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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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Untitled (1906105) by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Untitled (1906105), 1985 Sewn hemp cloth and cotton cloth and acrylic
130 x 162 cm
Axel Vervoordt Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled (180933) by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Untitled (180933), 2018 Sewn burlap and acrylic
130 x 97 cm
Axel Vervoordt Gallery Contact Gallery
Work 151062 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Work 151062, 2002 Panel, linen, stitching, acrylic
162.1 x 130.3 cm
Whitestone Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled 141201 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Untitled 141201, 1991 Burlap and oil on canvas
165 x 165 cm
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Untitled 171001 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting, textile
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Untitled 171001, 1985 Burlap and cotton cloth on panel
116.7 x 91 cm
Whitestone Gallery Contact Gallery
Untitled 160433 by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting, textile
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Untitled 160433, 2010 Acrylic and sewing on cotton cloth
80 x 100 cm
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Work by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Work, 1964 Jute, oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
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Work by Tsuyoshi Maekawa contemporary artwork painting
Tsuyoshi Maekawa Work, 1963 Oil and burlap on canvas
162 x 131 x 7.2 cm
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Tsuyoshi Maekawa Recent & 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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