Kafuku: Exhibition of Shinya Tamai's Japanese Paintings Jun. 25 (Thu.) to Jul. 1 (Wed.)
Shinya Tamai carries on the traditions of Japanese painting (Nihonga) while also infusing his works with unique aesthetics and sensibilities and applying sophisticated techniques to create highly original art and dynamic presentations. The artist will be showcasing such works at this solo exhibition. Tamai's paintings, made on hand-dyed washi traditional paper that imparts a texture reminiscent of classical paintings, depict subjects widely used since ancient times including dragons, the Chinese phoenix and other mythical creatures, as well as tigers, cranes, rabbits, goldfish, frogs and more, each with its own fascinating expression. These animals and mythical beasts mimic humans in comical ways, and every painting seems to weave its own tale for the viewer to enjoy. Tamai's works have gained numerous fans in Japan, and they have also received high praise overseas at art fairs and similar events. For this exhibition, the artist is showcasing 30 new works. The exhibition's theme, kafuku, means "long years, long life, great happiness, and eternal joy." In following with this idea, Tamai has devoted his utmost efforts to creating depictions of the Chinese phoenix, the dragon, the mythical kirin chimera-like beast, and others in pursuit of long-lasting joy and happiness.