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Painter Natsunosuke Mise

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Natsunosuke Mise 

1973  Born in Nara Prefecture

1997  B.F.A., in Nihonga (Japanese-Style Painting), Kyoto City University of Art

1999  M.F.A., in Painting, Kyoto City University of Art

2007-8 Gotoh Memorial Foundation trainee ,Florence / Italy

 

■ Residence

1998 Imadate Art Center, Fukui

2000 Wangsan Art Center, Korea

2007 Ohara Museum of Art ,Okayama

2008 Shenzhen Fine Art Institute ,China

 

■Awards

1997  "Kyoto City University of Arts Graduation Exhibition" Yamaguchi Prize

2002  “The 2nd Triennial Competition in Toyohashi Seeking the Artists of Tomorrow,”

     Award of Shingo Hoshino, Toyohashi City Museum Art and History, Aichi

2006   Gotoh Memorial Foundation Award: Young Artist Prize

2009  VOCA Prize

 

■Public collections

Toyohashi City Museum Art and History , Agency for Cultural Affairs

The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Ohara Museum of Art

 

■Selected solo exhibitions

1999   Blue Nile,Osaka Gallery Artislong, Kyoto

2000  Evangile, Kyoto OZC Gallery, Osaka

2000   Ono Gallery Kyobashi, Tokyo Huyuu Dairiten, Nara

2002  Art Space Kami-Sanjyo, Nara Naramachi Monogatari-Kan, Nara

2003  neutron B1gallery, Kyoto Huyuu Dairiten, Nara

2004  neutron B1 gallery, Kyoto Gallery Miyasaka, Tokyo

2005  gallery neutron, Kyoto  Art Space Kami-Sanjyo, Nara Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo

2006  Gallery Miyasaka, Tokyo gallery Ray,Nagoya Bunkamura gallery Arts & Crafts,Tokyo

    Street gallery,Kobe gallery neutron, Kyoto Art Interactive Tokyo

2007  gallery Ray,Nagoya gallery neutron,Kyoto gallery meihodo blanc,Nagoya  Ohara Museum of Art,Okayama

2008  atelier underword,Firenze Italy gallery neutron  imura art gallery

2009  The Sato Museum of Art

 

■Selected group exhibitions

1996  “Spring Soga Exhibition ,” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art [‘98、‘00]

1997  “Soga Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art [‘99]

1998  “The 16th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition,” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and The Museum of Kyoto

     “Hitotsubo-ten,” Guardian Garden, Tokyo [‘01]  “Imadate Art Camp,” Imadate Art Center, Fukui

1999  “6 direction,” Artislong Gallery, Kyoto  “Psychological,” Pepper’s Gallery, Tokyo

2000  “The 18th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition,” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and The Museum of Kyoto

    “The 29th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

    “The 14th Contemporary Japanese Painting Exhibition,” Ube City Cultural Hall, Yamaguchi

    “Open Air Sculpture Art Exhibition in Tataraki,” Aasago Art Village, Hyogo

    “Wangsan International Art Festival,” Invited participant, Wangsan Art Center, Korea

2001  “Experimental Art Random,” Gallery coco, Kyoto

     “The 19th Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Art Exhibition,” Tokiwa Kosui Hall, Yamaguchi

2002  “See a crevie,” Huyuu Dairiten, Nara and Gallery Amanto, Osaka  “A light in the dark” Huyuu Dairiten, Nara

    “Diversify value,” Hira Art Museum, Shiga

     “The 2nd Triennial Competition in Toyohashi Seeking the Artists of Tomorrow” Toyohashi City Museum Art and History, Aichi

2003  “something nothing,” Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto and Huyuu Dairiten, Nara

     “Kikei” Art Space Kami-Sanjyo, Nara  “Did Japanese style painting die?” Huyuu Dairiten, Nara

     “Sen,“ Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art [‘04]

2004  “100 pieces of Japanese style paintings exhibition,” Ishida Taisei Co. Hall, Kyoto  “Nara Rin Ten,” Nara Pref. Cultural Hall 

    “Imadate Contemporary Art Exhibition, ART CAMPER’S NOW,” Imadate Art Center, Fukui

    “The 2nd Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Nikkei Japanese style painting Award Exhibition,” The New Otani Art Museum, Tokyo

2005   “Japanize Japan,” neutron, Kyoto “Rashinban Selection 2005,” Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo

     “Japanese Painting Jack,” The Museum of Kyoto

    “The 3rd Triennial Competition in Toyohashi Seeking the Artists of Tomorrow,” Toyohashi City Museum Art and History, Aichi

     “Galerie Aube exhibition series,” Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design

2006  “MOT Annual 2006 ~No Border~“Modern Art Museum of Tokyo

    “Memories of Summer“Toyoshina Modern Art Museum,Nagano

    “The 8th Seturyo-sha Firenze Prize“Seturyo-sha Mseum,Niigata

    “The 3rd Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Nikkei Japanese style painting Award Exhibition,” The New Otani Art Museum, Tokyo

2007   “The Theory of Destruction "NIHON-GA"Chukyo University C-Square, Nagoya

    "Heisei17 and 18 Agency for Cultural Affairs Purchased Excellent Artwork Exhibition" The Japan Art Academy,Tokyo

2008  “Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection“ The National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo 

    "Mount Fuji: symbol of Japan in modern age" Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art

    "The 4th Triennial Competition in Toyohashi Seeking the Artists of Tomorrow" Toyohashi City Museum Art and History, Aichi

    "Excellent Painting Collection by Ohara Museum of Art" 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

     "Form, Idea, Essence and Rhythm: Contemporary East Asian Ink Painting" Taipei Fine Arts Museum ,Taiwan

    "6th Ink-Painting Biennale" Shenzhen Fine Art Institute ,China

2009  "VOCA 2009" The Ueno Royal Museum,Tokyo

 

 

 

 

Natsunosuke MISE Born on August 1 1973 in Nara prefecture. Graduated from Nihonga (Japanese-style Painting) Course, Fine Arts Division, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts, in March 1997. Finished Painting Course (Painting), Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Art, in March 1999. Triggered by his participating a group exhibition at Modern Art Museum of Tokyo, "MOT Annual 2006 ~No Border~" in January 2006, his name and artworks became widely known in Kanto-area as well as Kansai-area, his home ground. He was awarded New comer’s prize of art by The Gotoh Memorial Foundation in April 2006, has gone to Florence, Italy on March 27, 2007 and stayed there for about one year as an extra prize. He had temporarily returned to Japan in September 2007 in order to join "ARKO 2007", an artist-in-residence program by Ohara Museum of Art from September 15 to October 21. He had stayed to create artworks in Muisanso, a former atelier without electricity used by Torajiro Kojima, an oil painter. Then he had gone back to Florence, finally returned to Japan on March 7 2008. On November 11 2008 he had gone to China in order to join 6th Ink-Painting Biennale at Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, stayed there until December 13 2008 to create artworks. In January 2009, "Summer in Winter", his first solo-exhibition at museum, will be hold at The Sato Museum of Art. This title is derived from the words sent by Lorenzo, a poet born in Siena met in Florence. He is currently working as an art teacher at high school of Kansai Art College and delivering his artworks both in and out of Japan.

From my personal point of view, it is difficult to discuss his artworks. This is not because of the systematic refraction of "Japanese-style Painting" born as opposed to "Western-style Painting" in Meiji Period, which is his origin. He has been often referred to the recent discussion about "Japanese-style Painting", and he does not hesitate to express his opinion but rather outspeaks himself and provides opportunities for argument. (note) I do not think his artworks cannot be described mainly using a system called "Japanese-style Painting". His origin and artworks, words might be a ready target for art historians and critics who cannot help but talk about their own theories. These critics and his deliberation on the history of his home country can motivate him for creation. As a matter of fact, it is also difficult to ignore critic elements from his behaviors to name his artwork in which numerous Mount. Fujis are forested in the screen as "Painting of Japan" (Agency for Cultural Affairs, 2005). However, he knows he does not have to use painting if his purpose is just to criticize the system.

What attracts me the most is the texture of verdigris to remind me of rusty metal, dynamic screen generated from the method to patch up Japanese papers in a variety of size, his imaginative power to mix up motifs such as giant statues of Buddha, a Loch Ness monster, UFO and demons in an ordinary scenery of Nara, his hometown, or Florence where he has stayed. I have said that it is difficult to discuss his artworks, that is because of the amount of information in his artworks. After his stay in Italy in 2007, his artworks are substantially changing: from showy colors using gold leaf and mineral pigments to black-and-white using Japanese ink. Once he titled his solo-exhibition as "I would like to draw a picture", he wrote that "I will never give up painting until the day I die" in a catalogue to describe his residence in ARKO. It is obvious that the difficulty to keep painting in this period caused these words, nevertheless, I would like to keep eye on his future artworks. His artworks have the imperative power to provoke our desire to watch them.

                                              by Satoshi Koganezawa

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