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Statement

It is tedious for me to show a explicit synopsis of the story in artworks. I want to keep Japanese vagueness or ambiguity. Thereby, I’ll represent images that they cannot tell it is real or surreal, dawn or evening. If someone asks “which do you want to depict, smiling face or sad face?”, I’ll say “an ambiguous face different from being woodenly expressionless”. I try to get close to a image before defined words.
Kozo Izawa

Kozo Izawa consistently draws very simple, pared down images; girls or poinsettia stand in a space, where we cannot distinguish the time of day. The image is at once realistic and surrealistic. Girls seem to inhabit both the earthly and the spirit realms. Izawa has created an ambiguous and mysterious world where a clear meaning is elusive. His work is a mirror reflecting the viewer’s state of mind.

In 1955, Liquitex, the first water-based acrylic paint was developed in the United States, and rapidly spread throughout the art world. In Japan, acrylic paint became a popular medium used primarily by young artists at many exhibitions since 1970’s. Izawa was studying Western style painting in Kyoto City University during this time. As an ambitious young man in his twenties, he intended to be a pioneer of acrylic painting, shying away from the guidance of the oil painting masters.

In 1977, Izawa won a prize at Dokuritsu Exhibition, a leading group exhibition of Japanese art, and then officially beginning his career as an artist. In 1981, he received the excellence prize of Tokyo Central Museum Oil Painting Grand Prize Exhibition. In 1984, he was selected with Kinutani Koji, Tamura Noriko, and the other artists, in the Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, and winning the Award of Excellence in 1988. Since 1985, he has received the Yasui Award Exhibition, the most prestigious art award for Japanese society in those days. In 1991, he was recognized as the artist to assume the next generation by Kyoto city.

He was selected with Takayama Tatsuo, Nakayama Tadahiko and other leading artists to show in Ryo-yo-no-me (Eye combining Western and Eastrn civilization) Exhibition in 1990, a forum founded by Kawakita Michiaki, one of the best Japanese art critics. He has energetically exhibited not only in the Kansai region, his home area, but also in Tokyo, in the 1990s and later; with solo exhibits in venues like Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi in 1995, and Kinokuniya Gallery in 2010.

Izawa’s work is included in the permanent collections of: Kyoto prefecture and the other local authorities, Hoki Museum, Kobe College Junior and Senior High School.

Biography

1956 Born in Nara, Japan
1980 M.F.A., in Kyoto City University of Arts

Selected Solo Exhibition

1979 Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
1982 Ebisubahashi Gallery, Osaka
1983 Gallery Suishin, Osaka
Ebisubashi Gallery, Osaka
1985 Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
1986 Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
1988 Matsuzakaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
1990 The Mayer Gallery, Oregon
Matsuzakaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
1991 Gallery Nakamura, Kyoto
Gallery Kaho, Nara
Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
1994 Grand Gallery, Osaka
1995 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
Osaka Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Osaka
1997 Nara Kintetsu Art Gallery, Nara
Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
1999 Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
Osaka Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Osaka
Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
2001 Gallery Ashiya, Osaka
2005 Art Space Higashiyama, Kyoto
2006 Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka
2009 Watanabe Fine Art Gallery, Osaka
2010 Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo
Art Space Mugen, Osaka

Selected Group Exhibition

1977 45th Dokuritsu Exhibition , (since then every year)
1981 Tokyo Central Museum Oil Painting Grand Prix Ehibition, Tokyo
1982 6th Kyoto Art Selected Exhibition, Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture
5th Annual Modern Japanese Art Exhibition, Uji Civic Center, Kyoto
1984 1st Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
1985 28th Yasuisho Award Exhibition, Seibu Museum, Tokyo
2nd Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1986 3rd Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1987 4th Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Kozo Izawa, Rieko Morita Exhibition, Gallery Nakamura, Kyoto
1988 31st Yasuisho Award Exhibition, Seibu Museum
5th Japanese Emerging Artist Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1990 Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition , Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1991 Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
26th Showa-kai Exhibition, Nichido Gallery
1992 Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
1993 36th Yasuisho Award Exhibition, Saison Museum, Tokyo
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
KOISO RYOHEI Grand Prize Exhibition, Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art
IMA — Today Art Painting Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo
1994 Exhibition of Kanayama Heizo Memorial Art Award, Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo
Cross Section of Contemporary Painting '94 Western Style Painting Kyoto Exhibition, Museum of Kyoto
1995 38th Yasuisho Award Exhibition, Saison Museum, Tokyo
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Weg' 95 Exhibition, Shirota Gallery, Tokyo
1996 Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
Selected Exhibition of the Latest artists, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Two Person Exhibition with Kahoru Sunaoshi, Otemae Art Center, Hyogo
Two Person Exhibition with Yuzo Yasuda, Tobu Depertoment Store, Tokyo
1997 OTEMAE ART SCINE, Otemae Art Center, Hyogo
The standard-bearers of 21st Century; Selected Exhibition of Excellent Western Style Painters, Iyotestu Sogo, Matsuyama
1998 Selected Exhibition of the Latest artists, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
2000 Selected Exhibition of the Latest artists, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
2001 MAEDA KANJI Grand Prize Exhibition, Kurayoshi Museum, Tottori
2002 ISUMI Exhibition; The member of DOKURITSU Art Association, Art Salon Yutaka, Kanazawa
2003 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
22nd Outstanding Rising Artists Exhibition in 2003 Presented by Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation, Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
Exhibition of Four Viewpoints, Amashin Museum, Hyogo
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2004 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2005 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
ISUMI Exhibition, Gallery ASUTO 1, Tsu City, Mie
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2006 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
IZUMI Exhibition, Gallery thumbhole, Tokyo
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2007 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2008 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
IZUMI Exhibition, Art Space Higashiyama, Kyoto
Collage-town Nishinomiya – Future, Nishinomiya City Kitaguchi Gallery, Hyogo
2009 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
Ryo-yo-no-Me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
Hyogo Prefecture Art Organization Committee; Selected Painting Exhibition, Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
2010 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2011 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya
HINANO-KAI Exhibition, Gallery HINA, Hyogo
2012 EVOLUTION 16, TAKASHMAYA Art Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

Award

1981 Excellence Prize—Tokyo Central Museum Oil Painting Grand Prize Exhibition
1986 New Face Award—Dokuritsu Exhibition
1988 Award of Exellence—5th Japan Young Painters Exhibition
1989 Encouragement Award—Dokuritsu Exhibition
1991 The Best Young Artist Award by Kyoto City
1996 Dokuritsu Prize—Dokuritsu Exhibition

Public Collection

Kyoto Prefecture
Nabari City
Hoki Museum
Kobe College Junior and Senior High School


Notes

Dokuritsu Exhibition
Exhibition of the Dokuritsu Art Association. It is the one of the most representative and proficient artists group in Japan, founded by Kojima Zenzaburo, Satomi Katsuzo, Hayashi Takeshi, Migishi Kotaro and others in 1930.
Ryo-yo-no-me Contemporary Art Painting Exhibition
Ryo-yo-no-me means Eye combining Western and Eastrn civilization. The representative annual selected exhibition of Japanese art scene in 2000’s decade. It started from mid 90’s, and ended in 2010. In the early years, Michiaki Kawakita, an art critic, led selection of artists. He selected not only venerable authority but also connoisseur's favorite artists.
Showa-kai Exhibition, Nichido Gallery
Nichido Gallery is the most popular gallery in Japan, established in 1928. Showa-kai Exhibition is the grand prix exhibition presented by Nichido Gallery, to dig up promising artists. As Yasui Award Exhibition, not only prizewinner but also winning candidates could get honor and a chance to rise in fame.