Exhibition: 24 Oct 2013 – 13 Dec 2013
This exhibition by Hideyuki Sobue is touring from the Sugar Store Gallery, Kendal, in the Lake District where the artist has been living and working. The exhibition features portraits of people who he has come to know personally, with each work designed to be exhibited as a diptych: one half featuring the portrait, the other half featuring fallen leaves which he has observed in the local area. These leaves are a metaphor for the fragility of life and for the majority of people who will never be the subject of a portrait.
Exhibition: 16 Jan 2014 – 12 Mar 2014
Tokyo Portraits is a series of figurative paintings inspired by the people and places of Tokyo – responses to everyday life in Japan’s capital, as seen through the eyes of a visiting UK artist. Inspired by the city’s crowded streets, large canvases depict masses of densely packed faces. These works have been made in collaboration with hundreds of people living or working in Tokyo, each volunteering to sit for their portraits. Other paintings are based upon everyday life in Tokyo, depicting people in trains, shops and streets – subtle distortions in space and scale often being used to combine the familiar with a slight sense of the unreal.
Private view: 16 January 2014
We will celebrate the opening of Carl Randall’s Tokyo Portraits exhibition at the Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery on 16 January 2014. The artist will be introduced by author David Mitchell (Booker Prize shortlisted – Cloud Atlas, Ghostwritten).
Book launch: 17 January 2014
David Pilling, Asia Correspondent at the Financial Times, will talk about his newly released book Bending Adversity, a portrait of contemporary Japan. Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world’s largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling’s new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake.