Hisashi Tenmyouya "Furyu - Extravagant"
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After working as an art director for record label, Tenmyouya (born 1966 in Tokyo) switched careers and became a contemporary artist. He christened his own work "neo-nihonga", developing a series of works depicting battle scenes that won him a string of commissions and exhibitions, including illustrations for a serial novel that ran in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, official posters for the FIFA 2006 World Cup, as well as art direction for films.
Although Tenmyouya developed a unique aesthetic by fusing influences from American hip-hop with the style and format of traditional Japanese art, he seems to have been paying more attention to the Japanese aesthetic in recent years. This "Japanese" aesthetic is sometimes understood as a frugal, unassuming "wabi-sabi", or else the Pop appeal of anime or manga, but the exuberant aesthetic that borrows from the Muromachi and Edo eras and penchant for ornament and costume that consistently adorns his work have equally had a profound influence on contemporary Japanese notions of beauty. Tenmyouya's work, including his portraits of chivalrous warriors exhibited in September this year, has established him as a successor to this tradition. This exhibition showcases works in which tattoos have been conscientiously carved into the skin of these warriors as marks and symbols of the spirit of "otokodate", figures who are closely related to the "basara" figures from the Muromachi era.
[Image: "Interwining Thoughts" (2009), acrylic, gold leaf, wood, 180x165.5cm Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery]
From 2009-12-16 To 2010-01-30
Opening Reception on 2009-12-16 from 19:00 to 21:00