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Motohide Takami

Born in 1986 in Ishikawa, Japan Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Compelling and dreamy images bring the viewer deeper into these works: a house on a riverbank on fire, the portrait of the Japanese royal family juxtaposed with a Buddhist pagoda. In his own unique way, Motohide Takami explores the limitations of the idea of the individual, of compassion and of what it means to be human in today’s society.

After studying art and design at University of Toyama, Takami continued on to graduate school at Tohoku University of Art in Yamagata. The Great Earthquake of 2011 occurred while he was there, and the disaster and its aftermath had a definite impact on his choice of subject matter. One of his signature images, a house or car in flames by the riverside, refers to the Japanese expression, "fire on the other side of the river," meaning somebody else's business. It is Takami's ironic examination of human disinterest in tragic events.

Takami also makes more direct references to historical events and social issues on canvas. One painting shows the rocket Soyuz 1, whose 1967 crash resulted in space flight's first in-flight fatality. Another features the image of a German boom concrete pump used to cool nuclear reactors in Fukushima after 3/11. Such complex stories are narrated in ominous, yet captivating works. Takami's works remind us that tragic events have always been a part of history and keep challenging us to consider our place within it.


selected solo exhibitions

2019

"Motohide Takami: Fires on Another Shore" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

2018

"Motohide Takami: Taigan kara mieru Fūkei" (JINEN Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

“Motohide Takami: Ishiki no Tozama” (JINEN Gallery, Tokyo)

2015

“Motohide Takami: Tsugou no ii Fūkeitachi”(JINEN Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

“Motohide Takami: Mitai monoshika Mienai” (NICHE Gallery, Tokyo)

2013

“Motohide Takami: Utsushimoyou” (SAN-AI GALLERY, Tokyo

2012

"Motohide Takami-ten" (Gallery b.Tokyo, Tokyo)

selected group exhibitions

2019

"LANDSCAPE" (GALLERY TSUBAKI, Tokyo)
"Face 2019: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Art Award Exhibition" (Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo)
"The 3rd Yairo no Mori Bijutsu-ten" (Ikeda Art Museum, Niigata)
"Watashi no naka no Murakami Haruki" (Gallery Echo-ann, Tokyo)

2017

“ACT Art Award Exhibition 2017" (The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo)
"ACT Art Award Exhibition 2017: Winner's Exhibition" (The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo)

2016

"KOWAII-ten V" (Gallery 151A, Tokyo)
"GALLERY SELECTION-ten" (Gallery b.Tokyo, Tokyo)

2015

"Gashou-ten" (Gallery Kingyo, Tokyo)
"Engimono-ten" (Gallery 151A, Tokyo)
"2015 Autumn Ginza Art Dōbutsuen" (YW Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

"Tanzaku-ten" (Arai Gallery, Art Data Bank, continued in 2015)

2013

"Gallery b.Tokyo Gallery Selection" (Gallery b.Tokyo, Tokyo)
"Kūsou Bijutsu Taishou-ten 2013" (Itochu Aoyama Art Square, Tokyo and Kyoto Zokyoudo Gallery, Kyoto)
"New City Art Fair Taipei" (Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taiwan (ROC))

2012

"KOWAII-ten II" (Art Data Bank, Tokyo)
"Derby-ten" (Gallery n 0, Tokyo)
"Gallery SORA: Four Person Exhibition" (Gallery SORA, Tokyo)

2011

"Aozora DE Art @Gallery two-plus" (Gallery two-plus, Tokyo)
"The 29th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)

2010

"Graduate Exhibition at University of Toyama: GEIBUNI" (Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama)
"University of Toyama, Faculty of Art and Design Gakusei sakuhin sougo kouryu-ten" (Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts, Finland)
"The 8th Thumb Hole Awards Exhibition, Nishiwaki" (Okanoyama Museum of Art, Nishiwaki, Hyogo)
"via art 2010" (Shinwa Art Museum, Tokyo)

awards

2017

Honorable Mention for the ACT Art Award Exhibition 2017 (The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo, Tokyo)

2010

Tatehata Award at the 1st graduate exhibition of the University of Toyama: GEIBUNI (University of Toyama, Toyama)

 

Artwork photos by Adam Reich

 

Exhibitions

Motohide Takami: Fires on Another Shore

Motohide Takami: Fires on Another Shore

 

Press

Motohide Takami Explores Human Empathy with Paintings of Historic Disasters, Hypebeast, September 5, 2019

Motohide Takami Explores Human Empathy with Paintings of Historic Disasters, Hypebeast, September 5, 2019