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Yu Kawashima

Yu Kawashima (Japan, 1988)
Born in Shizuoka in 1988, Yu Kawashima studied Japanese Painting `Nihonga` at Aichi University of Arts. In 2014, the artist submitted his work to FACE 2014 which is annual grand competition for portrait works from all over Japan. When the grand prize was awarded to Kawashima, who was still the University student at that time, many people including the panel of judges of the competition and art critics were surprised to see such a young and aspiring talent.

The artist`s interpretation of traditional material (Natural pigment, Traditional Japanese paper, and ink) into contemporary image starts from a long process of the artist`s manipulation of natural pigment. By decomposing the natural pigment more than six months, the artist could create this unearthly white skin color. His unique use of traditional ink and natural pigment also creates dreary but hyper realistic background.

By going through these process, the artist accomplished neutral and unearthly beauty beyond a simple portrait.

The artist is studying at the Aichi University of Art.

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Biography

1988
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture
2012
Selected for 97th Autumn Inten exhibition
2013
Awarded from the Graduation exhibition of Aichi University of Art
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Starts graduate program on Japanese Painting (Nihon-ga) at Aichi University of Art
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Selected for 68th Sring Inten exhibition
2014
Wins the Grand Prize at Sompo Japan Art Award FACE 2014
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Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art acquires `TOXIC`
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Wins the Audience Prize at Sompo Japan Art Award FACE 2014
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Wins prize at 6th The Hoshino Shingo Triennial Competition in Toyohashi
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Toyohashi City Museum acquires `INSIDE`
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Selected for 99th Autumn Inten exhibition
2015
Awarded from the Graduation exhibition of Aichi University of Art
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Aichi University of Art acquires `TOXIC`
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Selected for the 6th Higashiyama Kei Memorial Nikkei Award
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Participates Art Taipei 2015

Public Collection

  • Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
  • Toyohashi City Museum
  • Aichi University of Art