Tamihito Yoshikawa is a Japanese artist, born in Chiba in 1965. He graduated from the Musashino College of Fine Arts in 1991. From 1995 to 1996, he worked for the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. From 2009 onto 2011, he was a part-time lecturer at the Musashino College of Fine Arts.
Since the early 1990s, renowned Japanese galleries have organized his monographic exhibitions and museums are now starting to display his work. The artist has taken part in major group shows such as The Royal Ueno no Mori exhibition in 1996 (Japan), or at the Shanghaï Museum in 1998 (China), or even the National Museum of China in Beijing in 2004. His artworks are also on view at the Tokyo International Contemporary Art Fair, at the Seiji Togo memorial Yasudai Kasai Museum of Art (Japan) or in Basel (Switzerland).
Beyond the apparent sobriety and simplicity of his works, Tamihito Yoshikawa questions Japan’s socio-political and ecological model. The 1990s have opened Japanese culture to self-expression and improvisation.
The artist involves his five physical senses into the creation of each of his works to express his feelings towards the natural elements which make him feel alive. His sight explores the changing colours of the sky or the fields. His hearing perceives the singing of birds, waterfalls and wind. His touch offers a sensual contact with trees, water and dirt. His sense of smell captures the scent of flowers and pine trees. His taste links his others senses.
Starting from a monochromatic base, the artist works on the paint layers by successive steps. Harmoniously mixing colours on his palette, he sweeps the canvas with horizontal movements, using a large palette knife. The difference in pressure applied on the canvas exposes the superimposed paint layers and creates a depth. After many sweepings, Yoshikawa incises the paint layers with a tree branch or scatters impastos on the surface, as a kind of signature.
Results of a mastered technique, and created from what seems to be an accidental happening, Yoshikawa’s works awake a feeling of peace and serenity in the viewer, inviting him to dream and let his mind wander.