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Appetite for painting
by Imura Art Gallery
Location: Imura Art Gallery Kyoto
Artist(s): Yu KIWANAMI
Date: 18 May - 22 Jun 2013

Kiwanami's paintings have been showing a remarkable transformation for the last few years. His past paintings, consists of rather graphical elements of simplified figures or backgrounds, the counters of black lines and flatly applied color fields, had been led to an inclusion of furniture in the backgrounds, appearances of the landscape of the ocean and mountains, and came to encompass the artist brings the development further to the new expression that is associated with impressionism.

Kiwanami says the people appear in his works are becoming more and more virtual existence to him. In regard to the landscape, as much as recognized of his so-called painterly expression he reduces the resistance toward the paints itself and reaches to the flat impression which is accomplished by the usage of acrylic. Though applying many layers there is only minimized thickness of the paints, and the artist says he feels as if the acrylic penetrates to the other side of the canvas. This sensation makes him deeply discern the two-dimensional spatiality. Kiwanami's new approach to the creation lies in this imbalance of the figures and landscape.

Courtesy of Imura Art Gallery

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