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Tsuyoshi HigashijimaTsuyoshi Higashijima

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Born in Takeo, Saga Prefecture. Lives and works in Okayama, Japan.

The characteristics of Higashijima’s work lie in its vast scale of canvas that envelops the viewer, multi-layered and abyssal theme colors such as dark blue and silver, and the physicality embodied through graffiti-like words and symbols. While the artist’s gesture generates various figures evocative of calligraphy, the overall image exists as a reality filtered through the artist’s thoughts and an actuality perceived by him—such as subtle changes of light and air, water streams on the ground, the sky or the earth’s surface. Concurrently, his work presents a way of relationship between the paintings, the space and the viewer.

“Ambiguous virtue”—a theme Higashijima has embraced for the last 30 years—conceptualizes his belief that there is a degree of beneficial force in fixing a fluid, indeterminate appearance in a form of painting. In recent years, Higashijima composes paintings in which the Oriental climate and sensibilities (on life’s uncertainty, etc.) are imbued within the texture and details of the material, and such phenomenon itself is perceived as it is.

Education

1983
Graduated from Saga University, Faculty of Education
1986
Completed graduate study, University of Tsukuba, Master's Program in Art and Design, Western Style Painting (Major: Fine Art)
1988-90
Studied at Royal College of Art, Faculty of Fine Art, Master's Degree Course in Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2020
"Maybe, it’s all right", GATEAU FESTA HARADA GALLERY, Takasaki, Gumma
2018
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima-Dual", Kitakyusyu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Rin Art Association, Gunma
2016
"Kuandu Residency Program", Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2015
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - Scar and Stream", Ohara Museum of Art Yurinsou, Okayama
2014
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - Water Self-Portraits", Artcourt Gallery, Osaka
2012
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - Sora no Mizu", Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, Okayama
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - On the Absence of Obstruction: Another View", Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo,
2011
"World and Solitude - vol.1 Tsuyoshi Higashijima, produced by Kyotaro Hakamata", ArtGallery X, Takashimaya Tokyo, Tokyo
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - On the Absence of Obstruction"Contemporary Art Space (CASO),Osaka, Japan
2010
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - Sorezore no houi no jyuninn no tameni", Contemporary Art Space (CASO), Osaka
2009
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - Kaiga Hikari wo mageru", INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
2008
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Dai-chi Life Gallery, Tokyo
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - E-PICTURE", Aomori Comtemporary Art Centre, Aomori
2007
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima Selected Works 1988-2006", Okayama Prefectural Museum,Okayama
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima New works", Akira Ikeda Gallery Taura, Kanagawa
2005
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima - My Eye, right side", Contemporary Art Space (CASO), Osaka
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima Paintings - My eye, right side" Art Garden, Okayama
2003
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima Recent Works", Akira Ikeda Gallery Taura, Kanagawa
2000
"Recent Works 25 Tsuyoshi Higashijima", The National Museum of Art, Osaka
"Art Vision vol.5 Tsuyoshi Higashijima" Nariwa Museum, Okayama
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima New works" Akira Ikeda Gallery Taura, Kanagawa
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima" Gallery Haku, Osaka
1999
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Gallery αM, Tokyo
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Dai-chi Life Gallery, Tokyo
1997
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Dai-chi Life Gallery, Tokyo
1995
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima New works", Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2021
"TOKYO⭐︎VOCA II",Dai-ichi Life Group, Tokyo
2016
"The Best Selection of the Ohara Museum of Art", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo
2014
"Ohara Contemporary at Musabi", Musashino Art University Museum, Tokyo
2013
"Tsuyoshi Higashijima + Takeshi Honda- : Water in Winter, Walking in the Mountains", Iwate Museum of Art, Iwate
"Ohara Contemporary" Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
2012
"Drawing Lessons", Kyoto University Art & Design Galerie Aube, Kyoto
"IMAMURA Hajime, HAKAMATA Kyotoro, HIGASHIJIMA Tsuyoshi: Melting Zone", Art Court Gallery, Osaka
2010
"Primary Field II", The Museum of Modern Art Hayama, Kanagawa
"Kazuhiro Nomura / Tsuyoshi Higashijima Miru-koto wo Kanngaeru", Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima
2007
"DOMANI 2007", Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
2006
"Art in Fukuju-kaikan", Fukuyama-City Fukuju-kaikan, Hiroshima
"The Present State of Contemporary Art, Selected Works from VOCA Exhibition", Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi
"A Room of "Views", Kyoto University Art & Design Galerie Aube, Kyoto
2002
"Takahide Koike, Tsuyoshi Higashijima", Akira Ikeda Gallery, Berlin
2001
"SENRITSUMIRAI−FUTURO ANTERIORE Arte attuale dal Giappone", Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
2000
"The Impressionists to Hikari no Hyougen - Monet, Renoir kara Gendai e: Light In Art Modern", Fukuyama Museum of Art, Hiroshima
1996
"The Vision of Contemporary Art (VOCA'96)", Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
1995
"Allegory of Seeing 1995: Painting and Sculpture in Contemporary Japan", Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo
"Mito Annual '95 : Thinking of the picture-Receptacle and Measure" Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

Awards

1988-1989
The Rotary Foundation Scholarship, Saitama
1996
The Vision of Contemporary Art VOCA Prize, Tokyo
The New Artist Prize of Fine Arts Division, Gotoh Cultural Award, Gotoh The Memorial Foundation, Tokyo, Japan (Studied in New York, to April 1997)
2002
The Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan (Stayed in Berlin, to March 2003)
2008
Artist in Residence Program 2008 / Autumn, The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori
2014
The Okayama Prefecture Cultural Prize, Encouragement Award 2013, Okayama
2020
The 78th Sanyo Shinbun Prize, Cultural Encouragement Award, Okayama

Selected Collection

  • Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima
  • Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
  • Okayama Prefectural Museum, Okayama
  • Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanazawa
  • National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Kyoto University Art and Design, Kyoto
  • Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo
  • Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan