Gallery Seek Ginza
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
1985年 京都市立芸術大学 油画科卒業
2001年 個展（梅田阪急） 以降2003年 2005年
2008年 個展（瀧川画廊） 以降2010年
2012年 ART KYOTO出品、個展（東武池袋）
2017年 京都大丸 Ｇ展