Keiichi Chigasaki

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Work1 Title: Mermaid Series Year: 2015 Materials: panel, cotton, acrylic Dimensions: H 12 W 6 D 1 Work2 Title: Mermaid Series Year: 2015 Materials: panel, cotton, acrylic Dimensions: H 10 W 8 D 1 Work3 Title: Mermaid Series Year: 2014 Materials: panel, cotton, acrylic Dimensions: H 12 W 9 D 1 Work4 Title: Mermaid Series Year: 2015 Materials: panel, cotton, acrylic Dimensions: H 12 W 9 D 1 Work5 Title: Mermaid Series Year: 2014 Materials: panel, cotton, acrylicDimensions: H 20 W 16 D 1

Statement:

Through his artworks, Keiichi wants to connect his viewers not only to his paintings, but also to the world. In order to establish this connection and to prevent viewers from dwelling only on the superficial features of the work, the artwork should have an element of depth.

His paintings are not very big. The size of a painting has two different purposes. A large painting brings the element of surprise and astonishment to the viewer, whereas a small painting allows the viewer to build a connection with the painting and communicate with it. Keiichi prefers to make small paintings in order to pack small cosmos in a jewel box. Keiichi creates his world this way.

What Keiichi hopes to express through his works is uncertainty and a sense of emptiness. Although his paintings consist of many eye-catching elements, such as mermaids and hamburgers, his purpose is not only to make works that are fun and adorable. He wants to open a gateway to understanding his works by having viewers engage in deep-thought through the several elements discussed below.

Mermaids, mythical creatures, are chosen as the focal point of this painting series to express uncertainty and a sense of vacancy.

Hamburgers, with its many intricate layers, represent our world and the complexity of our current society. Transforming inanimate objects into eternal ideas is the basis of artwork creation.

Masterpieces of art history are the biggest inspiration for Keiichi’s works. The basis of his works are founded on his appreciation of Mannerism paintings, Barbizon school paintings, Muromachi period paintings, and Kamakura period sculptures. They define what a good artwork is and the elements that attract people to them for centuries. Keiichi believes a good artwork is like the wonders of the world that exists for over centuries and still brings people a sense of awe and wonder. Keiichi wants to produce artworks of this nature as he wants to leave behind a legacy. This is why he is an artist.

Resume:

August 2008 Art Student Exhibition 2008 (ISE Cultural Foundation, New York)
September 2008 geisha#11 (Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo)
December 2008
THE SIX (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo)
SHADOWY TALE (gallery ni modo, Aoyama, Tokyo)
November 2009 “HAPPY HOUR!!” (ISE Front Space, New York)
December 2009 New York Japan-US Art Students Award Winners Commemorative Exhibition, young artists supported by Ise Cultural Foundation (TAMADA PROJECTS, Tsukishima, Tokyo)
January 2012 Documentary [WORK1766] NODA Hiroji 1981-2011(Tokyo Art Center, Tokyo)
January 2013 Documentary [Artist File 2013](Tokyo Art Center, Tokyo)

Place: WOODSIDE NY

Contact: chigasaki.keiichi1206@gmail.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/chigasakikeiichiwebsite/works/painting