Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work — largely acrylics on canvas or paper — includes a sense of interest, mystery and secrecy that brings the audience in and needs an additional look. There’s also a sense of lightness, activity and flying that appears to suggest fleeting glimpses of some thing impermanent. At the same time frame, a strong implication is carried by his art of suffering order and of history.
His colors are subdued but energetic, and a paper-cut collage is suggested by much of the work. People, mainly men, and animals, particularly horses, fill his art, and even yet in the abstracts, there’s a touch of a watch, a side, a presence just beyond the immediate first glance. The effect of delicate whimsy and the implication of history make his work accessible and attractive, the audience isn’t hit with firm solutions. One is left by having an strangely comfortable feeling of incomprehension.
Tomokazu Matsuyama was created in Tokyo in 1976. He’s a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Ny and the Sophia University in Tokyo. He works and lives in Nyc. He’s held solo exhibitions in Ny, Bay Area, Tokyo and Osaka and participated in several shows and installations all over the world. He’s also caused well-known manufacturers including Levi’s and Nike and Adidas.