Tenmyouya Hisashi Biography

Born in Tokyo in 1966, Tenmyouya Hisashi is contemporary Japanese artist whose painting practice is an amalgamation of traditional Japanese painting themes and techniques and Western Hip-Hop comtemporay culture. He calls this style of painting 'Neo Nihonga', or 'Neo Japanese Painting'. He began his painting career following a position as an art director at a record label and illustrator for an underground magazine. His Neo Nihonga painting features an ambiguous figure involved in a, sometimes violent, activity on a decorative gold background. In 2000 he developed a style called 'Butouha' which enabled him to demonstrate the resistance towards the authoritative art system, through his paintings. In 2010, he proposed another new painting style called 'Basara' which embodied the aesthetic of a Samurai warrior. He has been included in group shows since 1990. He has held a number of solo exhibitions since 2000, predominantly in Tokyo galleries but also at The Reed Space in New York. 

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Sword God by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting
Tenmyouya Hisashi Sword God, 2019 Black gesso and acrylic on wood panel
103 x 72.8 cm
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Spear God by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting
Tenmyouya Hisashi Spear God, 2019 Black gesso and acrylic on wood panel
103 x 72.8 cm
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Snow God by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Tenmyouya Hisashi Snow God, 2018 Black gesso, acrylic, and lacquer on wood panel
103 x 72.8 cm
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Robot Six-Hand Myouou by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting
Tenmyouya Hisashi Robot Six-Hand Myouou, 2016 Black gesso and acrylic on wood panel
200 x 145 cm
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Robot Aizen Myouou by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting
Tenmyouya Hisashi Robot Aizen Myouou, 2016 Black gesso and acrylic on wood panel
200 x 145 cm
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Rain God by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Tenmyouya Hisashi Rain God, 2018 Black gesso, acrylic, and lacquer on wood panel
91.5 x 82.1 cm
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Pop-Up Hyakki Yagyo on Rakuchu-Rakugaizu Screens by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Tenmyouya Hisashi Pop-Up Hyakki Yagyo on Rakuchu-Rakugaizu Screens, 2017 Acrylic, lacquer, nails, and paper on folding screen
172 x 377 cm
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Japanese Spirit No.18 by Tenmyouya Hisashi contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Tenmyouya Hisashi Japanese Spirit No.18, 2015–2021 Black gesso, acrylic, and gold leaf on wood panel
92 x 200 cm
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