Francis Shingo “Subtle Impressions”

Misa Shin Gallery

poster for Francis Shingo “Subtle Impressions”
[Image: "Subtle Impressions (pink, emerald and cerulean)" (2019) Oil on canvas, 100 x 86cm (39.3 x 33.8 in)]

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Francis Shingo explores the vast space and spirituality of painting through abstract expressions that consist of multiple layers of blue and deep monochrome color pieces.

His new Interference series of the last few years consists of paintings created with special materials that cause optical interference, resulting in light passing through multiple layers of paint, producing a variety of colors when viewed at different angles. The canvas of these pieces appears to be full of light, but unlike works of the past that emphasize specific colors, as the viewer approaches a painting, it starts to give off a rich array of colors due to the reflection and refraction of light. Like seeing a rainbow in the sky, this visual effect caused by the viewer’s movement brings an awareness that the colors reaching our eyes are intermediated by particles of light.

In this day and age when people can easily take photos of artworks and email the images or post them on social media, the artist is concerned that people are ‘judging’ artwork simply by looking at those images in smartphones or computer displays, without actually viewing the real thing for themselves up close. Shingo’s new work invites viewers to experience the paintings directly and in person so that they can witness how the layers of color deepen and how the matière (the texture) responds as the viewer moves in front of the painting.



from September 19, 2019 to November 02, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-09-19 from 18:00 to 20:00


Francis Shingo



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