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b. 1936, Japan

Tsuyoshi Maekawa Biography

Tsuyoshi Maekawa's paintings are not to be interpreted as direct representations of something. They're without any reference other than the act of their creation. Maekawa's process includes randomly placing pieces of a jute rice bag onto a canvas, then cutting, sewing and folding the material. He pours whole cans of coloured enamel paint over it. He does this without having a preliminary concept in mind; the act of intuitively creating the work itself is more important than and determining for final result. The brightly coloured textures of the work make it dynamic and show the fighting spirit of the artist. The abstract images they create can be associated with the beauty of true nature, but the artist insists on the viewer making his own associations, which can be very different from the artist's personal view.

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Maekawa's works are very tactile. One could say that the visual impression of his work is extracted from its tactility. The viewer sees his paintings the way he feels them. The sensitive interpretation of Maekawa's paintings does not stop at their surface, which only acts like a skin, hiding a much deeper and less straightforward level of interpretation.

Text courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery.

Tsuyoshi Maekawa Featured Artworks

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Work 151062 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi MaekawaWork 151062, 2002Panel, linen, stitching, acrylic
162.1 x 130.3 cm
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Untitled 141201 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled 141201, 1991Burlap and oil on canvas
165 x 165 cm
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Untitled 171001 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting, textile
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled 171001, 1985Burlap and cotton cloth on panel
116.7 x 91 cm
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Untitled 160433 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting, textile
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled 160433, 2010Acrylic and sewing on cotton cloth
80 x 100 cm
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Untitled by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled, 2018Sewn burlap and acrylic
100 x 80 cm
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Work by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi MaekawaWork, 1964Jute, oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
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Untitled by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork mixed media
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled, 1978Hemp cloth and sewing
162 x 130 cm
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Untitled by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi MaekawaUntitled, 1958Burlap, oil paint
53 x 66 cm
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Tsuyoshi Maekawa Recent Exhibitions

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Tsuyoshi Maekawa Represented By

Axel Vervoordt Gallery contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, Hong Kong
Whitestone Gallery contemporary art gallery in Taipei, Taiwan Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong, Taipei

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