Gunma, b.1985

Tatsuhito Horikoshi

Tatsuhito HORIKOSHI received a scholarship in 2005 and graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the Tama Art University in 2010, with a major in painting. Since then annually, he has held solo exhibitions consecutively in Japan. The artist has exhibited in group exhibitions and international art fairs in France, Korea, Hong Kong, Taipei and Japan.

Working from memory and imagination, Horikoshi uses portrait painting as a medium to introspectively examine and reflect social dynamics. His characters are lucidly influenced by his lifelong exposure to manga, animation and illustration. The facial features are 2D, it is apparent that neither his conscious nor his subconscious competence will allow him to draw anything but relatively flat manga-like portraits. When the artist paints a self-portrait, this is never obvious, as he will...

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Biography

Tatsuhito HORIKOSHI received a scholarship in 2005 and graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the Tama Art University in 2010, with a major in painting. Since then annually, he has held solo exhibitions consecutively in Japan. The artist has exhibited in group exhibitions and international art fairs in France, Korea, Hong Kong, Taipei and Japan.

Working from memory and imagination, Horikoshi uses portrait painting as a medium to introspectively examine and reflect social dynamics. His characters are lucidly influenced by his lifelong exposure to manga, animation and illustration. The facial features are 2D, it is apparent that neither his conscious nor his subconscious competence will allow him to draw anything but relatively flat manga-like portraits. When the artist paints a self-portrait, this is never obvious, as he will use disguises and his characters often display awkward posture or setting with abstract objects or a prop that leads to an underlying narrative.

Gathering his inspiration from hedonistic elements of society, he avoids popular culture whenever possible. His artworks represent a gentle quality as well as a revolutionary spirit. The portraits have the essence of photographic portraits. Either headshots or family pictures the characters are framed and positioned with figure[s] in the foreground, emphasising the look and feel of a profile picture or portrait photo. The artist’s fondness for photographs comes from the emotional reaction when looking at a photograph, a reaction he rarely experiences when looking artworks and keeps this firmly in mind when working on his paintings.

Horikoshi opts to draw his characters to exist with bodies that often have an air of indistinct and ambiguous figuration. This echoes his introspective feeling to our human foundations in society. Are we happy with our personality or are we striving to please others. Do we ultimately want to be someone else? His artworks do express sorrow to some extent, yet each portrait has a complex and ambivalent idea the artist was originally driven by to create the work, reacting to a primal impulse. Although his portraits can be sorrowful, his characters have an air of stylishness. His artworks are a reflection of the artist inner vision of himself, who he believes his really is. One can understand his core feelings by studying his work.

Taking on loneliness in modern society, the artist finds himself looking inward, while making a conscious effort to avoid subjects of disparity. His artworks are relatable, scratching the surface of social conditions; the narratives often have a potent emotional quotient and reflect distinct aspects of society. Through this process we are able to see results that tell stories of the pure and impure. Horikoshi mindfully embodies his portraits with the souls of the more enlightened of people he has met or admires and also comments on the impure in this theory. When studying this reality, the viewer can share in his introspective universe.

Artworks

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Feeling good, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Animation/Cartoon/Comic Books / Art of the 2010s / Asian Art / Canvas / Contemporary Asian Art / Contemporary Japanese Art / Dreamlike Imagery / Family and Friend / Figurative Painting / Japan / Japanese Art / Memories / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Portrait Painting / Reality and Fantasy/Illusion/Imagination / Young / Emerging Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2010

    MFA, Tama Art University major in painting

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Imagination before sleep, Shinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

  • 2017

    Silent painting, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

  • 2016

    The little boy looking at me, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    #8ARTISTS, A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    NAKANOJO BIENNLE 2017, Gunma

  • Resonance effect, 2nd634 Gallery, Tokyo

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Education

  • 2010

    MFA, Tama Art University major in painting

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Imagination before sleep, Shinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

  • 2017

    Silent painting, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

  • 2016

    The little boy looking at me, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Portraits of Someone, Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo

  • Far Away Town, Pensee Gallery, Gunma

  • 2014

    Snow in Summer, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

  • 2013

    You are so cool, Ohshima Fine Art, Tokyo

  • 2012

    Dramatic, Turner Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2011

    STRANGER IN PARADISE, Shinjuku Ganka Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2010

    Tragicomedy of life, Kinosho Kikaku, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    #8ARTISTS, A2Z Art Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2017

    NAKANOJO BIENNLE 2017, Gunma

  • Resonance effect, 2nd634 Gallery, Tokyo

  • Soshite Hirogaru, Shinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Staring for Existence, THZ Gallery, Yingge

  • 2015

    The secret pleasure which is art, Tomioka municipal museum of fine arts, Gunma

  • Artistic Christmas Vol.XI, Shinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

  • EvolutionKINOSHO, KIKAKU, Tokyo

  • NAKANOJO BIENNLE 2015, Gunma

  • Beautiful dreams, Buttchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei

  • Infinity Japan, Taichung Zhonggang, Taichung

  • 2014

    Anohitono Konomimono, Shinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

  • 7 Types, Matsuzakaya, Nagoya

  • A Tense Moment, Keumchon Gallery, Seoul

  • Reborn, KINOSHO KIKAKU, Tokyo

  • Japon, Abbaye Saint Andre Centre d’Art Contemporain, France

  • 2013

    Square and Square, AKIBATAMABI 21, Tokyo

  • Contemporary Art Ⅲ, Akutsu Gallery, Gunma

  • Mr. I /Mr. W Collection, Akutsu Gallery, Gunma

  • NAKANOJO BIENNLE 2013, SATORI, Gunma

  • 2012

    ASYAAF, Culture Station Seoul 284

  • Art Revolution Taipei, 2012 Taipei

  • Illumination, Gallery LVS, Seoul

  • Contemporary Art 2-New Artists, Akutsu Gallery, Gunma

  • 4 Painters of JAPAN-I'm here, Buttchart International Contemporary Art Space, Taipei

  • 5th Art_icle Award a Winner Exhibition, Turner Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2011

    A HIDDEN VIEWPOINT, SAKuRA GALLERY, Tokyo

  • Unknown Possibility07, Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery, Tokyo

  • Mr. I /Mr. W Collection, Akutsu Gallery, Gunma

  • Resonance Effect, Kinosho Kikaku,Tokyo

  • NAKANOJO BIENNALE 2011, SAMA Studio, Gunma

  • 2010

    GEISAI TAIWAN#2, Taipei

Collections

  • Pigozzi Collection, Switzerland

  • Mr. I Collection, Japan

  • Nishiji Collection, Japan