Hiroyuki Matsuura

SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN—

Quiet World

Quiet World, 2020

SOLD

Mask, 2015

SOLD

ESLITE GALLERY is pleased to present a Hiroyuki Matsuura solo exhibition, “SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN—Quiet World,” from 05 September to 04 October 2020, featuring canvas works, prints, sculptures, works on paper as well as limited edition soft-vinyl figures by the versatile artist. This marks Matsuura’s first solo exhibition in Taiwan in 12 years.

“‘Characters’ are imaginary yet real beings. Think for a moment of a world without them, how lonely would many feel? This is proof of their existence.”

——Hiroyuki Matsuura

THE APPLE - Black, 2020

SOLD

THE APPLE - Standard, 2020

NT$580,000

Parallel Emergence, 2017

SOLD

March, 2011

SOLD

Goat Boy, 2020

SOLD

Vanilla Bravery (Mint), 2011

SOLD

“‘Characters’ are imaginary yet real beings. Think for a moment of a world without them, how lonely would many feel? This is proof of their existence.” Before anime became a prominent art genre, Hiroyuki Matsuura had already begun creating “characters” twenty years ago. Drawing from childhood recollections of animation and soft vinyl toys, he invents “characters” as a second human species and names them “Super Acrylic Skin.” He often uses “characters” to express a universal human condition. 

He has a habit of biting his nails; he does not like to keep a pet nor does he like pineapples, 2020

SOLD

Azalea, 2020

SOLD

THE APPLE, 2020

SOLD

Little Red Hood, 2020

SOLD

For instance, the tryptic The Nornir-Trigonal Clone shows Norse mythical goddesses with duplicated facial expressions and stunned eyes to portray a tenacious but also superstitious world, and the pervading sense of helplessness amongst today’s Japanese youths. In The End of Beginning is a dark hero about whom Matsuura explains, “In this new era we do not need obedient heroes, but those who sustain their faith even in times of darkness.” THE APPLE, which comes in canvas, sculpture and figurine versions, refers to the “forbidden fruit,” which has been a symbol of “love” and “health” since ancient times but now has become synonymous to “technology.” Here Matsuura asks, “What is your Apple?”

Little Garden, 2020

SOLD

Bandage, 2020

SOLD

The Nornir-Trigonal Clone, 2015

NT$5,590,000

The End of Beginning, 2020

NT$1,890,000

As the world comes to a halt due to COVID-19 in 2020, Matsuura said he was for a while overwhelmed by a feeling of powerlessness. “It dawned on me that I had always thought of my works as manifestations of personal feelings, but in truth I am influenced by time, and that my works are tied to my family, friends, the society and the world we live in.” A series of works then arose from his determination to paint in a “Quiet World.” Many works are marked by time, containing elements rarely seen thus far in his practice. His new “Super Acrylic Skin” characters are gazing straight at the future, and in their unwavering gaze, is Matsuura’s faith in the new world.

Suzaku Genzan-zu2019

NT$38,000

THE APPLE (silkscreen), 2020

SOLD

Swatch Art & Collection 2011, 2011

SOLD

THE APPLE, 2020

SOLD

THE APPLE, 2020

SOLD

Bandage, 2020

NT$138,000

Little Garden, 2020

SOLD

The End of Beginning, 2020

SOLD

He has a habit of biting his nails; he does not like to keep a pet nor does he like pineapples, 2020

SOLD

Azalea, 2020

SOLD

Little Red Hood, 2020

SOLD

Quiet World, 2020

SOLD

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Hiroyuki Matsuura

  • 1964 Born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1984 Started to work as a graphic designer: advertising, packaging, binding and logo design.

  • 1999 Started to produce ‘Poster + Package + Skateboard’ design on the theme of “Character illustration” 

The aesthetics of the younger generation, particularly in Asian popular culture, is often characterized by brightly colored images, changing visual effects with a penchant for fantasy found in animation and comic books. Once a graphic designer, Japanese artist Hiroyuki MATSUURA later decided to devote himself to fine art out of a natural desire to create works based solely on his own ideas. His art is known for animation forms, colorfulness and a touch of dark humor. Using “characters” as his subject, he imbues storytelling into his paintings while, by only partially showing the subject in terms of composition, to allow the viewer freely roam in boundless imagination. Like animation or virtual fantasies, MATSUURA believes his “characters” are a visual image that transcends language and can be understood universally by adults, children, men and women.

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Exhibition Catalogue

《SUPER ACRYLIC SKIN — Quiet World》- Hiroyuki Matsuura’s Solo Exhibition at ESLITE GALLERY
Publisher: Eslite Corporation
Publishing date: September 2020, First print