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Hideaki Kawashima

Hideaki Kawashima has developed a distinctive representational style characterized by exaggerated proportions, androgynous and sensuous figures, and monochromatic or minimal palettes—a result of the artist considering himself to be “bad at colors.” Many critics have suggested the possibility that all of Kawashima’s works are versions of self-portraits, but Kawashima is careful about this association: “It was not an ideological thing like a self-portrait. I think it was more like painting a character. Instead of being someone’s likeness, it was my own character.” His works touch upon themes of spirituality, mythical narratives, anxiety, depression, and isolation.

Born in 1969, Aichi, Japan
Resides and works in Japan


1991 BA, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan


Come Out, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Back and Forth, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Turning, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Wandering, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Wavering, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (May 17 - Jun 7)

Mutability, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Shadow Monk, Project Room / Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Taguchi Hiroshi Art Collection, A Walk around the Contemporary Art World After Paradigm Shift, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan

Taguchi Art Collection: TAG-TEN☆, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan

The Official Art Print Edition, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Takahashi Collection, Mindfulness!, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan (touring Sapporo Art Museum) Hokkaido, Japan

The Armory Show, Richard Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Rieko Otake, Hideaki Kawashima, Naoki Koide, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Orange Sky, RH Gallery, New York, NY
Cafe in Mito 2011, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Reflections in collaboration with Tomio Koyama Gallery, Ford Project, New York, NY
039: Younger Generation, Tokyo Opera City Art Galery, Tokyo, Japan

Portraits 2, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Convolvulus, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
[From the Collection]029; Women, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Prepare for Pictopia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Neoneo Part1 [BOY], Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Portrait Session, NADiff, Tokyo / Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Tomorrow Now, MUDAM Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Pocheon Asia Biennale 2007, Pocheon Banweol Art Hall, Pocheon, Korea

Life, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
A Magical Art Life, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
[From the Collection]021; Diversity of Material and Expression, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Idol!, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan

Little Boy, Japan Society, New York, NY
Imagined Scenery From the Eyes of Kotaro Terada, Kawagoe City Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art in Japan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Japanese Experience Inevitable, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Next Generation Heavenly Creatures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Fiction. Love - Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art, MOCA Taipei: Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Young Artists from China, Japan and Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Funny Cuts - Cartoons und Comics in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, Staats Galerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Fragile Figures, Palette Club, Tokyo, Japan

Morning Glory, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Bibliography
David Pagel: “Putting a face on childhood angst,” Los Angeles Times, June 3

“Showing: Hideaki Kawashima and Atsushi Fukui @ Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei,” Arrested Motion, October
Cathy Rose A. Garcia: “Japanese Artists Hold Exhibits in Seoul,” The Korea Times, Arts & Living, May 20

Jason Jenkins: “Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering,” The Japan Times, May 29

Hiroko Tashiro: “A New Wave for Japanese Art,” Bloomberg Business Week, July 25

“Little Boy: The Arts Of Japan's Exploding Subculture,” editor: Takashi Murakami / Yale Univ Pr; Bilingual
“Funny Cuts: Cartoons And Comics In Contemporary Art” Kassandra Nakas, Ulrich Pfarr, Andreas Schalhorn / Kerber Christof Verlag

“The Japanese Experience: Inevitable” Takashi Murakami, KaiKaiKiKi, Aya Takano, Masahiko Kuwahara, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito, Shintaro Miyake, Jun Hasegawa / editor: Margrit Brehm / Hatje Cantz

The Taguchi Art Collection
Takahashi Collection
Flowerman Collection
Fuchu Art Museum (The Terada Collection)
Yokohama Museum of Art
Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi


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