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額田 宣彦 Nobuhiko Nukata

"往来 coming and going"

July 31 - August 31, 2024   (summer holiday August 11-20)

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, July 31, 18:00-19:00​

Open Wed - Sat, 12:00-19:00

Press Release   EN / JP
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"M25/M60 mu482” 2022 oil chalk gesso on linen  130.3×80.3cm

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 2024年5月 額田宣彦」


1963 年大阪府生まれ、愛知県在住。1990 年愛知県立芸術大学大学院美術研究科油画専攻修了。主な展覧会に、「ひらいて、むすんで」岡崎市美術博物館(2024, 愛知)、「GROUND3 絵画のふつうーふつうの絵画」アートラボ愛知 (2023, 愛知)、「F.P.M.S.」HAGIWARA PROJECTS(2018, 東京)、「GROUND2」 武蔵野美術⼤学美術館, (2016, 東京)、「蜘蛛の糸」豊田市美術館(2016, 愛知)、「GROUND2」武蔵野美術大学美術館(2016, 東京)、「MOTコレクション特別企画 クロニクル1995-」東京都現代美術館(2014, 東京)、「寺田コレクションの若手作家たち」 東京オペラシティアートギャラリー(2011, 東京)、「暗順応」 ギャルリー東京ユマニテ(2010, 東京)、「放課後の原っぱ-櫃田伸也とその教え子たち-」 愛知県美術館、名古屋市美術館(2009, 愛知)、「キュレーターの視点-〈点〉と〈網〉」 埼玉県立近代美術館(2005, 埼玉)、ギャラリーNWハウス(1997, 東京)、水戸芸術館現代美術センタークリテリオム(1997, 茨城)など。



Hagiwara Projects is delighted to announce the solo exhibition "coming and going” by Norihiko Nukata, opening on Wednesday, July 31, 2024. This marks his first solo exhibition with our gallery in six years.


Since the 1990s, Nukata has participated in numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries, showcasing his evolving body of work. In the mid-1990s, he established a distinctive style of drawing grid-like structures reminiscent of jungle gyms. Today, his method involves painting lines freehand on uniformly primed linen, following the fabric's weave without the aid of masking tape.

This exhibition will feature a selection of works born from the process of "drawing lines along the fabric's weave," including "horizontal lines," "point," " diagonal parallel lines," " diagonal lines," "triangles," and "jungle gym." This selection highlights the evolution from his previous "diagonal lines" series and introduces new approaches.

By adhering to a consistent procedure in his creative process, Nukata reduces arbitrary decisions and subjective evaluations, resulting in what he describes as "a painting that substantiates itself." His works, characterized by their simple, yet tense clarity and the  cumulative traces of time, invite viewers to reconsider their choices and value judgments. Instead of focusing on deciphering the depicted images, his art offers the freedom to question and explore. Through this engagement, Nukata aims to resonate with the universal sensibilities and perceptions at the core of human experience, fostering a rich dialogue with the audience.

Artist statement:

Since the 1990s "Jungle Gym" series, various other series have been created. Since 2010, the process of "drawing lines along the fabric's weave" has been incorporated. Each series has been developed in a non-hierarchical, transversal, and fragmentary manner, presenting a "reciprocal relationship" between beauty and painting. For example, approaches such as "drawing lines along the fabric's weave" and "using ready-made paints and stretcher frames" are derived from the reciprocal relationship between the invisible and the visible, similar to the relationship between "form" and "shape." The "form," like the state of "beauty," is a "trace" that does not reveal itself. On the other hand, the "shape" that is the "painting" itself can serve as a foundation. 

                                                                                                                                                                            Nobuhiko Nukata May 2024


Nukata Nobuhiko, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1963, currently resides in Aichi Prefecture. He completed his master's degree in oil painting at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1990. His major exhibitions include "Opening and Connecting" Okazaki City Museum (2024, Aichi), "GROUND3: Ordinary in Painting - Ordinary Painting" Art Lab Aichi (2023, Aichi), "F.P.M.S." HAGIWARA PROJECTS (2018, Tokyo), "GROUND2" Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2016, Tokyo), "Spider's Thread" Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (2016, Aichi), "GROUND2" Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2016, Tokyo), “Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection Chronicle 1995 –” The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2014, Tokyo), " Younger Generation of the Terada Collection" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2011, Tokyo), "dark adaptation" Galerie Tokyo Humanité (2010, Tokyo), " In the Little Playland - Hitsuda Nobuya and his surrounding students" Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and Nagoya City Art Museum (2009, Aichi), "Curator's Eye - 'Dot' and 'Net'" Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (2005, Saitama), Gallery NW House (1997, Tokyo), Contemporary Art Center Criterium at Art Tower Mito (1997, Ibaraki), among others.

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