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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Hideaki Kawashima

Hideaki Kawashima

1969 Born in Aichi, Japan

1991 BA, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan
Solo exhibitions
2011 ”Turning” Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Wandering" Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
"convolvulus" Michael Ku
Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

 "wavering" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (May 17-Jun 7)

"mutability" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Shadow Monk" Project Room / Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo,

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Kawashima's paintings are filled with luminous lips and marble-like eyes. He's interested in the features of people that are burned into our memories. His focus is studies of feminine heads with piercing eyes. Crafted with pristine realism, these works have ventured into the gothic, enchanted, and carefree territory. Abstracted, simply but fetchingly, with contours of balloon-shaped heads and wisps of hair, the figures are delicate and dainty, but powerful.

Kawashima, who studied with Yoshimoto Nara and served a two-year stint as a Buddhist monk, is no stranger to the strange. Influenced by Mark Ryden and Pierre et Gilles, he and his otherworldly figures plot out an ethereal vision that is gaining popularity throughout Asia, Europe, and now in the States — seducing with eyes, lips, and all.

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