Yutaka Watanabe
Japanese, born 1981

Yutaka Watanabe’s paintings are abstract yet familiar. His compositions appear to reference houses and structures, landscapes, and trees; they are in fact based on the artist’s filtered and distorted memories. To create these works, Watanabe says that he “imagine[s] an anonymous place and plank space, then embod[ies] and reconstruct[s] the power and memory which remain.” He is, however, careful to avoid specific references to places and objects, in the hopes that his viewer will see whatever he or she would like. His real subject is visual perception and the ways in which people form visual associations with shapes and colors. In 2010, Watanabe debuted his first sculptural works, which continue on themes of space and simplified, abstract forms.

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