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Statement

My works resemble autobiographical novels. Thinking about my dead relatives, my children who have gone from me, my grandchildren, my time remaining, and troublesome affaires, I depict as if comfort my mental exhaustion and heartbreak. I recognised, maybe, it is neither shadows nor traces but painfulness of fleeting life that I have hoped to represent for this 40 years. And I noticed that surrealism is the idea not to represent unreality and extraordinariness but to go to extremes of actuality.
Masaaki Yashima


Memories of his sister’s untimely death at the end of WWII, a shocking trauma experienced in Hiroshima and the indelible image of bodies drowning in a typhoon, were nostalgic inspiration for the work of Yashima Masaaki. His work is unparalleled in the Japanese art world because of his honest and direct approach to difficult and important subjects. This eloquent boldness had earned him the respect of his fellow artists and rising stars, including Hiroki Yasutomi.

In 1936, Yashima Masaaki was born in the town of Fujiwara, a mountaintop hamlet of middle Japanese archipelago. He majored in Japanese history and minored in fine art at Mie University. After graduation, Yashima began studying painting independently. He entered work into the Art and Cultural Exhibition, a Japanese surrealism group in 1961, and gradually distinguished himself by receiving the top honor twice in the Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition, widely viewed as a gateway to success for up-and-coming artists. In 1975, Yashima’s status was definitively raised when he received the grand prize at the Yasui Award Exhibition, the most esteemed art award in Japan at that time.

Since then, Yashima has repeatedly exhibited at galleries in Tokyo and Nagoya as well as the surrounding cities of the Tokai region. Yashima’s exhibition in 1987, sponsored by Mainichi Newspapers and the Cultural Affairs Department of the Saison Group, included an extensive survey of his nearly twenty year career. His career trajectory has been followed with keen interest by the Japanese art world especially in venues such as the Figurative Art for Tomorrow Exhibition in 1979, the Figurative Biennale in 1985, and the Osaka Triennale in 1996. After leaving the Art and Cultural Exhibition in 2001, he shifted focus to museums. Nagoya City Art Museum, Okazaki City Museum of Art and galleries located mainly in the Tokai region were followed by group exhibitions, in 2007 and 2009 with Katayama Takayuki and Yasutomi Hiroki at the Gallery of Ginza in Tokyo.

Yashima’s work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums including: the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, ShIga; Nagoya City Art Museum, Kariya City Art Museum, Okazaki City Museum of Art, Toyohashi City Museum of Art and History, Takahama City Kawara Museum, Kuwana City Museum, Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum, Hori Museum, Nagoya; Keiko Museum, Okinawa.

Biography

1936 Born in Mie, Japan
1959 Graduated from Faculty of Liberal Arts of Mie University (majored in Japanese history, sub-majored in fine arts)

Selected Solo Exhibition

1969 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Nayahashi Gallery, Nagoya
1971 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Geijutsu Seikatsu Gallery, Tokyo
1972 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Art Salon Hidaka, Nagoya
1974 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Art Salon Hidaka, Nagoya
1975 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Tobu Department Store, Tokyo
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Shimizu Gallery, Mie
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Garando Gallery, Nagoya
1976 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Paciphic Art Gallery, Tokyo
1977 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Garando Gallery, Nagoya
1978 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Hakuyo Art Salon, Mie
1979 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Garando Gallery, Nagoya
1980 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Hakuyo Art Salon, Mie
1981 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Garando Gallery, Nagoya
1982 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Hakuyo Art Salon, Mie
1983 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Bon, Gifu
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Murazumi, Aichi
1984 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Hakuyo Art Salon, Mie
1985 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Garando Gallery, Nagoya
1987 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, SEIBU Art Forum, Tokyo
1990 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
1992 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
1993 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Kosaido Gallery, Tokyo
1994 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Hankyu Umeda, Osaka
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
1996 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Mie Gallery, Mie
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Matsuzakaya Art Gallery, Mie
1997 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Maxim, Tokyo
1998 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Matsuzakaya Art Gallery, Mie
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Sawa, Nagoya
1999 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Maxim, Tokyo
2000 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Matsuzakaya Art Gallery, Mie
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery, Nagoya
2001 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Maxim, Tokyo
2002 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Maxim, Tokyo
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Muga-en in the Philosophical Exploration Village
2003 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
2004 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
2005 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum ISE, Mie
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Mie Gallery, Mie
2006 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
2007 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
2008 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
2009 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
2010 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya
Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
2011 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, YAMA Gallery, Mie
2012 Masaaki Yashima Exhibition, Gallery Meihodo, Nagoya

Selected Group Exhibition

1961 Art and Cultural Exhibition presented by Art and Cultural Association (since Then, every year).
1967 11th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo
1969 Japan Art Festival, Paris
1970 14th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo
1974 18th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition, Tokyo
Japan Art Festival, Montreal, Canada
1975 18th Annual Yasui Award Exhibition, Ikebukuro SEIBU, Tokyo
1976 Two Person Exhibition with Kojima Kihachiro, Tsubaki Modern Gallery
1977 8th Annual International Emerging Artists Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
13th Annual Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo
1978 12th Japan Internationl Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
1979 1st Figurative Art for Tomorrow Exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo
1980 Japanese Contemporary Manierisme, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
2nd Figurative Art for Tomorrow Exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo
1981 3rd Figurative Art for Tomorrow Exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo
1982 4th Figurative Art for Tomorrow Exhibition, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo
1985 Figurative Biennale, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, etc.
1989 Figurative Biennale, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, etc.
1996 Selected Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nanbaku-kan, Makurazaki
KOISO RYOHEI Grand Prize Exhibition, Kobe City Koiso Memorial Museum of Art
Osaka Triennale, Seaside Street Gallery, Osaka
1997 Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
1999 Japan China Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Fujian China and Makurasaki City
Active Fault - Pictorial Expression, Nagoya Civic Gallery, Aichi
2001 Osaka Triennale, Seaside Street Gallery, Osaka
2002 40 Years of the Yasui Award—Exhibition of the Japanese Painting, Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
2006 Art of Nagoya, Nagoya City Art Museum
2007 Secrets of Silence (Masaaki Yashima, Takaakki Katayama, Hiroki Yasutomi) Gallery GINZA Icchome, Tokyo
2008 Configuration Today; Various Colors and Form, Okazaki City Museum of Art, Aichi
Temptation of Prints, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi
2009 Fantasy and Abstraction, Okazaki City Museum of Art, Aichi
Secrets of Silence (Masaaki Yashima, Takaakki Katayama, Hiroki Yasutomi) Gallery GINZA Icchome, Tokyo
2010 60’s Contemporary Art of Aichi; Selected by Ichiro Hariu Hori Art Museum, Aichi

Award

1965 Award of Art and Cultural Exhibition
1967 Excellence Prize—11th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition
1970 Excellence Prize—14th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition
1974 Excellence Prize—18th Annual SHELL Art Award Exhibition
1975 Yasui Award—18th Annual Yasuisho Award Exhibition
1996 Excellence Prize—Koiso Ryohei Grand Prize Exhibition

Education Program

2009 Festival of Arts and Sciences 33rd Annual National High School, Mie – Lecture meeting and review
2010 Workshop in Nagoya City Art Museum, special lecturer of Children Museum in Summer Vacation

Public Colleciton

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art
Mie Prefectural Art Museum.
Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
Nagoya City Art Museum
Kariya City Art Museum
Okazaki City Museum of Art
Toyohashi City Museum of Art and History
Takahama City Kawara Museum
Kuwana City Museum
Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art
Toyokawa City Sakuragaoka Museum
Hori Museum, Nagoya
Keiko Museum, Okinawa

Selected Book Cover / Illustration

Matsumoto Seicho "EKIRO"
Morimura Seiichi "Hotbed of the Evil Education"
Yokokawa Kazuo "A Record Card of Moral Decay"
Shinoda Setsuko "In the Emptiness of Bluish Sky" (above Shincho Publishing)
Kikunaga Ken "Rainbow in the Grassy Plain" (Ishizue-sha) received Nippon Broadcasting Prize of Sankei Children’s Book Award


Notes

Art and Cultural Association
Group of Japanese Surrealists, founded by Aimitsu, Aso Saburo, Itozono Wasaburo, Terada Masaaki, Fukuzawa Ichiro, and other, in 1939.
Yasui Award
The most popular Prize for figurative paninting of late 20c in Japan. It continued from 1957 to 1997. Not only prize winner but also winning candidates could get honor and a chance to rise in fame.
Ichiro Hariu
(1950-2010) A representative art and literary critic of late 20c. Beeing so radical anti-authoritarian, he criticized the political system of artists' world. When he was in the master's course, he founded the study group for avant-garde arts called Yoru-no-kai with famous artists, critics, novelist including Abe Kobo.