Thursday, 8 March 2012

Atsushi Suwa

Japanese traditional painter Atsushi Suwa 's work is hauntingly beautiful. His realist style reveals his human subjects in intimate moments either together or alone, they give the viewer a glimpse into a private vulnerable moment in the lives of Japanese women. He uses a muted colour pallette which enhances the feeling of vulnerability and the fragility of the human condition. His work is moving, engaging and has real depth.

Suwa begins by probing and engaging in dialogue with his subjects under a set of conditions he determines. Through the dialogue, he elicits the story, thought, and other elements making up the subject’s background.The process of communication with his subjects is an important factor for Suwa, and signals a break from realism in the classic sense, which does not go beyond the level of visual duplication of the subject.


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