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"SHUHEI MATSUYAMA: SHIN-ON PAINTINGS"
2004-12-09 until 2005-12-29
Chelsea Art Museum
New York, NY,
USA United States of America
is a selection of the Shin-On (the sounds) paintings
made between 1990 and 2004. The focal point of the exhibition will be a monumental, quasi
mural painting, titled Shin-on (the sounds) 04130, 1.5m x 10 m (5’ 2.5” x 32‘10”), a magnificent work
which represents one of Matsuyama’s greatest and newest pictorial expressions. Created especifically
for this exhibition, it resonates through its texture and design, but mostly through color, with its
soft pinks blues and whites, making a wonderful sound characteristic of Matsuyamas’ best works.
Since 1993, Matsuyama collaborated with six different musicians who have composed music based
on his painting. This music, complementing matsuyamas' paintings, will be playing during the show.
Born in Tokyo in 1955, Shuhei Matsuyama moved to Italy in 1976 to continue his studies. His work
over the last 20 years, is described as a new pictorial romanticism. His position between two
universes, the east and the west, allows him to explore this direction, at once pictorial and spiritual, as
if for the first time. Grouped together under the name of the Japanese ideogram Shin-on, he is
synthesizing two experiences, at first sight paradoxical, at the heart of his art: that of painting and
that of sound. Shin-on is painting as the visual horizon of acoustics. It is the challenge of synthesizing
and balancing two worlds that are a priori incompatible that he is taking up in each work: the intrinsic
silence of the painting and its possible openings into the dimension of sound. Sound- in its highest
form, that of transcendent, spiritual music- and its visual representation.
Shuhei Matsuyama had his first solo show in 1979 in Perugia at the antique Palazzo dei Priori. He
continued his artistic activities in Perugia where he held further exhibitions in 1980 and 1982. In 1986
Matsuyama exhibited in Rieti and, in 1987, both in Rieti and at the Palace of City in Latina. During the
nineties Matsuyama started exhibiting in Milan in 1991 at the Enrico Gariboldi gallery. In 1992 the artist
held exhibitions in Venice and in Tokyo (Espace Takarashi). The following year the artist returned to
Venice with a show at the Arts Center of S. Apollonia. In 1994 his reputation as a noted artist and a full
time exhibitor became firmly established through exhibitions in Bologna, Tokyo (the Informuse), and in
Milan. The last of his three exhibitions in Milan opened at the Microbrera gallery. Called "Shin-on '94
micro world" it was an overwhelming success. In August 2004 Matsuyama had his first solo show in
NYC at the Durst Organization’s Lobby Gallery at 1155 Avenue of the Americas. The works of the artist
are present in important public and private collections.
The artist, with his wife and three children, lives and works in Milan.
Matsuyama is represented in Europe and in the United States by Stararte Gallery.