Shitsu MURAYAMA | My Armchair ⁄ 私の肘掛け椅子展

ARTISTS

Shitsu MURAYAMA

Born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. He has B.A. from Waseda Universioty, B.F.A. (2001) and M.F.A. (2003) from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. In 2013, he was awarded Holbein Artist Scholarship. Selected solo shows include `Face Paintings` (Nanatasu Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ), `Alternation` (gFAL, Tokyo, 2018), and `We go on a diet` (Akane Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2020 ). Selected Group Shows include ‘Japanese Emerging Artists’ (Browse & Darby, London, 2013), ‘Ezotic Art’ (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, 2014).

Statement

Even though we’re living our own lives, why do people have a yearning for somebody else’s life? I think there is this question at the base of the act of painting.
Why do people take a ‘journey’? Why do people set out for ‘somewhere else and not stay here’? These might be similar questions. The answer perhaps may not be as simple as ‘we aren’t satisfied with our own present self.’ The reason might be more atavistic, as we are programmed to venture out to see a different world.
The distance between one’s comfort zone and completely outer world is minuscule. I believe envisioning that new world, trying to venture out to unfamiliar zone is extremely positive act, which can be traced back to the reason why I paint.


Through his remarkably academic approach, expressing the motif with lights and shadows, Murayama’s masterly rendered paintings never give away even the slightest hint of its labored expressions. The surface of the work is encompassed with a ray of light like a soft gleam reflecting on the water. Nevertheless, due to its idiosyncratic spatial effect, it metamorphoses itself into bold and defiant painting. I am convinced that his work will change the atmosphere where the painting is hung, making it dazzle.

Recommended by Ryoichi Hirano
Head of Hirano Kotoken, Former Chairman and Managing Director of Sotheby’s Japan

WORKS

Climber's House

Climber's House

Oil on Canvas

910 ✕ 910 mm

2016

385,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Recently I had been creating a body of work that blends scenes from both inside and outside of the building.
By removing the wall to obscure the boundaries, I find myself depicting the sensation I get when I slip into unfamiliar territory from my cozy environment.
This derives from my dismal sense of direction, something I had to live with since I was a child. I have no confidence in reaching the destination unless I take the same familiar route. Should I take a route relying on my guess, I always end up walking ‘90 degrees off’ from the destination (I heard that’s worse than walking toward opposite direction). Life always lies side-by-side with unfamiliar territory.
The reason why I paint portrait is the same, as I paint people living in a different world on this planet. At the end of the day, everybody else lives in a different world from mine. I’d like to get to know them, as I am interested in how their world differs from mine.


We heard that a meteorite fell, so we're going to see it.

We heard that a meteorite fell, so we're going to see it.

Oil on Canvas

1000×803 mm

2016

484,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Recently I had been creating a body of work that blends scenes from both inside and outside of the building.
By removing the wall to obscure the boundaries, I find myself depicting the sensation I get when I slip into unfamiliar territory from my cozy environment.
This derives from my dismal sense of direction, something I had to live with since I was a child. I have no confidence in reaching the destination unless I take the same familiar route. Should I take a route relying on my guess, I always end up walking ‘90 degrees off’ from the destination (I heard that’s worse than walking toward opposite direction). Life always lies side-by-side with unfamiliar territory.
The reason why I paint portrait is the same, as I paint people living in a different world on this planet. At the end of the day, everybody else lives in a different world from mine. I’d like to get to know them, as I am interested in how their world differs from mine.


Top of The Rock

Top of The Rock

Oil on Canvas

1000×803 mm

2016

484,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Recently I had been creating a body of work that blends scenes from both inside and outside of the building.
By removing the wall to obscure the boundaries, I find myself depicting the sensation I get when I slip into unfamiliar territory from my cozy environment.
This derives from my dismal sense of direction, something I had to live with since I was a child. I have no confidence in reaching the destination unless I take the same familiar route. Should I take a route relying on my guess, I always end up walking ‘90 degrees off’ from the destination (I heard that’s worse than walking toward opposite direction). Life always lies side-by-side with unfamiliar territory.
The reason why I paint portrait is the same, as I paint people living in a different world on this planet. At the end of the day, everybody else lives in a different world from mine. I’d like to get to know them, as I am interested in how their world differs from mine.


Snowboard House

Snowboard House

Oil on Canvas

1620×1620 mm

2018

880,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Recently I had been creating a body of work that blends scenes from both inside and outside of the building.
By removing the wall to obscure the boundaries, I find myself depicting the sensation I get when I slip into unfamiliar territory from my cozy environment.
This derives from my dismal sense of direction, something I had to live with since I was a child. I have no confidence in reaching the destination unless I take the same familiar route. Should I take a route relying on my guess, I always end up walking ‘90 degrees off’ from the destination (I heard that’s worse than walking toward opposite direction). Life always lies side-by-side with unfamiliar territory.
The reason why I paint portrait is the same, as I paint people living in a different world on this planet. At the end of the day, everybody else lives in a different world from mine. I’d like to get to know them, as I am interested in how their world differs from mine.

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