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Yasuo Kiyonaga

Spirit of Forest 47560, 2022

Photography : pigment ink, inkjet, black & white edition, paper, fine art print 11.5 x 14 x 0 inch


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Yasuo Kiyonaga, Spirit of Forest 47560

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I grew up in the calm and gentleness of the Seto Inland Sea. Maybe that's why I've always found forests so fascinating. I felt an invisible and venerable presence among the trees. The forest has never ceased to attract me. I went to the Yatsugatake mountains in February, in the middle of winter. Photo equipment and loneliness weigh on me. The piercing cold makes my body temperature drop. Walking like a wanderer, I am drawn into an unknown world. I try to resist, not to enter it. But I am troubled. Like drunk, my mind is foggy. A large shadow danced softly behind my eyelids. She strikes a pose with a smile on her lips, And makes me release the shutter of my camera. It seemed to me to last a moment, and at the same time, an eternity. Opening my eyes, I was in a forest. She looks at me from above without saying anything. Japanese forest spirits dwelling there from a distant past, Surely invited me to enter. Yasuo Kiyonaga
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Gallery JAPANESQUE Paris • Paris, France

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Dimensions cm inch
11.5 x 14 x 0 inch
Black wood frame with museum glass
Artwork dimensions including frame
17.6 x 23.6 x 0.9 inch
Numbered and limited to 2 copies
2 copies available
Work sold with an invoice from the gallery and a certificate of authenticity
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Abstract Japanese Artists

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Japanese artists

A photographer based in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Paris. 

Born in 1948 in Kagawa, Japan. 

In his photographic work, Yasuo Kiyonaga interprets nature, villages, cities, people, and everything else in our lives in surrealistic ways. The subjects captured in his viewfinder are freed from their original contexts and given new shapes and significances.

Many of his works are associated with the abstract arts of cubism and surrealism. 

His output is not limited to photography. Using his unique skills, he beautifully combines seemingly incompatible concepts such as photographs and paintings, nature and the artificial, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, past and future, and dreams and reality, and sublimates them into art.

In 1966, strongly influenced by the two photographers Jean-Eugène Atget and Aaron Siskind, Yasuo Kiyonaga began studying photography. In 1970, after graduating from a college photography program, he started working for Recruit Co., Ltd. as a staff photographer, who mainly photograph the workers in Japan. In 1980, he left the organization and established his own company, SHC, which specializes in the planning and production of corporate communication content which was not well known at the time.

Yasuo Kiyonaga focused on the field of photojournalism for a long term and grew SHC into a company with 150 employees. Even today, this company remains an industry leader. In addition to its core business, it is also boldly taking on new challenges that are ahead of the times. The ideas, critical eye, and decision-making skills honed through these experiences have become the source of his creative activities.

In 1995, he resumed his career as an artist and opened a series of galleries in Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, and online to display his works and those of other  photographers. He is the owner of the online photo galleries Kyoto Museum of Photography, as well as the physical galleries Kyoto Museum of Photography,  Gallery Artisan Tokyo and Gallery Japanesque Paris.

His works have been exhibited across Japan, including Spirit of Forest at Epson Imaging Gallery Epsite (2010), Hanoi × 6% at Kintetsu Department Store Abeno Harukas Art Gallery (2020), and Identity and Two Landscapes at Kyoto Museum of Photography Gallery Japanesque (2020). 

Yasuo Kiyonaga has published several books, including Leslie (1999), Spirit of Forest (2007), Paris Sketch (2012), the Japanese Beautiful Landscapes series (from 2008), Japanese Tools (2015), and Ujo (Senses of Rain) (2016). 

As part of his lifework, he has photographed ancient capitals, rural villages in Japan and other countries and compiled his pictures into books.

He is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).

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