My inner world is completely separated from reality. I never wanted to make my works mirror the current society. Instead, I intentionally created an artificial sense which reflects my desire to break free from reality. By introducing a feeling of stillness to my paintings, I aim to evoke a cosmic nostalgia which surpasses the difference in time, space and people.
The boy and girl figures in my works are the same as the ball-jointed dolls I make in real life to me. They are models. They are shadows of mine. Occasionally, I would seek out nostalgic objects related to my childhood memories and place them with curtains, carpets and leather chairs in the world I paint. I use this process of stage designing and building to glorify my own memories. I am not trying to paint my actual childhood, but to fabricate an idealized childhood, to re-write my own childhood memories.
I used to love hiding in closets and peak out through tiny holes when I was little. I also took sneak peaks through key holes into other rooms. I have been obsessed with the relationship between the seer and the seen.
In contrast to the nature of photography which cut out a specific moment out from the flow of time, my works condense everything in my spiritual world into a frozen eternal moment.
I love western classical paintings especially from the renaissance. Surrealism, Dadaism, Fantastical literature and Architectural drawing have all been my influence too.
1959 Born in Aomori, Japan.
Lives and works in Tokyo.
After majoring in Architecture in Musashino Art University, Masaru Shichinohe worked in Architectural design at a construction company. He soon realized he was more attracted to the Architectural drawing than architecture itself. Within three years, he quit the job and became a self-taught artist.
He eventually found his own artistic language after taking influence by classical painting such as works from Vienna School of Fantastic Realism and 20th century fantastical literature.
His contribution to the art world is not limited to fine art as his works have appeared on the covers of literatures aside from the picture books he published himself.
His works are exhibited and appreciated not only in Japan but also in greater China area such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. The collectors of his works are among the most prestigious art museums and individuals in East and South East Asia.
2022 "Stillness - A Moment and Eternity", PING Art Space, Taipei
2020 Solo Exhibition at West Bund Art & Design, Hillside Gallery / Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai
2018 “Tokyo Whisper”, Hillside Gallery / Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beiijng
2017 “Phantasmagoria”, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo
2010 “Black Angel”, Ping Art Space, Taipei
2009 “Little Lady”, Aoki Gallery, Tokyo
2007 “Dark-haired Cinderella”, Aoki Gallery, Tokyo
2004 “Platonic”, Aoki Gallery, Tokyo
2002 “Converging Parallel Lines”, Aoki Gallery, Tokyo
2001 “A Boy without t”, Aoki Gallery, Tokyo
1994 “Physics Discourse”, HB Gallery, Tokyo
Campanélla－The Mechanical Boy and the Magic Bugle