Tomokazu Matsuyama, ‘The Future Is Always Bright’, 2010, Maharam
Tomokazu Matsuyama, ‘The Future Is Always Bright’, 2010, Maharam

The Future Is Always Bright blends elements from the Japanese tradition of large-scale screen and wall painting with more contemporary themes: the struggle for survival and success and the preservation of optimism in the face of ceaseless routine. By incorporating classical Japanese symbols for prosperity and longevity - the koi, swan, and turtle - The Future Is Always Bright is a talisman for difficult times.

About Tomokazu Matsuyama

Traditional Japanese icons and imagery and the American visual motifs of street art and Abstract Expressionism led Tomokazu Matsuyama to a distinct personal aesthetic. Using intensely colorful acrylic on canvas, he begins with an abstract background, then layers figures mined from Edo Japanese and American traditions, repetitive shapes, and patterns. These paintings are often mural-sized, referencing both classical Japanese wall painting and graffiti simultaneously. For Matsuyama, they are statements about the impact of globalization on individual cultural identity.

Japanese, b. 1976, Tokyo, Japan, based in Brooklyn, New York