Contemporary Surrealistic Painting
Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous.
Painting is one of the most versatile mediums in visual art. It is also a highly personal medium. Painting styles are as varied and idiosyncratic as the artists themselves.
And so it is with surrealistic painting.
Contemporary surrealistic painting ranges from the nearly photographic dreamscapes of Jacek Yerka and Mark Ryden, to the abstract surrealism of Mohammad Zaza, from scribbles on linen to highly detailed horror artists like HR Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński, to visionary artists like Alex Grey and Rudolf Hausner attempting to visualize the spiritual world or religious experience.
About Tetsuya Ishida
Tetsuya Ishida came of age as a painter during Japan’s “lost decade”—a time of nationwide economic recession that lasted through the 1990s. In his afflictive paintings, he captured the feelings of hopelessness, claustrophobia, and emotional isolation that burdened him and dominated Japanese society. From his early career until his untimely death in 2005, Ishida provided vivid allegories of the challenges to Japanese life and morale in paintings and graphic works charged with dark Orwellian absurdity.
Ishida was born in 1973 in Yaizu, Japan, and died in 2005 in Tokyo. He graduated in 1996 from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Solo exhibitions include The person who was not able to fly, Sunpu Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2006); Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan (2007); Yaizu City Culture Center, Japan (2007); Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo (2008); Note of Tetsuya Ishida, Ashikaga Museum of Art, Japan (2013, traveled to Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Japan; Tonami Art Museum, Japan; and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan, through 2015); Notes, Evidence of Dreams, Tonami Art Museum, Japan (2014); and Saving the World with a Brushstroke, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2014). – via gagosian.com/artists/tetsuya-ishida/
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