佐々木卓也「野に放たれる──」

Takuya Sasaki

Unleashed to the external world ⸺

2023.12.13 - 2024.01.19
11:00 -19:00 (Closes at 17:00 on Saturdays)
*Closed on Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays
**Closed for year-end & New Year holidays from December 28 through January 8
ABOUT

ART FOR THOUGHT is pleased to present Takuya Sasaki's "Unleashed to the external world ──" as the last exhibition of the year.

This is an exhibition of new works drawn in the year 2023 by Sasaki, who has been painting expressive animal gestures with a powerful touch.

The exhibition, which will span from December 2023 to January 2024, will include Christmas reindeers and also dragons, inspired by the year 2024, the year of the dragon. We hope you will enjoy the show.

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*We will have an artist reception this Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and you are all welcome to join!

ARTIST'S INTRODUCTION / STATEMENT

Released from the cage into the wild. In this age of diversity, it is no longer necessary to aim for "success" or "wealth," as long as each individual lives his or her life in his or her own way. However, I can't help but feel a sense of discomfort. This is not the same as abandoning effort and saying, "I'm fine the way I am," or becoming selfish and saying, "Other people don't matter.

In this age of diversity, it is no longer necessary to aim for "success" or "wealth"; each of us can live our lives in our own way. However, I can't help but feel a sense of discomfort. This is not the same as abandoning effort, saying "I'm fine the way I am," or becoming selfish, saying "I don't care about other people. We have been liberated from the stereotypical values of "success" and released from the comfort of the zoo into the wild. We can be peaceful herbivores or stimulating carnivores, we can help each other in a herd or live lightly on our own. We are forced to make decisions about how to live, one by one. After all, the age of diversity also means liberation to the harsh savanna.

Pandas, lions, cats, giraffes, and penguins...... every animal Sasaki draws is painted with a smooth, unhesitating touch and has background colors that seem to express emotion and personality. The strength of each piece gave us a sense of Sasaki's way of life, as he releases animals one after another from their cages into the wild. In this exhibition, I would like to hang animal paintings all over the walls. I would like to ask each viewer which animal's way of life he or she would choose to be like. You, too, are about to be released into the wild.

Curator: Keiichiro Tao

BIOGRAPHY

He was born with so many layers of umbilical cord wrapped around his body that he could not produce a birth voice, but was later found to be autistic.
He has loved drawing and clay works since he was a child, and has continued to create many paintings and sculptures, mainly using animals and people as motifs.
Since the age of 20, he has held solo exhibitions every year and has participated in numerous museum and group exhibitions.
Many of his works are permanently exhibited in places such as Starbucks Coffee and City Bakery.

SOLO/GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1996  First solo exhibition at INAX Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo

1997  "Form in Art" exhibition at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo

1999  "Art to Revitalize" (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)

2000  Published a picture book of collective works "Okaasan (mothers)" (by Shogakukan)
         *This book was recommended by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in 2003

2001  Exhibition "Hand in Hand: Connecting the World" (Chikumagawa Highway Museum, Chikumagawa, Nagano)

2003 Solo Exhibition (Tokyo Gallery: Ginza/Tokyo)

2006 "Life Exhibition" at Art Tower Mito

2006 - every year (except 2007) Solo Exhibition (Suju Gallery: Karuizawa/Nagano)    

2007 Solo Exhibition (Shiga Kogen Roman Museum)

2009 "Painting Mona Lisa" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, museums in Hong Kong, Paris: Château Clos Lucé, etc.) 

2010  “Exhibition of Innocence”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi, Japan  

2011-16 Participated in “Yorisou” Exhibition by Chizuru Azuma (Nakano - Sendai - Ishinomaki - Onahama - Harajuku - Akasaka)                   

2012 Exhibition of "Painting Mona Lisa II", won a Grand Prix prize and the Setouchi Municipal Museum of Art prize

2013-2014 Created advertising illustrations for American Home Insurance Company: Published in Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi, Nikkei, and Sankei Shimbun.  Also used in AIG's advertisements around the world

2013 "Painting the Owl" Exhibition (Kevin Morris Gallery : New York, America)        

2017 Diversity in the Arts at COREDO Muromachi by Nippon Foundation (Otemachi Tower OOTEMORI)

2019 ART FOR THOUGHT Ginza/Tokyo (Shape of Family vol.3 individual exhibition (2019-2022 Solo exhibitions)

2020 MOB museum of alternative-art "Two Takuyas" Exhibition (Oguchi, Nakagawa-cho, Nasu-gun)     

2023  
Participated in momiji Artist collection (Kenichi Matsuyama's brand) (sold at Wako Ginza main store and Shinjuku Isetan)
Participated in "Five Senses Noritake Kinashi" exhibition at Daikanyama Hillside Forum & Exhibition Room

Participated in many other solo, group, and collective exhibitions 
Appeared on TV, in newspapers and magazines

PERMANENT EXHIBITION LOCATION

Starbucks (Futakotamagawa Rise Dogwood Plaza store, Ueno Onshi Park store)

City Bakery (Nakameguro Station Store, Akasaka Ark Hills Store, Kichijoji Parco Store)

Suju Dining (Tokyo Shin-Marunouchi Building)

Bakery & Restaurant Sawamura (Nakakaruizawa, Tokyo Shin-Marunouchi Building)

Bread &Tapas Sawamura (Minami-Azabu, Tokyo)

Restaurant Suju & Kawakamian (Karuizawa, Japan)  

Restaurant Azumagura (in Bunraku Sake Brewery, Ageo City, Japan)

SAWAMURA (Toranomon Hills, Tokyo)

Suju Gallery Dark Eyes Komoro

Hotel Green Plaza Tojoko (Kato-shi, Hyogo)

See Exhibitions List