Exhibition: Paintings by Yuko Nasu, Special Private Tour and Talk

Date: Tuesday, 27th January 2009, 6.30pm
Exhibition: 22nd January to 21st February 2009
Venue: The Arts Gallery, 65 Davies Street, London, W1K 5DA
Fee: Free (booking required)

This special private exhibition tour and talk with emerging Japanese artist Yuko Nasu is exclusively for Japan Society members.The exhibition entitled John Doe: Imagined portraits of unknown people, presents a series of imaginary portraits capturing a unique personal vision that fuses British and Japanese culture.
Nasu’s work has historically explored issues of identity, perception and recognition. For John Doe, Nasu takes inspiration from the visual language of gossip magazines and discarded newspapers. Unfamiliar with thecultural references or celebrities in contemporary British media stories, Nasu is free to develop her own interpretations. Her work obsessively revisits this theme, combining a variety of physical features to forge new identities and imagined histories.
Nasu’s signature wide brush strokes and unique colour combinations add to the anonymity of her characters, creating a camouflage. This technique draws on viewers’ own preconceptions, resulting in a shared perspective of displacement, where both artist and viewer join a collaborative search for the real identity of the portraits.
As part of the exhibition there will be various other events at the same venue: please see the University of the Arts London website www. arts.ac.uk for further details. Please use the booking form in this booklet to reserve your place, or contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 7828 6330 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk

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