IHARA ShinjiPainting

We were here

We were here

oil painting / canvas, panel 72.7 x 91 cm 2015-2017

Irreplaceable things

Irreplaceable things

oil painting / canvas, panel 72.7 x 91 cm 2017

Bourgeois

Bourgeois

oil painting / canvas 15 x 15 cm 2017 

PROFILE

1987
born in Fukuoka, Japan
2010
BFA, Hiroshima City University
2012
MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts
2016
FINE ART / UNIVERSITY SELECTION 2016-2017, Excellent Work Award (Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki)
2016
ART TAIPEI (Taipei World Trade Center)
2016
Hakata Gion Yamakasa E-zu (matchbaco / Tokyo)
2016
"Dokushojin" Weekly column
2015
RENDEZVOUS (matchbaco / Tokyo)
2015
Places We Seek (The Former Bank of Japan, Hiroshima Branch)
2014
9th Kanji Maeda Grand-Prix Exhibition (Takashimaya-Nihonbashi / Tokyo)
2013
SINCE NOBODY SEES (Gallery Art Morimoto / Tokyo)
2013
IMAGO MUNDI Benetton Collection's Exhibition (Fondazione Querini Stampalia / Venice)
2010
Hiroshima city University/ Graduation works "Noda Award" and University Collection (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art)
URL:http://shinjiihara.com/

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have been interested in ‘people’ since I was very young. I have been very curious about what other people see, and how they live. I wonder how wide the world would be if I could see things that are invisible to me. In this regard I desperately wanted to be cartoon heroes with superpowers. Another source of my inspiration is my desire to be connected. This is because I develop the sense of isolation from the society or community where I identify myself as a minority. Works I entered in this exhibition came from encounters in daily life, and <MEYOU> series featuring the reality from visions of models with sprinkles of imaginations. In an attempt to more closely overlap visions of mine <ME> and others’ <YOU>, I sometimes visit rooms where my friends live as well as their neighborhoods to actually experience parts of their daily lives. Alternatively I reinvent portraits of my friends posted on SNS and create paintings. As each of us lives in different circumstances, it may be impossible to entirely see and know lives of others. However, if I rediscover common segments of sentiments and memories in casual lives, they may bring me and the other person, or a stranger and a stranger to the boundary, creating new encounters.

FINE ART / UNIVERSITY SELECTION 2016-2017 Exhibited works
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