Japanese artist Kinjo Toshiki, aka KINJO was born in 1990. The artist grew up in Tokyo since childhood. As loving skateboarding, KINJO uses street graffiti elements as a basement, combines abstractionism, impressionism, light and shadow elements to create different series of works, such as Eyes Shining in the Dark, Colorful Snake and Oatmeal package. The fuzzy contour and childlike lines show the artist's avant-garde creative style.Read More
The artist is good at social observation. He notices that the number of exposures to corporate advertisements and product visuals flooded by various media far exceeds opportunities to visit art exhibitions in his daily life. Based on the creation of the 'cereal', a rare western product in childhood memory, and developing the 'cereal packaging' series. KINJO attempts to re-examine the relationship between prints, paintings, design, and art in modern society.
'From your own standpoint, relax and re-examine the long-pending problems.' — KINJO
The 'Eyes Shining in the Dark' series of works, which presented in an abstract style, are derived from KINJO's childhood memories. When KINJO was a child, Grandparents often gave the artist some American or foreign goods that he had never seen before. These items impressed the artist. The 'Eyes Shining in the Dark' series uses peculiar symbols and abstract concepts, through repetitive actions and colours on 'drawing and covering' to reconcile each other. The skills make the image feel like shaking as if memory is projected through the artwork. The series of works try to convey that everyone has a stage where they are quite concerned about the opinions from others. Yet when you try to face the viewpoints that you fear, you will find that you are not as fearful as you think. In the current era of tense environment, image pressure, and the flood of public opinion, artists have also put forward a life philosophy such explosions information era: From your own standpoint, relax and re-examine the long-pending problems.
Text courtesy Gin Huang Gallery.