Nakagami Seisho (b. 1961) paints motifs of people and cats with a sense of life and rich gradation of light. What is the season captured on that screen? If it is a woman, I want to convey the beauty of the difference in age. If it is a cat, I want the viewer to feel the difference between a domestic cat and a stray cat in an instant. By capturing everything on the screen in color, the work appeals to the viewer’s imagination and expresses the color of light and even the scent of the wind, although in reality it only smells like an oil painting.
Born left-handed, Seisho Nakagami was corrected to be right-handed in his childhood and painted with his right hand until his late twenties. However, when he encountered Klee’s words, “I will not paint with my right hand, which is stained with letters,” he tried painting with his left hand for the first time in his life, and found that it added nuance to his paintings and gave them more life. After that, I repeated basic sketching and came to be able to add the same nuance to the picture with my right hand, and now I continue to paint with both hands.
It is not a pursuit of composition or stylistic beauty, or to be close to a favorite artist, but to add nuance to the accuracy of form and color through my own senses, and to pick up the beauty of the model. By starting to paint without a preliminary sketch, he draws out the charms that even he did not notice from his own hesitations and choices, and it is a living expression. This brings us closer to the beauty of nuance, which cannot be reached by correctness alone.
Through the accumulation of such nuances, the artist draws out a kind of fragility with delicacy, which cannot be reached by simply painting over the surface, but which is inherent in the skin, supported by a strong sense of life. Even the skin, which is white as a sheet, has warmth, roughness, and breath when you touch it. While reaffirming such natural things, he depicts the “beauty” that exists there.
He describes himself as clumsy, and his approach to “beauty” is achieved through nuances achieved through his insistence on precise colors and shapes, with no tricks. He pursues realistic paintings that are different from trendy realism.
Seisho Nakagami HP
1961 Born in Kyoto City, Japan
1985 Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Oil Painting Department
1998-2001 Many group exhibitions
2001 Solo Exhibition at Umeda Hankyu, Tokyo, 2003, 2005
2002 Solo exhibition at Gallery Oi, Tokyo
2008 Solo Exhibition at Takigawa Gallery, Tokyo, 2010
2011 Exhibited at Kobe Art Marché
2012 Exhibited at ART KYOTO, Solo Exhibition (Tobu Ikebukuro)
2016 Solo Exhibition at Tobu Ikebukuro
2017 Kyoto Daimaru G Exhibition