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“Hide & Seek”, a solo exhibition by Mayuka Yamamoto

《捉迷藏》山本麻友香個展

Art Projects Gallery proudly presents “Hide & Seek”, a solo exhibition by renowned Japanese artist, Mayuka Yamamoto, featuring her latest works.

"Hide & Seek" solo exhibition by Mayuka Yamamoto | 《捉迷藏》山本麻友香個展

“Hide & Seek” solo exhibition by Mayuka Yamamoto | 《捉迷藏》山本麻友香個展

Art Projects Gallery proudly presents “Hide & Seek”, a solo exhibition by renowned Japanese artist, Mayuka Yamamoto, featuring her latest works.

Yamamoto (b.1964, Okayama, Japan) is known for her oil paintings portraying children in animal suits or possessing animal features, as a way to reveal their inner world. Like a protective armor in response to their emotions and psychological state, they seem to instinctively hide behind a second skin in the form of animal costumes or some other defensive physical animalistic features. In some of the pieces, Yamamoto also paints settings inspired by nature, further enhancing the contemplative space into which the subject seems to find solace in the dreamlike natural habitat.

Yamamoto’s oil paintings often appear reticent and introspective. At first glance, the child characters in Yamamoto’s works seem to be devoid of any emotion or facial expression, that when juxtaposed against the subtle ambience settings painted in soft, muted color tones, exude an aura of otherworldly calm and demeanor that belie their true emotional and psychological states.

(From left)Snow Leopard, 2013, Oil on canvas, 65x53cm, Red Sweater, 2014, Oil on canvas, 131x97cm, Bat Boy, 2012, Oil on canvas, 80x100cm

(From left)Snow Leopard, 2013, Oil on canvas, 65x53cm, Red Sweater, 2014, Oil on canvas, 131x97cm, Bat Boy, 2012, Oil on canvas, 80x100cm

(From left) Polar Bear, 2008, Oil on canvas, 117x91cm; Two Wolves, 2016, Oil on canvas, 100x73cm, Snowy Day, 2014, Oil on canvas, 97x131cm

(From left) Polar Bear, 2008, Oil on canvas, 117x91cm; Two Wolves, 2016, Oil on canvas, 100x73cm, Snowy Day, 2014, Oil on canvas, 97x131cm

The subtle tension portrayed in Yamamoto’s works becomes a powerful expression of the inner psyche stemming from childhood fears, that has been the central focus of Yamamoto’s works since her pregnancy in 2002 when she began to reflect on her own childhood and explored the ideas of natural instinct, parenthood and the anxieties related to growing up. A boy in an animal suit, and sometimes growing animal features, became Yamamoto’s way of representing the physical and psychological changes experienced by the child. Cloaked in the protective skin of the animal suit, or armed with defensive animal features such as deer antlers, the child stares out at the audience, who might connect emotionally, or even find themselves within the depths of the pensive eyes of the child in Yamamoto’s works.

Two Penguins, 2009, oil on canvas, 146x112cm (Background), Three Trees, 2015, Snow Dome. 12x6x6cm, Limited Edition of 150.

Two Penguins, 2009, oil on canvas, 146x112cm (Background),
Three Trees, 2015, Snow Dome. 12x6x6cm, Limited Edition of 150.

Bird, 2012, oil on canvas, 146x112cm (Background), Three Trees, 2015, Snow Dome. 12x6x6cm, Limited Edition of 150.

Bird, 2012, oil on canvas, 146x112cm (Background),
Three Trees, 2015, Snow Dome. 12x6x6cm, Limited Edition of 150.

Yamamoto is widely recognized as one of Japan’s leading second-generation contemporary artist. She studied print and oil painting at the Musashino Art University where she received her Masters degree in 1990. In 1998-1999, Yamamoto studied in London under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Since 1992, she has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in Japan and internationally.

Exhibition Duration
10 Mar – 3 Apr 2016
Open Daily: 1pm – 8pm

Venue
ART PROJECTS GALLERY
Unit S510, 5/F, Block A, PMQ
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

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