Masahiko Minami’s charcoal and graphite minimalist landscapes on board are a study of dramatic contrast. As finely textured line creeps into bright channels of the bare panel, his landscapes present a tension between absence and depth, reflection and contemplation.
About the artist
Born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1968, Masahiko Minami received his Master’s from Musashino Art University. Minami works with charcoal and graphite to create minimalist landscapes in dramatic contrast. As finely textured line creeps into bright channels of the bare panel, his landscapes present a tension between absence and depth, reflection and contemplation. The bright white waterways so central to his work appear impenetrable, yet Minami believes that though “what we cannot see is hidden in the depth of the water… our vanity and feelings are reflected on its surface.” He states, “I do my artwork with the prayer that peace comes to the mind of each restless traveler reflecting upon the mystery of water.”
Minami lives and works in Tokyo. He has actively exhibited his work in solo exhibitions throughout Tokyo since 2008. In addition, he has also exhibited his work in group shows in Tokyo and participated in international art fairs in Hong Kong, Korea, Norway and Tokyo. Named first runner up in the 2019 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program, a selection of Minami’s work will be exhibited in Ronin Gallery’s 2019 Contemporary Talents of Japan: Ryusui exhibition July 2019.
Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him. - Chinua Achebe