Hibakusha Portraits, a series of six recent drawings of survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, will be exhibited at The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, 3 – 18 May 2012.
Mr. Kitazawa’s Noodle Bar, Tokyo, a recent oil painting made in Japan, will be exhibited at the BP Portrait Award, the National Portrait Gallery, London, 21 June – 23 September 2012. The exhibition will then go on tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (3 November 2012 – 27 January 2013), and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (9 February – 19 May 2013).
This year 55 paintings were chosen from 2200 entries.
Carl Randall has been based in Tokyo as an artist since 2003, having been awarded a Daiwa Scholarship, followed by a Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship. This extended period has been used to develop his interest in cities and portraiture, responding to the people and places of Tokyo. During this time he has completed a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Oil Painting at Japan’s prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) , was selected to be artist in residence in Hiroshima City (to meet and make portraits of survivors of the Atomic Bomb), and was chosen to represent Japan as artist in residence at the 2007 Formula 1 Races. He has also exhibited widely in Japan, including at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Arts, and the Tokyo Art Award 2009.
The 2011 Nomura Painting Prize was awarded to Carl Randall for his Doctorate Graduation exhibition, one of his paintings being bought by the University Museum for their permanent collection. The Nomura Art Prize is organised by Tokyo University of the Arts to assist with the purchase of outstanding works of art produced by its Doctorate graduate students, and to preserve them at the University Museum.
The artist’s new Japan paintings and drawings will be exhibited in London in the near future, including a solo exhibition at Japan House (January – March 2014). Examples of his work can be found at his website (recent work to be published soon).