals, as if they had emotions and personalities.
Personified objects against the dramatic backgrounds in Fukunaga’s paintings evoke strongly and theatrically, emphasized by being depicted on large canvases. The senses of endless depth and presence as materials attract viewers.

Fukunaga Daisuke was born in Tokyo, in 1981. He graduated from the oil painting course of Tama Art University in 2004, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He has participated in group shows such as “AFTER THE REALITY 2” curated by Hiromi Yoshii (Daichi Projects, New York, 2008), “VOCA Exhibition 2009” (The Ueno Royal Museum), and “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2014). Also as a member of the artist group MIHOKANNO, he participated in group exhibitions “Hello MIHOKANNO” (Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, 2009) and “GOOD NIGHT MIHOKANNO” (Akibatamabi 21, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 2011). He won the first Kinutani Koji Award sponsored by the Mainichi Shimbun in 2009. At Tomio Koyama Gallery, Fukunaga has held solo exhibitions in 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

  • installation view from "To have something as support" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011
  • installation view from "To have something as support" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011