Juxtaposed: Japanese “Autumn Bliss” comes to London

By Jo Phillips

Eastern and Western cultures have always been juxtaposed to one another. This week we get to encounter this through the work of Kyosuke Tchinai. Having shown at four Paris exhibitions over the last eleven years, London is very much ready to experience this artist’s celebration of the female form through traditional 16th century Japanese traditional painting.

Iles en fête

Iles en fête

Developing his own aesthetic through the exploration of the Momoyama era and the sensuous nature of his muses, Tchinai’s work achieves a level of surrealism. Whilst most would apply precious metals delicately, the artist very fearlessly applies them in blocks creating a patchwork effect, which is utilized as a background contrasting his still life.

Cerisier sur la mer

Cerisier sur la mer

His work mesmerizingly projects a strong fragility. The two complement each other through many contrasts and overall illustrate a comforting unity of an imaginary reality. The eerie contrast between east and west guide us through kimonos and exotic creatures and captivate us enough to notice every single intricate detail that Kyosuke Tchinai desires to share with us.

Fête du feu

Fête du feu

Born in 1949 in Namikata Ohchi, Japan, Kyosuke Tchinai studied at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He won the “Excellence Prize” in 1988 at the Japanese young artists exhibition and had his first solo exhibition in 2002 at the Parisian Galerie Taménaga ‘Tchinai Poésie Orientale’. London will be receiving the pleasure to view his ‘Autumn Bliss‘ at the Gallery Elena Shchukina from the 21st of November till the 25th of January.