ARTISTS

  • Shinji Ogawa
  • 小川信治

  • Shinji Ogawa
  • 小川信治

Shinji Ogawa is a conceptual artist, whose works are mainly ultraprecise drawings and paintings that involve the mystery of quantum theory under the theme 'what the world is'. He creates various kinds of works by using traditional techniques such as oil painting and pencil drawing. His representative series are “Without You”, in which he copied famous masterpieces and then remove the human figures from the images, “Perfect World”, in which he added a person or building that is depicted exactly the same with the one in the original picture from old postcards, and “Behind You”, in which he depicts the imaginary landscape behind the figure in the foreground. In recent years, he works on huge pencil drawings including his new series “Symmetry/Asymmetry”. Viewers are astonished by his outstanding descriptive ability and also attracted by his dreamlike weird world and rediscover the structure of the world.

  • biography
  • 略歴

1959 Born in 1959 in Yamaguchi, Japan.
1983 Mie University, Mie, Japan, Art Department, Faculty of Education

Solo Exhibitions
2018 "Behind You -Great Master and Princesses" GALERIE ASHIYA SCHULE, Ashiya
2017 "Interferometry - Mirror and Rondo" MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY, Tokyo
2016 “Shinji Ogawa Solo Exhibition” Chiba City Museum of Art
         "Mirror“ AISHONANZUKA, Hong kong
2015 "Secret Mirror” Standing Pine, Nagoya
2014 “Shinji Ogawa Solo Show” VOLTA10 , Basel
2013 “Shinji Ogawa Solo Show” Art Basel Hong Kong
         "A view of world lines" Kamakura Gallery, Kamakura
         "PROJECTION" Miura Jiro Gallery, Tokyo
2011 "Behind You/Closed Book" Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku , Tokyo
2008 "Shinji Ogawa -Perverse Realism" Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow,Poland
          "Souvenir" Koichi Fine Arts, Osaka
2007 “French Milk Crown” Weissfeld,Tokyo 2006
2006 "Shinji Ogawa - Interfering Worlds" The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2005 "Conversation Piece" Nagoya University Museum, Nagoya
2004 "Paintings" Ema Daikanyama, Tokyo
          "Harunobu Renzokutai" Koichi Fine Arts, Osaka
          "Soubou" Koichi Fine Arts, Osaka
2003 “Solo Exhibition” Tokino Wasuremono, Tokyo
          "Zonder Jou" Röntgenwerke, Tokyo
2002 "Souvenir / Souverain" Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
2001 "Another Drop" Gallery Caption, Gifu
         "Perfect Saku Island" Benten Gallery, Aichi
         "Soubou" The Contemporary Museum, Nagoya
         “Solo Exhibition” Gallery16, Kyoto
         "Zonder Jou" Röntgen Kunstraum, Tokyo
2000 "Zonder Jou" Röntgen Kunstraum, Tokyo
         “Solo Exhibition” Tokino Wasuremono, Tokyo
         “Solo Exhibition” Video Room, The Contemporary Museum, Nagoya
1999 “Solo Exhibition” Gallery Caption, Gifu “Solo Exhibition” Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka
1997 “Solo Exhibition” Tokino Wasuremono, Tokyo “Solo Exhibition” Nishida Gallery, Nara
1995 “Solo Exhibition”Gallery Celler, Nagoya

Group Exhibitions
2018 “New Collection Exhibition” Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba
         “Treasure Box of Contemporary Art, OPAM Toshioka Collection” Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita
         “The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes” The National Museum of Art, Osaka
         “Title: The Collection of the Takamatsu Art Museum + In Spilling Light with Chuta Kimura”
          Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa
2017 “Art in Art” Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Porland
         “Open Week 9 days of Fun with Art” Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo
2016 “L’arte differente: MOCAK al MAXXI” MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Arts), Roma
         “Spider Silk " Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
         “The Collection of the Takamatsu Art Museum” Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa
2015 “Shape of the Human Being: Focusing on Contemporary Art from the '00s and Beyond"
         Takamatsu Historical Museum, Kagawa
         "Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art from Japan", Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland
2014 "In The Water by UnKyung Hur & Shinji Ogawa” XVA Gallery , Dubai
         "Appetizing Art: When Art Meets Food” Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa
         "Currents: Japanese Contemporary Art” The James Christie Room, Hong Kong
2012 "The Allure of the Collection" The National Museum of Art, Osaka
2011 "The Eyes of Twelve Artists” Tokyo Station Gallery,Tokyo
         "History in Art” Museum of contemporary art in Krakow, Poland
2010 "150ème anniversaire de la création de《l'Angélus》” Barbizon, France
2008 "behind the seen: secrets of artistic creation" Komaba Museum, The University of Tokyo
          "Collection du Musee de la ville de Okazaki" Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi
          "Neoteny Japan ‒Takahashi Collection" ( 2008-10 travelling exhibition)
          Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima(2008)/ Sapporo Artpark, Hokkaido(2008)/ The Ueno Royal
          Museum, Tokyo(2008)/ The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art(2009)/
          Akita Museum of Modern Art(2009)/ Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori(2009)/
          The Museum of Art, Ehime(2010)
2007 "Line Labyrinthine 2: Graphite on Paper" Megro Museum of Art, Tokyo
2006 "Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary" Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2005 "Max Headroom" Weissfeld, Tokyo
          "Light Boxes Dark Rooms" Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY ( traveling exhibition)
2004 "Light Boxes Dark Rooms", De Pree Art Center and Gallery, Hope College, MI, U.S.A
          "Japanese Contemporary Art: Symbiosis in Art" Gallery Wooduk, Seoul
          "The Copy Age ‒ From Duchamp through Warhol to Morimura" The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
2003 "Composition of Contemporary Art 2003" Nagoya City Museum of Art, Nagoya
2002 "Fun de Nagoya 2002, Mediaters" Nagoya Citizen Gallery, Nagoya
         "In the 20 Century, Art Recognizes its Emptiness" Hiratsuka City Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2001 "Hanashi wo tsukutte, Me wo utagau" Koji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya
         "Perfect Saku Island" Benten Salon, Saku Island, Aichi
2000 "A Vacant Space" Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
1999 “Solo Exhibition” Gallery Caption, Gifu
         “Solo Exhibition” Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka
1997 “Solo Exhibition” Tokino Wasuremono, Tokyo
         “Solo Exhibition” Nishida Gallery, Nara
1995 “Solo Exhibition” Gallery Celler, Nagoya

Award
1990 ACT91ACT Grand Prize, Tokai city, Aichi, Japan

Workshops
2011 "The Circle of Time-Krakow" Museum of contemporary art in Krakow, Poland
2007 "Let’s make Infinite Landscape Painting!-3" Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
2006 "Let’s make Infinite Landscape Painting!-1" Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi
          "Let’s make Infinite Landscape Painting!-2" National Museum of Art, Osaka
2003 "Conversation Piece", Nagoya University 2001 "Perfect Saku Island" Benten Salon, Aichi

Collections
Takamatsu city museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi, Japan
The National Museum Art, Osaka, Japan
The Museum Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan
Tokai City
Museum of contemporary art in Krakow, Poland
Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland

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