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Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Biography

Tokyo-based artist Akihiro Hasegawa burst onto the local contemporary art scene with his enchanting, vibrant portraits that reflect an ongoing consideration of pictorial space, composition, and time.

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Education

In 2020, Hasegawa commenced his postgraduate studies in the Department of Design at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Akihiro Hasegawa Artworks

Through his painting practice, Hasegawa explores the ways in which painterly concerns including time, space, and composition can be rendered. At the age of 10, Hasegawa entered the Buddhist priesthood at Saikyo Temple, Mount Hiei, and in 2019 he completed the Shidokegyo (Four Preliminary Practices). Hasegawa's practice is often read in the context of his commitment to Buddhism – in both its imagery and outlook.

An Accomplished Colourist

Hasegawa's paintings are distinguishable by their vivid colours. He frequently uses a contradictory colour palette, allowing his figures to pop on the canvas. Hasegawa uses a variety of mediums and substrates, including oil on canvas or acrylic plate. When working on acrylic plate, the artist paints on both sides of the translucent plate so as to generate a subtle three-dimensional effect.

Hasegawa's figures vary in their stylistic depiction, ranging from highly naturalistic portraits to unsettling, cartoon-like figures. Thick lines and neon tones allow ghostly, almost-glowing figures to float into the foreground. These fantastical distortions may reflect the artist's interest in the works of the early 20th-century Austrian Expressionist painter, Egon Schiele.

Public and Commercial Commissions

Hasegawa has produced numerous large-scale public artworks, including live paintings for Tokyo audiences. He has also worked on commercial collaborations, including a promotion for Docomo's car-share app for which he painted a car (2018), and working as art designer for a music video for Japanese singer Ringo Sheena (2019).

Exhibitions

Hasegawa has been the subject of both solo and group exhibitions.

Solo exhibitions include Yomogi & COMP, √K Contemporary, Tokyo (2022).

Select group exhibitions include Epic Painters Vol. 10: Portraits, THE blank GALLERY, Tokyo (2022); Kuma Exhibition 2022, ANB Tokyo (2022); ALT, MORIO Gallery, Tokyo (2021); DEPARTURE 2020, Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, Tokyo (2020).

Instagram

Akihiro Hasegawa's Instagram can be found here.

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Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏)
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Halo V by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Halo V, 2024 Oil on acrylic panel and wooden panel
194 x 162 x 4 cm
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The Four Encounters by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) The Four Encounters, 2024 Oil on acrylic panel and wooden panel
112 x 146 x 4 cm
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Sutra II by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Sutra II, 2024 Oil on acrylic panel and wooden panel
130 x 162 x 4 cm
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Sutra III by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Sutra III, 2024 Oil on acrylic panel and wooden panel
194 x 194 x 3 cm
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Untitled no.12 by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Untitled no.12, 2024 Resin, oil and acrylic panel
41 x 32 cm
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Nomura III by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Nomura III, 2024 Charcoal on canvas
100 x 100 cm
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Raigō VI by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Raigō VI, 2024 Pastel and charcoal on canvas
53 x 65 cm
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Halo I by Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) contemporary artwork painting
Akihiro Hasegawa (長谷川 彰宏) Halo I, 2024 Oil on acrylic panel and wooden panel
45 x 38 cm
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