Hisashi Tenmyouya’s "Furyu—Extravagant"
Mizuma Art Gallery newly opened Ichigaya location is featuring a selection of recent works by Hisashi Tenmyouya—a Neo Nihonga painter who brings together traditional Japanese art and contemporary Western aesthetic (including Hip Hop). Tenmyouya’s elegant, extravagant and elaborate designs show the familiar Edo warrior images through a prism of anachronistically hip drama. This, of course, only adds to the well-rehearsed complexity—the five paintings based on Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings” strike a perfect balance of pattern and narrative. The dynamic bombast of the figures is almost Baroque, and the effect is amplified by stereoscopic finish of the works. All the objects on view are mixed media, combining acrylic, gold leaf, fabrics and wood. There is tension in Tenmyouya: the scale, bold designs, even the works’ placement in the galleries stand poised to overwhelm. Yet the threat never materializes because for all their elegance and extravagance his paintings remain decoratively hermetic.
The exhibition will be on through the end of January.