Dazaifu Tenmangu Artprogram vol.7 Tomoyuki Kambe “Innocent World”

2011.12.25 - 2012.05.13
Tomoyuki Kambe

“Innocent World” refers to the activity of the small life forms in the natural world.

Kambe’s method is something he created on his own through diligent study while following classical techniques and methods. By building up multiple layers of color, very thin washi Japanese-style paper, and more color on a foundation of metal leaf, he creates a unique sense of space and sense of distance, in which small subjects are depicted in fresh new ways.

Grounded in the traditional spirit of Japan, this worldview also is infused with the Shinto concept that Shinto deities (Kamis) are present in everything. The life depicted single-mindedly spreading across the picture, created using mineral pigments, reminds us of our own everyday activities in life.

This exhibition introduced a number of new works created by Kambe on natural themes from the grounds of Dazaifu Tenmangu, including plums and Japanese iris, from his time studying at the shrine in 2010 and 2011.

A Moment of Eternity (a pair of 4-fold screens)
Shape of Contentment
Shape of Contentment
Reflected Mist
Like a Prayer (a pair of 2-fold screens/ front) Reaching Out (a pair of 2-fold screens/ back)

Courtesy of the artist

Tomoyuki Kambe

Born in 1975 in Gifu, Japan. After the graduation from Tama Art University in 1999, he elected as a 9th Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation scholarship student. Graduated from Tama Art University, M.F.A Tokyo in 2001. As the Japanese culture Affaires abroad training member, he studied in Boston from 2008 to 2009. Thereafter he held ‘DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow 2010’ Exhibition (The Achievements of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists), The National Art Center, Tokyo, in 2010. He held numerous exhibitions such as ‘Top Runners - Young Japanese Painters’, Takasaki Tower Art Museum, Gunma, in 2011; ‘Innocent World’, Sato Art Museum, Tokyo, in 2011 etc.