Hideaki Kawashima
Japanese, born 1969
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Tomio Koyama Gallery at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018,
Tomio Koyama Gallery
Richard Heller Gallery
Hideaki Kawashima “Come Out”,
Tomio Koyama Gallery

Hideaki Kawashima has developed a distinctive representational style characterized by exaggerated proportions, androgynous and sensuous figures, and monochromatic or minimal palettes—a result of the artist considering himself to be “bad at colors.” Many critics have suggested the possibility that all of Kawashima’s works are versions of self-portraits, but Kawashima is careful about this association: “It was not an ideological thing like a self-portrait. I think it was more like painting a character. Instead of being someone’s likeness, it was my own character.” His works touch upon themes of spirituality, mythical narratives, anxiety, depression, and isolation.