Kiyoshi Nakagami - Untitled, 2017 (detail)

Kiyoshi Nakagami

August 6, 2013

The main subject of Kiyoshi Nakagami's work is light. In each of his works, the density of light and its dispersion within the dark space varies. He is celebrated for beautifully reproducing the diffusion of light in a painting.

Born in 1949 in Shizuoka, Japan, Nakagami currently lives and works in Chiba, Japan. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including hino Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Galerie Richard, Paris, France and New York, NY; Gallery Finarte, Nagoya, Japan; Art-Taguchi, Gifu, Japan; Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokosuka, Japan; and The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan. His art may be found in the permanent collections of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi; Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa; The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama, Kanagawa; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama. In 2009, he received the Yokohama City Cultural Prize in Art.

Layering acrylic on the canvas, Nakagami allows gravity to move the pigment, resulting with meticulous ripples and evoking cascades of light that bear no trace of the paintbrush. By removing the maker's hand, the artist seeks to facilitate meditative contemplation. 

Featured image: Kiyoshi Nakagami - Untitled, 2017 (detail). Pigment and gold dust on linen. 24 × 24 in. 61 × 61 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery