Lopyu | Designer | Osaka, Japan
I majored in French literature in college, but was interested in literature, music, and art in general. I have never had any education in painting. I am entirely self-taught. It wasn't until after I graduated from college that I really got serious about art. One day, I got the urge to draw, and from that day on, I started sketching as if I was possessed. It was like a divine revelation, and I believe it is the foundation of what I do today. Until then, I wanted to be a musician, but gradually I became interested in the direction of integrated art, using music, painting, and words.
I have organized several installations.
1993「Maternal Eternity」 YOKOHAMA /MARKET
1994「Room Flowing With Milk &Honey」TOKYO/ Lalanne Gallery
1996「House of LOVE」TOKYO/ BAR Big BAMBOO
1997「Caligravie」TOKYO/ LE DECO
1998「ROSE Tharapy」TOKYO/ LE DECO
I have created paintings, objects, and sculptures by myself, and composed music.
It was interesting for me to think about the concept of the exhibition and to consider the space itself as art, rather than just displaying works of art.
Music is an important element and has always been at the center of my interest. My art is heavily influenced by music and poetry. My favorite art is always poetic, and I like to think of it as having a musical feel to it.
My creations are not classified as abstract or figurative, and I basically start with nothing. I do not start out with an image of something in mind. Even though I create with my own eyes and hands, they appear suddenly before my eyes as if they already existed somewhere. The process of painting is to observe them carefully, work on them patiently, and reach a point where I can objectively call them a work of art. In other words, it is a process of generating an image. The reason I finish my work digitally is that the process is completely unexpected, and interesting discoveries are made. For me, painting is a kind of alchemy.
I am not interested in technical painting or fine art in general. If I am bound by concepts other than the act of painting, i.e., business or technique, I feel that it is not something I should be involved in. I don't want those motivations to get lost in the style of the painting, and I don't want to create something that is a distraction from my own self-expression. Even though I do not insist on being a painter, art has become an indispensable part of my life. I feel that the energy of creation has never died out, that it has taken root in me, and that it is a part of my life. Painting is like keeping a diary.
The greatest joy of painting is not knowing in advance what will be created. Without a subject or a concrete idea, I simply move my hands on impulse, and a vision begins to appear. When I look at the finished product, I only need to objectively judge whether or not it is a piece of art based on my own personal aesthetic sense. In this sense, I may be an artist and an artisan at the same time.