BASARA CORE: The World of TENMYOUYA Hisashi

Taipei

October 22 - December 10, 2022

INTRODUCTION

As a representative of “The Fighters,” TENMYOUYA has consistently depicted heroic images in the history and context of Japanese art, from the raging gods of the mythical world, armored warriors, Edo knights, and modern Sentai heroes. BASARA was originally the social trend of the Northern and Southern Dynasties in Japan; it referred to a kind of rebellion in the Warring States period. BASARA is a genealogy of gorgeous and destructive beauty that is the opposite of wabi, sabi, and zen, which are the representatives of Japanese culture. TENMYOUYA’s aesthetics of BASARA presents the dialogue between the tradition and the contemporary. The beautiful decorative style and imposing rebellious power can be seen from works such as Sword God, Spear God, and Japanese Spirit No.18.

TENMYOUYA HISASHI

The “CORE” series not only embodies the world of TENMYOUYA, but it also injects new life into the BASARA aesthetics. In his new abstract painting series “CORE,” there is a somewhat sci-fi image of colors being sucked into or expelled from the black hole. The “CORE” series is also conceived as a new genealogy following Japanese abstract art represented by Gutai and Mono-ha. including the Circle by Jiro Yoshihara, Ukiyo-e by Hokusai Katsushika, the explosion scene in the anime AKIRA, and Pixel Dots in the digital era are sources of inspiration. After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and the global epidemic of the coronavirus that began in 2019, TENMYOUYA’s new series “CORE” draws empty circles of unprecedented turmoil such as premonitions of collapse and dimensional rifts.

Hana 1.2.3

A set of three paintings created in the image of an altarpiece common in Western art. The central painting features a person whose head is vanishing into a hole, while the left and right paintings represent other dimensions with black holes that are overflowing with various colors. This triptych style is an exhibition method commonly used by Tenmyouya.

Dan - Step

Dan - Step

2022
Acrylic, Gesso, Wood
9.0 × 9.0 × 1.9, 8.0 × 82.2 × 1.9, 8.0 × 50.5 × 1.9cm

Hana - Aura

Hana - Aura

2022
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Gold Leaf
150.0 × 35.0 × 2.7, 150.0 × 63.0 × 3.3, 150.0 × 35.0 × 2.7cm

Ren - Communicating

Ren - Communicating

2022
Acrylic, Gesso, Wood
8.0 × 59.7 × 1.9, 9.0 × 12.5 × 1.9, 8.0 × 32.2 × 1.9cm

Shin - Truth

Shin - Truth

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
103.0 × 72.8 × 2.7cm

Ryo - Coolness

Ryo - Coolness

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
35.0 × 150.0 × 2.7cm

Iku - Growth

Iku - Growth

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
35.0 × 150.0 × 2.7cm

Yatagarasu (Rokukyoku Isso)  Set Of 2

Yatagarasu (Rokukyoku Isso) Set Of 2

2020
Folding Screen, Acrylic, Torinoko Japanese Paper, Pencil
181.8 × 360.0cm

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Battle Of Flying Dragon Riders

Battle Of Flying Dragon Riders

2017
Acrylic, Paper, Gold Leaf, Folding Screen
151.4 × 303.2cm

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Japanese Spirit #18

Japanese Spirit #18

2015-2021
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Wood
200.0 × 92.0cm

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God’s Perfect Trick

God’s Perfect Trick

2009
Japanese Paper, Acrylic, Mounting, Rope, Bell, Thread
60.0×45.0, 26.5×8.0cm

Sold

Fighting spirit Small Sketch

Fighting spirit Small Sketch

2007
Panel, Tracing Paper, Pencil
37.6 × 75.0cm

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Dan - Step

2022
Acrylic, Gesso, Wood
9.0 × 9.0 × 1.9, 8.0 × 82.2 × 1.9, 8.0 × 50.5 × 1.9cm

Hana - Aura

2022
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Gold Leaf
150.0 × 35.0 × 2.7, 150.0 × 63.0 × 3.3, 150.0 × 35.0 × 2.7cm

Ren - Communicating

2022
Acrylic, Gesso, Wood
8.0 × 59.7 × 1.9, 9.0 × 12.5 × 1.9, 8.0 × 32.2 × 1.9cm

Shin - Truth

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
103.0 × 72.8 × 2.7cm

Ryo - Coolness

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
35.0 × 150.0 × 2.7cm

Iku - Growth

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
35.0 × 150.0 × 2.7cm

Yatagarasu (Rokukyoku Isso) Set Of 2

2020
Folding Screen, Acrylic, Torinoko Japanese Paper, Pencil
181.8 × 360.0cm

Sold

Battle Of Flying Dragon Riders

2017
Acrylic, Paper, Gold Leaf, Folding Screen
151.4 × 303.2cm

Sold

Japanese Spirit #18

2015-2021
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Wood
200.0 × 92.0cm

Sold

God’s Perfect Trick

2009
Japanese Paper, Acrylic, Mounting, Rope, Bell, Thread
60.0×45.0, 26.5×8.0cm

Sold

Fighting spirit Small Sketch

2007
Panel, Tracing Paper, Pencil
37.6 × 75.0cm

Sold

Dan - Step
Hana - Aura
Ren - Communicating
Shin - Truth
Ryo - Coolness
Iku - Growth
Yatagarasu (Rokukyoku Isso)  Set Of 2
Battle Of Flying Dragon Riders
Japanese Spirit #18
God’s Perfect Trick
Fighting spirit Small Sketch

Blood, Ha - Break, Mirror

The left painting "Blood" and the right painting "Mirror" were created in 2014. "Blood" was inspired by the idea of God creating man from the dust of the ground. "Mirror" represents the sun or the mirror, one of the Three Sacred Treasures in Shinto. The central painting "Ha - Break" depicts a black hole or dimensional rift. This is just one of the many possible interpretations of the work. In his 2014 solo exhibition "Rhyme II", Tenmyouya arranged it with "Blood" on the left, "Brutal" in the center, and "Mirror" on the right. This time, he replaced "Brutal" with "Ha - Break", though they represent similar meanings.

Blood

Blood

2014
Acrylic, Wood, Black Gesso, Aluminum
110.0 × 69.45cm

Ha - Break

Ha - Break

2022
Wood, Acrylic
150.0 × 63.0 × 3.3cm

Mirror

Mirror

2014
Acrylic, Wood, Black Gesso, Resin, Aluminum
110.0 × 69.45cm

Handiwork

Handiwork

2014
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
45.0 × 45.0cm

Blood

Blood

2014
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
45.0 × 45.0cm

Picture Of Five Rings Sky

Picture Of Five Rings Sky

2009
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer, Old Cloth, Fuchin, Metal Fittings
114.0 × 49.0 × 10.0cm

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Rain God

Rain God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer
91.5 × 82.1cm

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Robot Aizen Myouou

Robot Aizen Myouou

2016
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
200.0 × 145.0cm

Robot Aizen Myouou

Robot Aizen Myouou

2016
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
200.0 × 145.0cm

Snow God

Snow God

2018
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer
103.0 × 72.8cm

Spear God

Spear God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
103.0 × 72.8cm

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Sword God

Sword God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
103.0 × 72.8cm

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Blood

2014
Acrylic, Wood, Black Gesso, Aluminum
110.0 × 69.45cm

Ha - Break

2022
Wood, Acrylic
150.0 × 63.0 × 3.3cm

Mirror

2014
Acrylic, Wood, Black Gesso, Resin, Aluminum
110.0 × 69.45cm

Handiwork

2014
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
45.0 × 45.0cm

Blood

2014
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
45.0 × 45.0cm

Picture Of Five Rings Sky

2009
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer, Old Cloth, Fuchin, Metal Fittings
114.0 × 49.0 × 10.0cm

Sold

Rain God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer
91.5 × 82.1cm

Sold

Robot Aizen Myouou

2016
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
200.0 × 145.0cm

Robot Aizen Myouou

2016
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
200.0 × 145.0cm

Snow God

2018
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood, Lacquer
103.0 × 72.8cm

Spear God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
103.0 × 72.8cm

Sold

Sword God

2019
Black Gesso, Acrylic, Wood
103.0 × 72.8cm

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Blood
Ha - Break
Mirror
Handiwork
Blood
Picture Of Five Rings Sky
Rain God
Robot Aizen Myouou
Robot Aizen Myouou
Snow God
Spear God
Sword God

Shi - Thought

One of the paintings in the new "CORE" abstract art series. The series represents a new lineage that follows from the Japanese abstract art of Gutai and Mono-ha, created in the extravagant style of “BASARA”. It was inspired by works such as Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara's "Circle", Gutai member Atsuko Tanaka's "Electric Dress", Hieronymus Bosch's altarpieces, Katsushika Hokusai's "A Tour of the Waterfalls", the explosion scenes in the "AKIRA" manga, as well as pixel art.

Toki - Time

Toki - Time

2022
Wood, Acrylic
160.3 × 100.0cm

Shi - Thought

Shi - Thought

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
103.0 × 72.8 × 2.7cm

Chu - Space

Chu - Space

2022
Wood, Acrylic
70.0 × 40.0 × 3.3cm

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Rin - Power

Rin - Power

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Pyo - Energy

Pyo - Energy

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.4cm

Toh - Harmony

Toh - Harmony

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Sha - Healing

Sha - Healing

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.5cm

Kai - Intuition

Kai - Intuition

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.6cm

Jin - Awareness

Jin - Awareness

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.7cm

Retsu - Dimension

Retsu - Dimension

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.8cm

Zai - Creation

Zai - Creation

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Zen - Enlightenment

Zen - Enlightenment

2022
Wood, Acrylic
160.0 × 110.0 × 3.0cm

Toki - Time

2022
Wood, Acrylic
160.3 × 100.0cm

Shi - Thought

2022
Wood, Acrylic, Black Gesso
103.0 × 72.8 × 2.7cm

Chu - Space

2022
Wood, Acrylic
70.0 × 40.0 × 3.3cm

Sold

Rin - Power

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Pyo - Energy

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.4cm

Toh - Harmony

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Sha - Healing

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.5cm

Kai - Intuition

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.6cm

Jin - Awareness

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.7cm

Retsu - Dimension

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.8cm

Zai - Creation

2022
Wood, Acrylic
59.4 × 42.0 × 2.3cm

Zen - Enlightenment

2022
Wood, Acrylic
160.0 × 110.0 × 3.0cm

Toki - Time
Shi - Thought
Chu - Space
Rin - Power
Pyo - Energy
Toh - Harmony
Sha - Healing
Kai - Intuition
Jin - Awareness
Retsu - Dimension
Zai - Creation
Zen - Enlightenment

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BASARA CORE: The World of TENMYOUYA Hisashi
October 22 - December 10, 2022

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