Richard Heller Gallery is happy to current Hideaki Kawashima: Keep Nonetheless. That is Kawashima’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Kawashima has developed a particular representational fashion characterised by exaggerated proportions, androgynous and sensuous figures, and monochromatic or minimal palettes—a results of the artist contemplating himself to be “unhealthy at colours.” Many critics have advised the chance that each one of Kawashima’s works are variations of self-portraits, however Kawashima is cautious about this affiliation: “It was not an ideological factor like a self-portrait. I feel it was extra like portray a personality. As a substitute of being somebody’s likeness, it was my very own character.” His works contact upon themes of spirituality, legendary narratives, longing and transformation.
Kawashima was born in Aichi, Japan in 1969. After graduating from Tokyo Zokei College in 1991, Kawashima undertook two years of coaching in Buddhism on the Hieizan Enryakuji Temple from 1995, thereafter commencing his profession as an artist in 2001. Kawashima has introduced his work in quite a few exhibitions internationally and domestically. His main exhibitions embrace, “Japanese Expertise Inevitable” (Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, 2004), “LIFE” (Artwork Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2006), “Idol!” (Yokohama Museum of Artwork, Kanagawa, Japan, 2006), and “Little Boy” (curated by Takashi Murakami, Japan Society, New York, 2006). In 2007 he took half within the “Pocheon Asia Biennale,” adopted by a solo exhibition on the Kukje Gallery (Seoul, South Korea) in 2009. He has had 5 solo exhibitions with Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2018 and three solo exhibitions on the Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica, USA) respectively in 2011, 2014 and 2023.