Yutaka Watanabe “Early Works”

Maki Fine Arts

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[Image: Yutaka Watanabe "Oo-Parts 4" 2008, oil on canvas, 194 ×130.3cm Photo : Mitsuru Goto]

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Since 2018, Watanabe has been using internet image search results in his works, combining elements of the results on anonymous figures to create portrait-like paintings. These creations are reminiscent of works of cubism, layered with colors and multifaceted viewpoints. Before arriving to his current method of painting, Watanabe has used vacant lots as motif, sometimes expressed as a house that has vividly remained in his memory and sometimes expressed as a nonliteral structure.

In his “Oo-Parts” series, Watanabe has incorporated his interest in the unknown with fantastical sensation. A colorful free-flowing branch-like object dances in the center, sharing the canvas with puddles of water as vegetation and houses loom in the background. The works depict imaginary landscapes, like something similar to those hazy memories from out childhood.

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from August 31, 2019 to September 22, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-08-31 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Yutaka Watanabe

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