About Shinichi Nakazawa
“16th and 17th century Japanese art was characterized by a unique perception of space. This was not the space created by simple perspective theory, but rather the co-existence of complex and discrete spaces. These multiple spaces did not merely co-exist in parallel, but were synthesized. I call this synthesis of the multiple spaces in art a ‘pluralistic space’. My objective as an artist is to create contemporary works that possess this pluralistic space.” – Shinichi Nakazawa
Shinichi Nakazawa: Born 1956 in Tokyo. Attended Rikkyo University. Self-taught artist.
Nakazawa combines etching with stunning overlays of gold, silver, or platinum leaf, sometimes oxidised. His compositions are mainly blocks of these overlays often accompanied by Japanese classic writing. His philosophy is simply to create order and balance in a given limited space, taking a traditional theme to a modern conclusion. His inspiration comes from the highly decorative screen of Sotasu, a seventeenth century Japanese artist who used traditional Japanese style painting to illustrate an accompanying text.
Permanent Collections: Cincinnati Art Museum ; Rockefeller Foundation, New York; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Bayerische Landesbank, Tokyo. Solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, Gunma, Chiba, Japan and London, Singapore, Thailand.