Ryoko Kimura "Paradise"

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Ryoko Kimura was born in Tokyo in 1971 and graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts with a Master's degree in mural painting. Kimura, who trained in oil painting during her studies, had been creating stained glass art inspired by medieval religious imagery untill she seriously took on Japanese painting in 2003. Her folding screen and hanging scroll paintings depict fantastic Western figures like princes, Tarzans and mermen dancing in oriental-style landscapes.

Attracted to classical art, Kimura perceives "a kind of recklessness on the verge of failure that lurks in the loose appearance of even the steadiest of compositions". Her work sometimes gives the impression of a pointless snapshot of everyday life that is always carefully composed after classical precepts and rigorously executed. The peculiarity of her art also comes from the unique balance between her humorous ambition and the tension of the composition characterized by "recklessness on the verge of failure". She draws male figures of indeterminate age caught somewhere between boys and young men. According to her, artworks that deal with the question of women's sexual attraction to men are too much absent from art history. She perceives the potential of contemporary Japanese painting in her artistic depiction of the desire of today's young men to be seen.

At this exhibition, Kimura is exhibiting a new pair of folding screens that unconventionally depict in a dry and dispassionate manner the eroticism of young men that the artist herself secretly enjoys dreaming of.

[Image: "Boys Paradise Screen, East" (2011) paper, Japanese mineral pigments, gold leaf, 207×406cm]

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From 2011-05-11 To 2011-06-04

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Ryoko Kimura

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