Tomokazu Matsuyama

escapeintolife matzu 1Crypto-Christian, 2006, acrylic on paper, 20 x 29 in

escapeintolife matzu 23rip-horse, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

escapeintolife matzu 3 The Wind of the Nights, 2008, acrylic on paper, 20 x 29 in

escapeintolife matsu 4Unit, 2006, acrylic on paper, 18 x 32 inches

escapeintolife matsu 4Day Dream,  2006, acrylic on paper, 20 x 28 inches

escapeintolife matsu 5Summer Talk, 2006, acrylic on paper. 20 x 29 inches

escapeintolife matsu 7Fl – ye – Kirin, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

escapeintolife matsu 8Kirin, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches


Artist Statements

When I considered what is uniquely mine, I realized I wanted to take everything I was raised with and mix it all up and make something completely new. In order to create a universal language, I’m using the only cultural language I have. That’s why I’m studying traditional culture, searching for my own roots in order to express the universal. (more)

Within my work, I hope to render traditional icons and imagery within a broader ether of an international intermix. This has become the evolution of what seems to be the urban-ideal of the global contemporary. Reinterpretating Edo period imagery as well as contemporary motifs and patterning, I hope to blend what is seen as Eastern and Western aesthetics into one that resists categorization and cultural belonging. (more)

Tomokazu Matsuyama’s Website

Tomokazu Matsuyama at Joshua Liner Gallery

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