Tsubasa Matsuura

A Japanese-style Painter


I draw lines on a pure white screen, like planting plants.

The Japanese paints used, “Mineral pigments” are made of powdered crystal. Mineral pigments are applied to the screen by the stroke of the painter. The pigments are gradually built up in layers.

After some time, form is defined the subject takes form. By pouring water over the screen from top to bottom, deposits of mineral pigments are carried away and build up on the tracks I’ve drawn. Water washes over the layer on occasion, dissolving the mineral pigments and soaking them into the screen.

By crystal and water, acts, both artificial and random, seem to pile up like momentary feelings and memories, renewing it.

An artwork embodies what amasses and accumulates in a whirlpool of interactions-interactions between the artist and the subject, the subject and the art, the art and the artist.

Therefore, I believe that an artwork is not created. Rather, it appears.


1986 Born in Tokyo
2008 B.F.A., in Japanese Painting of Tohoku Univercity of Art And Design
2010 M.F.A., in Japanese Painting of Tohoku Univercity of Art And Design

Solo Exhibitions

2012 Tsubasa Matsuura Exhibition / Gallery TSUBAKI, Tokyo
2013 "Utsushimoyou" Tsubasa Matsuura Exhibition / SAN-AI GALLERY +contemporary art, Tokyo
Tsubasa Matsuura Exhibition / Gallery TSUBAKI, Tokyo
2014 Tsubasa Matsuura Japanese Painting-style Exhibition / Gallery Tougendou, Miyagi
2016 Tsubasa Matsuura Exhibition / Gallery Tougendou, Miyagi

Group Exhibitions

2010 "dadacha" / Gallery Ginza Surugadai, Tokyo
2011 SHINSEIDO SPROUTS vol.1 -Shape of mountain- / Gallery Shinseido, Tokyo
2012 "The Great Dipper" / Gallery Art space Rasinban, Tokyo
Memory vol.14 / SAN-AI GALLERY +contemporary art, Tokyo
2016 TUAD Spring Art Fair 2016 / Reijinsha Gallery, Tokyo


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