Hiroshi Senju

Japan 1958

Abstract Expressionism, Painting


Hiroshi Senju
Hiroshi Senju
March 21, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hiroshi Senju is a Japanese-born painter who combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan. Senju graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1982. In 1987 Senju finished the Ph.D program at the Graduate School of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

The New York-based artist combines pigments derived from natural materials such as minerals, seashells and coral in a medium of animal-hide glue, and then applies this paint to Japanese mulberry paper. He is noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, often monumental in scale, many of which are featured in prominent public spaces.

Hiroshi Senju was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and has participated in exhibitions around the world, including the Beauty Project at the London Museum of Contemporary Art in 1996, The New Way of Tea, curated by Alexandra Munroe, at the Japan Society in New York in 2002, and Paintings on Fusuma, at the Tokyo National Museum in 2003.

Also in 2003, Senju completed seventy-seven murals at the Annex of Daitokuji-Jyukoin, a prominent Zen Buddhist temple in Japan. In 2004, he was the art director for the new Haneda Airport Terminal in Tokyo, where he completed one of his largest installations. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island, designed by Tadao Ando, also houses two large-scale installations. Senju’s work is in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan, Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo, The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan.

The Hiroshi Senju Museum, designed by Ryue Nishizawa, opened in October 2011 in Karuizawa, Japan. In 2009, noted Italian fine-art publisher Skira released the monograph Hirsohi Senju, a richly illustrated compendium of the artist’s work since the 1980s.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Forces of Nature, Hiroshi Senju and Annie LeibovitzSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2014Day Falls/Night FallsSundaram Tagore Gallery, Singaporesolo
2014Natural SelectionSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2014Natural SelectionSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2013Day Falls/Night FallsSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kongsolo
2013Home and the WorldSundaram Tagore Gallery, Singaporegroup
2012Spectrum: East/West/BeyondSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2012Inside OutSundaram Tagore Gallery, Singaporegroup
2011CliffsSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorksolo
2011WATER, FIRE and EARTH, the source of creativityContemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japangroup
2011ConstellationSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2011The 5th Chengdu BiennaleChinagroup
2011Facing East, Contemporary Asian ArtSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong group
2011Vision of Nature, Lost and Found in Asian Contemporary ArtHong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Konggroup
2011ContinuumSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2010Senju Hiroshi: World of Blue—Echoes of Higashiyama KaiiHigashiyama Kaii Setouchi Museum, Kagawa, Japansolo
2010The Invitations to 20th Century ArtThe Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japangroup
2010Masterpiece Collection of Saku Municipal Museum of Modern ArtTakasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma, Japangroup
2010Rasa, Contemporary Asian ArtSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong group
2009New Light from AfarSundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills, Californiasolo
2009Out of Nature: Cliffs and Falling WaterSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kongsolo
2009Here & NowSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2008Still / Motion: Liquid Crystal PaintingMie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, Japangroup
2008Dimensions of Color, An Asian Group ShowSundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hillsgroup
2008In Your Mind's Eye, an Asian Group ShowSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2007Haruka Naru Aoi HikariSundaram Tagore Gallery, New Yorksolo
2007Hyakubashira wo Tateru, Kusokuzeshiki, Senju HiroshiMatsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japansolo
2007Lights and ShadowsSundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills, Californiagroup
2007Masterpiece Collection of Yamatane Museum of ArtThe Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japangroup
2006The 6th Gwangju BiennaleGwangju, South Koreasolo
2006Hiroshi SenjuYamatane Museum of Art, Tokyosolo
2006Here & NowSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Konggroup
2005Hiroshi Senju, 77 Fusuma (sliding screens), Daitoku-ji TempleFukuoka Asian Museum, Fukuoka, Japansolo
2003Paintings on Fusuma (sliding screens), the Jukoin Annex of Daitoku-ji TempleTokyo National Museum, Japangroup
2003Kaiga no Genzai (Present Day Art)Bandaijima City Museum, Niigata, Japangroup
2003Contemporary Japanese PaintingOkazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi, Japangroup
2003Essence of Contemporary Nihonga KumamotoCity Modern Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japangroup
2002The New Way of TeaJapan Society Gallery, Asia Society Museum, New Yorkgroup
2002The Scent and Shape of InkNational Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoulgroup
2000Hiroshi Senju, Yuki IkenoboTakahiro Kondo Takashimaya Gallery, Osakagroup
1998UnknownTidewater Gallery Shiraishi, Tokyosolo
1996Hiroshi Senju, Waterfalls & GlassesThe Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japansolo
1995Hiroshi SenjuTaipei Fine Arts Museumsolo
1995UnknownNICAF Pacifico Yokohama, Japansolo
199546th Biennale di VeneziaItalygroup
1994Hiroshi Senju: 1980-1994Takamura Museum, Yamanashi, Japansolo
1993FlatwaterMaxwell Davidson Gallery, New Yorksolo
1990History of Japanese-Style PaintingThe Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa, Japangroup
1989The End of the DreamsManly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydneysolo
1988SENJUGaleria Forni, Bologna, Italysolo