Shintaro Miyake, ‘The Gate’, 2010, Japigozzi Collection

Signature: Signed and dated on both the recto and verso

Image rights: © Shintaro Miyake, image courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

La Nouvelle Garde Japonaise Exhibition, Galerie Robespierre, Grande-Synthe: September 20 - November 2, 2013

Cavaliero, Sophie "Nouvelle Garde, De L'Art Contemporain Japonais" Le Lezard Noir, 2011 pp. 22

About Shintaro Miyake

Shintaro Miyake makes large-scale drawings featuring recurring characters, sometimes in detailed scenes, though his works do not contain narratives. Miyake is perhaps best known for drawing character portraits while wearing hand-made costumes of the characters—the creative act itself being a performance. He believes that “to wear the character costume is an expression of making a portrait of myself.” Both his costumes and drawn figures are distinctive for their ovular heads and gaping eyes and mouths. He cites a range of influences, including Salvador Dalí and the Gugging artists, the latter inspiring Miyake to begin working in crayon and colored pencil.

Japanese, b. 1970