Isao Nakamura Recent Works

Hino Gallery

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Hino gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition by Isao Nakamura for the first time in two years. The show consists of his most recent works including a large-scale painting, which is approximately three meters wide.

Most of Nakamura’s works have fallen into the category of painterly abstraction since he began his artistic practice in the 1970s. During the 1980s and into the 90s, when facing a canvas, Nakamura would attempt to reach an “unseeable” side that he thought must exist beyond the picture plane. It could be said that the paintings he produced at that time were generated within himself and did not in any way attempt to deny subjectivity.

From 2000 or so, the subjects in Nakamura’s works changed gradually: sometimes they were self-referential and sometimes they reflected actual elements of things in society. His processes also changed and shifted from an active to a more passive approach, where he learned to value the inevitability of happenings on canvas. It is always hard to silence the artist’s ego, but Nakamura attempted to play down his personal intentions by perceiving phenomena that occur in society or nature – for example, by responding reflexively to unpredictable forms or matière qualities that naturally appear on the canvas. Nakamura allowed those resulting colours and forms to remain as part of the work. The artist’s consciousness of the space of his work was transformed from beyond the screen to the surface of canvas around this time and it may also have contributed to the changes in his making process.

For the past 10 years, Nakamura has had a sort of certainty that this world isn’t only in the imagination, but that it actually exists. His latest paintings are more vigorous and appear to embody a stronger sense of movement. It feels there is some undefinable external force, which neither comes from the artist nor society, and somehow physically empowers the artist, almost as if he’s being manipulated by something other: some more powerful, unfathomable force perhaps.



from March 08, 2021 to March 27, 2021
Exhibition Hours 11:00-18:00


Isao Nakamura



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