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100 FACES AND FRIENDS
February 23 to April 1, 2017
At Atelier Circulaire Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday February 23rd, 5:30 pm
Tomiyuki Sakuta, Masks at the opening of exhibition « 100 Faces and Friends », 2016 (4 images).
Atelier Circulaire presents the exhibition 100 Faces and Friends of the internationally known Japanese artist Tomiyuki Sakuta. The opening will be a rendezvous not to be missed, and an opportunity to meet this generous artist with his sensitive and personal approach. On this occasion, the artist will give masks with his portraits for free, for the visitors to wear and take home. Do not miss this event on Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30 pm on at the Atelier Circulaire Gallery. The exhibition will continue until April 1st 2017.
For this exhibition, Tomiyuki Sakuta presents a multitude of small formats forming a phantasmagoric world populated by more than a hundred faces. The artist describes his approach as follows:
"I live fluidly as the days go by. I think constantly. I sometimes think too much and then feel nervous and confused. It may not happen just to me. To express myself, I draw these emotions that are very personal and sensitive, because these are the only ones I can be absolutely certain of. The series Visages represents a hundred emotions that are inside of me and the series Friends, a hundred emotional impressions that I have observed in others, maybe in you…"
On the day of the vernissage, the artist will give to visitors masks with images of his imaginary characters. On the back of each, he will offer to do the calligraphy of the visitor's name in Kanji characters. Atelier Circulaire is waiting for you!
Born in Japan and a graduate of the Zokei University of Art and Design, Tomiyuki Sakuta has exhibited and has been awarded prizes nationally and internationally, including in Poland, Bulgaria, China and Thailand. He had a residency at Atelier Circulaire in 2016 and participated in artists’ residencies in China, Sweden, Australia, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium. His work can be seen in several private and public collections, including the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art in the United States and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Thailand. He lives and works in Tokyo (artist website).