COHJU Contemporary Art

1F COHJU Bldg., 557 Bisyamon-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0981

www.cohju.com

cca@cohju.co.jp

 

 

 

COHJU contemporary art will present a solo show by Ryo Shinagawa.

Shinagawa is a promising artist that explores new practices in Nihonga, which is a traditional Japanese-style painting and coined in the modern era of Japan to distinguish their own art style from Western-style. Nihonga’s identity in Japan has got lost in the contemporary Japanese art scene, but Shinagawa tries to bring it back to the mainstream, turning a spotlight on native Japanese minimal aesthetic sense. On the show, we focus on his iconic series citing Rimpa movement. The Rimpa is one of the major historical schools of Japanese paintings in the Edo period characterized by a style involving simplified natural subjects such as birds, plants and flowers, with the background filled in with gold leaf. Shinagawa converts some of the motives into highly minimalized graffiti-ish forms to bring new patterns for the ossified art scene as a response from today. We showcase the intersection where old and new Japanese sense of beauty.

Ryo Shinagawa
summer chrysanthemum
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, silver leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 50 × 100 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
chrysanthemum and water stream
2018, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, gold leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 87.5 × 175 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
bush clover and the moon
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, gold leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 37.5 × 50 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
autumn flower
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, ink, gold leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 75 × 100 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
chrysanthemum
2019, Pigments, ink, gold leaf, acrylic, glue on Japanese paper, 50 × 37.5 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
peony and butterfly
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, silver leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 50 × 50 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
chrysanthemum and water stream
2018, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, silver leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 50 × 37.5 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
chrysanthemum
2018, Chinese ink on Japanese paper, 50 × 37.5 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
pine and waterfall
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, ink, gold leaf, glue on Japanese paper, 175 × 137.5 cm
Ryo Shinagawa
cherry blossom cloud
2019, Natural pigments, Gofun, Chinese ink, gold leaf, glue, acrylic on Japanese paper, 25 × 37.5 cm