Shinji Ihara Abstract Concept

  • 2024.07.27 (Sat)-08.31 (Sat)
  • Open Hours: Tue–Sat, 13:00-20:00
  • Closed: Sun, Mon
  • Opening: 07.27 (Sat), 18:00-20:00

KEN NAKAHASHI is pleased to present Shinji Ihara's solo exhibition, Abstract Concept, from Saturday, July 27th to Saturday, August 31st, 2024. 

After graduating from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012, Shinji Ihara has been actively engaged in various artistic endeavors. He currently operates the artist-run space "Hiroshima Drawing Lab" in Hiroshima and is participating in an ongoing exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

In this exhibition, Abstract Concept, Ihara presents works themed around vanitas, inspired by emotions arising from personal experiences of farewells with friends and encounters with death over the past few years.

The artworks include blurred skulls and dried bouquets painted in vivid primary colors, as well as portraits addressed to friends in Ukraine, a country still ravaged by war, highlighting his allegorical expressions.

Ihara's creative process has always involved exploring relationships with himself and others through everyday encounters. He places great importance on the feelings and small events born from communication, with a conscious connection to society. This approach naturally extends to his engagement with abstract concepts. Recently, Ihara has returned to depicting his neighbors, adding further depth and breadth to his works.

We invite you to experience Shinji Ihara's unique perspective and expression in Abstract Concept.

Shinji Ihara

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1987.

Completed his Master's degree in Painting at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012.

Some major exhibitions include 1111 (2023, KEN NAKAHASHI, Tokyo), Handsome Men They Are (2021, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama / Shimane Art Museum [touring]), Love Your Neighbor (2021, KEN NAKAHASHI, Tokyo), and SILVER LINING (2020, Hiroshima Drawing Lab, Hiroshima).

His works are in the public collections of the Hiroshima City University Art Museum and the Luciano Benetton Collection.