The Big Picture
The Big Picture
by Yamaguchi Akira
30 x 22.8 x 2.5 cm
This is the first large-format publication on the work of Japanese painter Yamaguchi Akira, whose style combines contemporary oil painting techniques with the classical Japanese composition style Yamato-e . His work addresses the problematic dichotomy that arises when traditional Japanese and Western art are combined. His expansive scenes with many small figures, meticulous depictions of architecture, and an oblique perspective from above that shows cutaways of buildings, revealing the activity therein, might easily overwhelm the viewer. Sawaragi Noi observes in his essay that the artist is a designer who has attained the highest level... a highly sophisticated modelmaker.
Published by Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc
Yamaguchi Akira (b. 1969, Tokyo, Japan) graduated in 1996 with a M.A in Oil Painting and in 1994, a B.A. in Oil Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan. Some of his solo exhibitions include Muromachi Resonance, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2016), Matsuyama Shift, The Museum of Art, Ehime Prefacture, Japan (2016), YAMAGUCHI Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan (2015) and SINGA-PLANET, Japan Creative Center, Singapore (2011). He engaged in numerous group exhibitions in Japan and the United States. He was also awarded with a runner-up prize for the 4th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award of Celebration in 2013 and 2001 respectively. His artworks are in the collection of Narita International Airport, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan, Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Shiga, Japan, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia amongst many others. Yamaguchi Akira lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.