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Calligraphy / Hisashi Yamamoto Hisashi Yamamoto

Door, light, sound, glass, water


There are times when I feel a new era or a feeling of sensation.

There are times when I suddenly meet like an accident, lying somewhere in my daily life.

Introduced by Mr. Kohei Oda of the plexus, the laughter when he first saw Hisashi Yamamoto's work was just like that . Then, about 20 years ago, in the window of a certain gallery in the underground mall of the building, the memory of when I met Yoshitomo Nara's work flashed back. At that time, I was in my twenties, and I didn't even know the beauty of art, but it was a completely different existence from the paintings I had done so far. Even though it looks like a manga, it is there as a painting. And it was shining light.


At first glance, Mr. Yamamoto's book seems to have gone a long way from the world of calligraphy. The soft sensation of Gnyagnya is born from the ordinary thoughts of modern times that exist in everyday life, and loves and pursues the expression of the calligraphy, which is unrealistic and at the same time super-realistic, one step or two steps closer to otaku. , The "book" of Narenohate, the accumulation of thought and improvisation . It seems that you are being asked, "Then, what is normal? What is writing ?!" Many books that were once left by our predecessors, and modern books that we breathe and spell out lively .


A method that breaks the concept of common sense, an approach to new values, may be the existence of Hisashi Yamamoto's book ... After all, I grin at the end, but at the same time when I was placed in the space like this There is definitely power, so I can't underestimate it.

I am grateful to be able to share this accident with the rare people who visited here, and I hope that you will watch as an accomplice how this rare artist will shine through the waves of the times in the future. I am full of feelings that I really want to ask.

Nao Masaki

October 2017


-Artist Statement-

The door is there and someone is opening and closing it. Light leaks from there and you can hear the sound.

This time, I "written" my daily life. Inside the house, the light coming in from a distance passes through the glass, and there is a normal life in it. Water is drawn in the cup.

My life is made up of doors, light, sound, glass and water. Finally I open the door and go out somewhere.

Calligrapher Hisashi Yamamoto


Hisashi YAMAMOTO / Calligrapher Born in Hiroshima City in 1969

When I was young, I went to a penmanship school to change from left-handed to right-handed, so at first I was forced to write only one horizontal bar hundreds of times.

When I became a high school student and became familiar with Chinese classical penmanship, I realized that the characters I learned at the penmanship school were just imitations of one character, so I withdrew.

Immediately after advancing to the calligraphy department of Tokyo Gakugei University in 1988, I touched on Yuichi Inoue's work and decided to quit classical writing. He decided to write his own raw characters, and at the age of 20, he made the "Hisashi Yamamoto Calligrapher Declaration" in his room, and since then he has been calling himself a calligrapher. After engaging in the work of Yuichi Inoue catalog raisonné at Unak Tokyo, he decided to leave Yuichi.

In 1993, returned to Hiroshima and got a job at a cram school. However, a year and a half later, he suffered from bankruptcy and opened a cram school independently in 1995. Turned the classroom into an atelier and devoted himself to production activities for 10 years. In 2004, Masaomi Unagami asked him to establish a "Tensakukai" to honor Yuichi Inoue, and he had the opportunity to present his work.

First solo exhibition "Machine" at Unack Salon in 2015

In 2016, the collection of works "Fune" (YKG Publishing) and the solo exhibition "flying saucer" (Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo)

2017 solo exhibition "Speech balloon" (Toyama, Gallery NOW), solo exhibition "Bad, Towel and Cardboard" (Tokyo, BEAMS Japan, B Gallery)

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