1955    Born October 8, Tokyo

1977    Stayed in the UK

1980    Graduated from the Musashino Art University, Tokyo

1988    Moved to Uwajima, Ehime

1989    Stayed in the U.S.A. for three months under a grand from the United States Information Agency (USIA) and the Fund for Artists Colonies, Inc.

1995    Stayed in Atlanta, U.S.A. for two months under the Atlanta Committee for Olympic Games (ACOG) Cultural Olympiad at NEXUS PRESS for making an Artist`s Book

2006    Zen-Kei 1955-2006, large mid-career survey at Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art

2010    Naoshima Bathhouse “I♥Yu”

2012    dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel

shinro ohtake,
                        photo by jo anne paschall

solo exhibitions
                   group exhibitions                     public collections

Shinro Ohtake takes the world as his source, using journeys, dreams and diaries to examine the inner surface of his layered perceptions. He worked as an expressive painter and sculptor before a stay in London where he chanced to meet an old man who had obsessively collected matchbooks and glued them into pages of a notebook. Ohtake purchased the collection and began to create his own „street books", intense travel scrapbooks crammed with discarded cultural artifacts-scavenged tickets, snapshots, tags, currency, newspapers and other mass-produced printed matter shrugged off by popular culture. His book works, both one-of-a-kind and multiples, are sculptural, multi-colored, excessive layerings of found images and objects that interact with his own painting and drawing before he seals them with coats of wax, stain, and varnish, plastic or fiberglass. Ohtake has exhibited internationally: his rapturous descriptions of contemporary society reflect cultures as varied as Europe, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Turkey, the United States and his own Japan. Diversely influenced by personal experiences, surrealism, pop art and music, David Hockney, Adolf Wölfi, and a postman named Cheval, the artist unearths a jumble of the exotic and the mundane to materialize the dense complexities of our modern psyche. Text by Nexus Press, Atlanta   index   contact

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