About Masako and her Art Works

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 Masako was born in Hirado, Japan which is one of the islands located on the west of Kyushu region. The natural scenery around her was always magnificent and limitless, to which these were the overwhelming presence to stimulate her five senses as the core of her production of paintings. She'd been based in NYC and kept creating her art pieces to depict her abstract images on the canvases.

 

 

       

ARTIST STATEMENT

 The images come to me often when I’m experiencing open-minded moments by realizing something new, or somewhere I never thought I’d be in physically or emotionally. Sometimes I encounter writings that perfectly represent my thoughts or moments of experiences. Also, when I hear music that fits my feelings with the sights I’m looking at, and those moments create my own abstract images by combining the scenes that I capture with the emotion attached. My art pieces are inspired by nature structures, especially the richness of the flora or landscapes, however, they are created by abstract images. When I start to depict those abstract images on the canvas, it has already been envisioned in mind as it is, so I just acquit myself to make them visible. To me, each color embodies a moment of experience. It seems to make more sense when an individual color is mixed with a different color unintentionally, even though each color is carefully chosen, and developed to be something unexpected; it fits more perfectly to represent my paintings.

 My art pieces are created by using different tools, such as painting knives, hands, clothes, sticks, etc. Usually they are painted by acrylic paintings, some are created with paper clay as well, which I use to create depth on the canvas, a familiar material from my childhood. When I start putting my images on the canvas, the first step is to make a base with clay, and carefully levels of depth for each portion of the area. After this process, I usually mix each individual color, one by one, to uniquely spread the variety of tone of the paintings after the clay gets all dry.

 In my paintings, depth, color, and light are the key components. Depth hides some colors from some angles on the canvas. The color represents the moment of experiences which accept other's feelings. The light creates different images of the paintings throughout the day. I’d like to create an opportunity what paintings can show the viewers throughout the day, giving different organic experiences in the audience’s eye each time they look at and finding images unseen before.

 

 





Biography 
Masako Takamasu
 
Solo Exhibition
  • 2021 KuroKirin Espresso & Coffee, NYC
  • 2008 Café Boeki, Sasebo, Japan
  • 2007 Gallery Monne Porte, Hasami, Japan
 
Group Exhibition
  • 2022 RedFox Contemporary Gallery, Pound Ridge, NY
  • 2020 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliances (NoMAA) Online, NYC
  • 2019 Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007 Arkas Sasebo Music Hall, Sasebo, Japan
  • 2004 Fukuoka City Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
 
Permanent Public Displays
  • Tangible Cultural Property ・ Nagayama Residence / Café Akashiya, Hirado Japan
  • Restaurant Aozora, Saza Japan
  • Restaurant Sakuraya, Sasebo Japan
  • Restaurant Ottantotto, Fukuoka Japan
  • Hirado City Library, Hirado Japan
  • Kitagawa General Hospital, Hirado Japan
  • Ainosono Kindergarten, Hirado Japan
  • Flower Design School Kaka, Nagasaki Japan
  • Florist Tanpopo, Nagasaki, Japan
  • Gallery Koushun Gama, Hasami, Japan

 

Multiple Location in Private Residence
  • Japan - in  Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Tokyo
  • USA - New York City, Buffalo NY, Ohio state.

              

Online
  • Artsper- France based online gallery
  •  Art Curator Japan- Japanese art and culture hub
  • Artsy
 
Education
  • 2017 Kyoto University of the Arts- Kyoto Japan - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006 Academy of Art University San Francisco CA - New Media and Fine Art Study