Artist talk

Friday 5 October 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Artist Talk: Akira Yamaguchi in conversation with Tim Clark

Drinks reception: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Fully booked

Akira Yamaguchi, in his work, borrows spatial and stylistic references of traditional Japanese painting styles yamato-e and ukiyo-e, combining them with elements of modem and contemporary architecture to illustrate episodes of contemporary daily life, for example the hectic life led by salarymen in big cities.

The paintings exhibited at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery present a new development within Yamaguchi’s practice, which has been influenced by the Kano school painters of the Muromachi period. Twisting the classical idea of “oil on canvas”, Yamaguchi has added pure linseed oil to his paintings; the shimmer of the oil painted on the canvas evokes the materiality of golden elements used in art forms such as gold paint.

Yamaguchi and Tim Clark, head of the Japanese section in the Asia Department, British Museum, and a specialist in ukiyo-e, discussed the artist’s influences and his attempt to resolve the contradiction of being a painter inheriting the legacy of classical Japanese art, but also trained at art school to follow Western (oil-based) painting techniques.


Event part of the exhibition: Resonating Surfaces by Akira Yamaguchi

This exhibition is held in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo

Thumbnail Image; Orbital, Landolt-Ring [detail], 2016, sumi (Japanese ink) , oil on canvas. Photo: OTANI Ichiro ©YAMAGUCHI Akira, Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery

About the contributors

Akira Yamaguchi

Akira Yamaguchi (b. 1969, Tokyo) graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School (Painting Department) with an MA in Oil Painting in 1996. Besides his bird’s eye view paintings of cities or battlefields, he traverses a variety of methods of expression including sculpture, manga and installation. His major solo exhibitions include ‘TOKIORE(I)MIX” (Maison Hermès 8F Le Forum, Tokyo) and “Yamaguchi Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito) amongst others. In 2012, he dedicated a fusuma painting to Shoin of Yorin-an, Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto, and the work was placed on special public view. He has contributed public artworks in several locations including Narita International Airport, on Tokyo’s Fukutoshin Line at Nishi-Waseda station, and at Fujisan World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture. He has also created illustrative work and cover art for a variety of serialized newspaper stories, novels and so forth, continuing his prolific practice across a broad range of fields.

In 2013, his book Hen-na Nihon Bijutsushi won the 12th Kobayashi Hideo Award.

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Tim Clark

 Tim Clark is the Head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia at the British Museum.

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