三沢厚彦 アニマルズ2016

Animals 2016

7 June – 9 July 2016

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Animal 2016-01
2016 camphor wood and oil 162 x 120 x 180 cm

西村画廊では、2016年6月7日(火)から7月9日(土)まで、日本の現代彫刻を牽引する作家の一人、三沢厚彦(1960年、京都府生まれ)の新作展「ANIMALS 2016」を開催いたします。





Nishimura Gallery will present “ANIMALS 2016,” an exhibition of new works by Atsuhiko Misawa (b. 1960, Kyoto), one of the leading artists of contemporary sculptural expression in Japan, from 7 June to 9 July, 2016.

After completing the graduate course at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1989, Misawa began creating large scale assemblages of driftwood, plastic, and other materials. In 2000, he began creating the “ANIMALS” series of colored wood carved animal sculptures, which were shown in his first solo exhibition at Nishimura Gallery in the same year. The exhibition was a great success, and Misawa was awarded the 20th Hirakushi Denchu Prize the following year. Since then, Misawa has continued to be active in the art world, holding major solo exhibitions at art museums around Japan every year, and publishing numerous books of his works and picture books, etc. In this summer, a solo exhibition at the Art Plaza, Oita and a group exhibition at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka are scheduled.

Misawa carves a wide variety of animals, from a giant elephant and giraffes to small geckos and rats, and fictional beings such as unicorns and pegasuses, from life-size forms on camphor wood. Those “ANIMALS” have an elusive expression and a dignified, fresh atmosphere, which, combined with the rough but delicate chisel marks on the surface, give them an intimacy that makes you want to touch them, and a unique presence full of volume.

The word “animal” is a mixture of various aspects in our minds, such as that of a beast, a character in a story, a stuffed animal, etc. Misawa’s sculptures are none of these, or seem to be all of them, are symbolic, as if the concept of “animals” inside of us has been extracted directly from them, and therefore open to diverse interpretations by the viewer. This may be the reason why his “ANIMALS” emit an unfathomable mystery and strong appeal, and bring a deep i mpression to the viewer that is not transitory.

In this exhibition of new sculptures, he will present about 10 ANIMALS of various sizes, including an about 160 cm tall seated lion, bears, cats, raccoons, rabbits, frogs, etc. The exhibition will be the first time in about four years that the gallery has exhibited ANIMALS.

Please look forward to seeing Atsuhiko Misawa’s first solo exhibition at the gallery in about four years. We are sincerely looking forward to your visit.

Animal 2016-04
2016 camphor wood and oil 35.5 x 17.5 x 41 cm
Cat 2015-02
2015 camphor wood and oil 37 x 14.5 x 86.5 cm
Animal 2014-02  
2014 camphor wood and oil 58.5 x 22.5 x 96 cm

Photo: 渡邉郁弘 Ikuhiro WATANABE