Galerie Richard

Kiyoshi NAKAGAMI

“As a painter, there is nothing more difficult to represent than light. The ones who can do that are the greatest painters, greatest artists.” - Kiyoshi Nakagami

The audience is drawn to focus on the disposal of light in the painting, its density which varies from one painting to the other, and of course its dispersion within the dark space. The light spreads through a series of perfectly sumptuous grades. Below the focal point of light, the light must cross an undefined, vaporous matter. In this show you can see paintings with two vaporous matter instead of one. Youn can also see similar paintings with a similar composition but with a very different intensity and contrast of light. His ability to beautifully reproduce the diffusion of light in a painting is unrivaled.

Because he considers that human being does not rule the Nature, he allows natural processes to develop in his paintings. These perfectly detailed paintings are made without the use of a paintbrush. «Nakagami does not reproduce the light of the natural world. The light of his paintings exists only in painting. The artist’s awareness of time in the concentrated moment in which light is made manifest is closely associated with the surprise of encountering something ephemeral and sublime» (2).

(2) Yamanashi , Toshio. On the New Work of Kiyoshi Nakagami : Light from Afar, in catalogue Kiyoshi       Nakagami, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, p.15

Born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1949
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan

AWARDS

2009 Yokohama City Cultural Prize in Art, Yokohama

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama, Kanagawa

Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi

Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 “Kiyoshi Nakagami, Naihatsu – Kengen”, Genra Art, Kanazawa

2020 “Kiyoshi Nakagami”, Galleria Finarte, Nagoya

“Light in Painting,” Galerie Richard, New York

2019 “La Beauté Sublime,” Galerie Richard, Paris

“La Beauté Sublime,” Art Paris, Paris

“Theophany,” hino gallery, Tokyo

2018/19 “Theophany,” Galerie Richard, New York

2018 “Imaginary Places,” Galerie Richard, Paris

2017/18 “Kiyoshi Nakagami,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York

2016 hino Gallery, Tokyo

2015 Gallery Finarte, Nagoya
Japan Art-Taguchi, Gifu, Japan
“Epiphany II,” Galerie Richard, New York
hino Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Recent Paintings,” Galerie Richard, Paris “Square Paintings,” Galerie Richard, New York
Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokosuka

hino Gallery, Tokyo

2013 hino Gallery, Tokyo

2012 “Epiphanie,” Galerie Richard, Paris
“Epiphany,” Galerie Richard, New York
hino Gallery, Tokyo

2011 Galerie Richard, Paris hino Gallery, Tokyo

2010 “Recent Works,” hino Gallery, Tokyo

2008 “Nakagami Kiyoshi,” The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura
“Espaces de lumière,” Galerie Richard, Paris
hino Gallery, Tokyo

2007 “Recent Works,” hino Gallery, Tokyo

McMillan Art, Tokyo

2006. hino Gallery, Tokyo

2005 “Peintures de lumière,” Galerie Richard, Paris
“Recent Works ,” hino Gallery, Tokyo

2002 “Recent Paintings,” Galerie Richard, Paris

2001 hino Gallery, Tokyo

2000 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1999 Samazamana ME 101. Tokyo
“Kiyoshi Nakagami,” IBM-Kawasaki City Gallery, Kanagawa

1998 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1997 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1996 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1995 hino Gallery, Tokyo
1994 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1993 Gallery Tamaya, Tokyo

hino Gallery, Tokyo

1992 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1991 hino Gallery, Tokyo
“Drawing Exhibition,” hino Gallery, Tokyo

1989 hino Gallery, Tokyo

1986 Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo

1985 Gallery Runan, Tokyo

1983 Gallery Tamaya Annex, Tokyo

1982 Gallery Tamaya, Tokyo

1981 Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo

1978 Ginza Picture Hall, Tokyo

1977 Modern Art Laboratory, Tokyo

1975 Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1973 Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo

Tamura Gallery, Tokyo

1971 Studio Fujimi-cho, Kanagawa

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 “Hervé heuzé, Kim Young-Hun, Kiyoshi Nakagami,” Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris

2019 “Art” Dennis Hollingsworth, Kiyoshi Nakagami, Gustavo Prado, Jeremy Thomas, Richard, New York,

2016 “The Advent of RINPA – Touring the ‘RINPA CODE’ of the Pre-Modern/Modern Contemporary,” Kyoto
Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto

2015 “Dawn of Gods: Encounter of Venus, and Spiritual Landscape, East and West,” Oita Prefectural Museum,
Oita
“Modern: Blossoming Garden- Oita World Museum,” Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita

2014 Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris

2013 Context Art Miami, Galerie Richard, Miami, FL

Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris

2012. “Various Representations Related to Light,” exhibition of the collection of the Yokohama Museum of Art,
Yokahama
Art Miami, Galerie Richard, Miami, FL

Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris

2011 “Prolonging Pleasure: Stefan Hoenerloh / Kiyoshi Nakagami,” Galerie Richard, Paris
Pulse Miami, Galerie Richard, Miami, FL

2007 “Yuichi Higashionna, Risa Sato, Kiyoshi Nakagami,” Galerie Richard, Paris
Art Amsterdam, Galerie Richard, Amsterdam
Arte Fiera, Galerie Richard, Bologna, Italy

2006 “Nihonga Painting: Six Provocative Artists,” Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama
“Extreme Abstraction,” Galerie Richard, Paris
“Mineral II,” Centre artistique de Verderonne, Verderonne

2005 Ars Nova, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris
St’Art, Galerie Richard, Strasbourg

2004. RINPA, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Lineart, hino Gallery, Gand
Art Cologne, Galerie Richard, Cologne
Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris
Art Frankfurt, Galerie Richard, Frankfurt
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Richard, Rotterdam
Art Beijing, 1st China International Gallery Exhibition, hino Gallery, Beijing, China

2001 “The 10th Triennale-India,” National Academy of Art, New Delhi

1999 “Two Artists,” Yokohama Portside Gallery, Kanagawa

1997 14th Yamatane Museum of Art Prize Exhibition,” Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo
“Japanese Contemporary Art,” National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

1995 “13th Yamatane Museum of Art Prize Exhibition,” Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo
“7th Fukuyama Art Project- Pray,” Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama

1993 “Beyond the ‘Nihonga’ – An Aspect of Contemporary Japanese Painting,” Tokyo Metropolitan
Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1992 “A Perspective on Contemporary Art Among the Figures,” The National Museum of ModernArt, Tokyo,
and The National Museum of Art, Osaka

1991 “Artists in Yokohama ‘91,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa
“The 27th Artists Today Exhibition – The Present as History,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Kanagawa, Japan 1990
“Drawing Now,” hino Gallery, Tokyo

1988 “Kanagawa Art Annual,” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1980 “The 16th Artist Today Exhibition- Feeling and Construction,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa
1979 “Plane- Attempt of Color and Form,” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1978 “Outside of Scrum mage,” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1977 “Plane- Attempt of Color and Form,” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1975 “Circle, Triangle, Square,” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa

1974 “Plane- Attempt of Color and Form,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa

1973 “Exhibition of B Seminar,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa

1972 “Exhibition of B Seminar,” Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa

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