Here is a little introduction to the paintings of Kazumi Nakamura. I've selected works from the series A Bird in Existence, which have a lot of texture and elegance.
Kazumi Nakamura is a Japanese contemporary artist who began his career in the early 1980s, and has since become one of the most active painters among his generation, creating various styles of paintings that explore the meaning of pictorial space. Nakamura has declared his long-term goal as "the establishment of a form of painting that operates on a different dimension from the absoluteness, centeredness, wholeness, and purity of Western painting."
A Bird In Its Existence:
Nakamura often incorporates symbols of flight in his work. Here is a statement he recently provided... translated from Japanese!
The A Bird in Its Existence paintings are meant to
stimulate thought about the general state of existence
through the form and conception of the “bird.” Birds
are flying beings. In ancient Japan they signified the
souls of ancestors who protect their descendants,
blessing people and bringing happiness. From the
peak of a mountain, a bird flies downwards. I
perceive this as an extension of the general state of
In the context of society or being alive, when we
confront these moments of swooping downward,
those things are perceived as being “in flight.”
Therefore, the A Bird in Its Existence paintings
transform negative things into positives. I have been
deeply influenced by the thinking of the 13th century
Zen priest, Dogen. According to him, reality and
paintings are equivalent to each other. Existence as
a painting means existence as reality.
The A Bird in Its Existence paintings are abstractions
that cross the formal characteristics and structures of
birds as living beings with the formal problems that
define the painted surface as inorganic matter. These
works are a complex combination of all the conditions
required to realize a painting: shape, color, material,
color penetration, brushwork, contour, and space
(depth, flatness, and the diagonally skewed sight
line). They are based on 5 basic matrices (mother
types). These matrices allow me to create paintings
of unlimited differentiation. I think that they also have
deep relationships with biological species or the
infinitely differentiated ways of the global
These five matrices are shown on the following
pages. The painting assigned to Art Basel was based
on the first matrix, but went through a gradual
process of change in form, so it is now different from
how it was at the beginning.
May 15, 2018
The works below are currently available, and pricing does not include fabrication and framing.
Please note that pricing and availability are subject to change.