June 8 (Thu.) – July 1(Sat.), 2023
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed on SUN, MON, and holidays)
Opening Reception: June 8 (Thu.) 18:00~19:00
Free admission and No Reservation Required
The Parklex Ningyocho 1F, 7-1 Nihonbashi-Tomizawacho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0006
We are pleased to announce the solo exhibition “about a portrait” by contemporary artist Keisuke Masuda at tagboat gallery.
Keisuke Masuda, recipient of the Tomio Koyama Award at the 8th TAGBOAT AWARD, has gained popularity for his simple and pure portraits enveloped in a unique soft ambiance.
The women depicted in his artworks are not real individuals but fictional figures created by covering handmade torsos with clothes and accessories personally purchased by the artist, combining facial features. Employing a technique known as “mon-chu-mon,” where similar motifs nest within a specific motif, Masuda elaborates on the angles and composition of each portrait.
These non-existent portraits are carefully and meticulously painted in the style of traditional Western portraiture and serve as prototypes that explore new ways of positioning portraits in today’s technologically advanced era of photography.
In his first solo exhibition at tagboat, Keisuke Masuda will exhibit and sell mainly oil paintings and pencil drawings. We invite you to witness these artworks that establish a two-dimensional realm departing from realism.
1981 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2006 Completed graduate studies in Art Education, Saitama University
2010 Completed graduate studies in oil painting, Aichi University of the Arts
2012 Participated in Shodoshima Artist-in-Residence (Shodoshima, Kagawa)
2021 “portrait of” (LIGHTHOUSE GALLERY/Tokyo)
2018 “ghost portrait” (S.Y.P/Tokyo)
2017 “picture in picture” (Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo)
2016 “Another Girl Another Ground” (GALLERY MoMo Projects / Tokyo)
“Keisuke Masuda Exhibition” (Ito Bijyutsuten/ Nagoya)
2013 “water colors” (Gallery garaku/Nagoya)
Major group and public exhibitions
2022 Art Fair GINZA tagboat x MITSUKOSHI (Ginza Mitsukoshi / Tokyo)
30 Faces 2022 (REIJINSHA GALLERY / Tokyo)
CORE part8 (Hankyu MEN’S TOKYO tagboat / Tokyo)
2019 Ibitsu Ten (SAIHODO GALLERY / Tokyo)
2013 8th Tugboat Award (Setagaya Monozukuri Gakko / Tokyo)
2012 interaction vol.1 (GALLERY MoMo Roppongi / Tokyo)
2011 Tokyo Wonder Wall Open Call 2011 (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
New=laid eggs vol.2 (GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo)
2010 Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2010 (Marunouchi Gyoko-dori Underground, Tokyo)
Montblanc Young Artist Patronage (Ginza Montblanc, Tokyo)