Naoto Kawahara (Tokyo, 1971) is an artist based in Tokyo. After graduating industrial design school, Kawahara studied at the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence for four years. He has been creating paintings that reinterpret scenes extracted from classic masterpieces by artists such as Dürer, Balthus, Rembrandt and Munch. Through such 're-envisioned paintings', Kawahara pursues the theme of reflecting on archetypes of images valid today through old masters’ themes. He has participated in the group exhibition The Figure and Dr. Freud (Haunch of Venison, New York, 2009), Diana und Aktaion: Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit (Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, 2008), Attention to Detail (The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, 2008). His solo exhibitions have included Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo, 2003/20052008) and Zeno X Gallery (Antwerp, 2007).
Text courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
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