November 27, 2014

ART: Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - Plastic Toys

Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之)
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HAIKU Art Review: Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之)
Giant plastic toys
Hello anime portraits
Simplified cels sell
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   Hiroyuki Matsuura was born in Tokyo in 1964. He joined Task Force Ltd. in 1984, where he worked mainly on graphic design projects, before starting to create his own works based on animated Japanese cartoon characters in 1999.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
  "I create my work with the belief that Manga is a representative expression of Japanese art following in the wake of Ukiyo-e."
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   His solo exhibition "Super Acrylic Skin" held at Tokyo Gallery in 2005 marked his career shift to being an artist. Since then, Matsuura has been expanding his practice to work in a variety of formats - painting, sculpture and prints - both in Japan and abroad.  
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   Fujin and Raijin Summon The King Dragon (風神雷神龍王召喚図)
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   This is one of his most popular works. The large size is impressive & it really shows off his skill with shadows.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   The anime influence is obvious, so at first glance his work seems simple & flat, but if the viewer continues to examine the work deftly executed shadows & highlights emerge.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   It's safe to say Hiroyuki Matsuura is part of the Superflat movement founded by Japanese postmod darling Takashi Murakami.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   The colors are so lush, they're like a big warm blanket in a tiny cottage nestled in the woods.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
  Got me thinking, Strawberry Quick.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   He's very active on Facebook & posts many 'in progress' photos & other goodies.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
 Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   Hiroyuki with Ms. Victoria Lu, curator from Taiwan.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   Absolutely love the concise use of light & shadow in this work.
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
   His sculpture has the same effect as his paintings, they seem very simple & plastic, but then the details emerge on closer inspection & you can see how the light plays off of the shapes.

   But are the giant toy sculptures & simple anime style paintings too much like Takashi Murakami?
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
So, which piece is your favorite?
   Please tell us down in the comments. 
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之)
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ARTBOOKS
Softcover Artbook (2014)
 Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Hiroyuki Matsuura Works

Hardcover Artbook (2010)
 Hiroyuki Matsuura (松浦 浩之) - http://hiroyukimatsuura.com/
Super Acrylic Skin

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