Masakatsu Sashie

Masakatsu Sashie

Japan 1974

Fine Art, Painting

Masakatsu Sashie
Masakatsu Sashie
October 24, 2015
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Masakatsu Sashie is a Japanese artist best known for his orb paintings of fictional world, filled with futuristic warnings about human’s tendencies for environmental dominance and over-consumption.

Masakatsu was born in 1974 in city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. He received a MFA from the Kanazaw College of Art in 2000. His birth town is widely known for its rich cultural traditions in arts and crafts. Kanazawa has very difficult geographical accessibility and it owns to this fact a rather unique culture development.

Masakatsu’s Orb Painting

Masakatsu Sashie - Fever, 2013
Masakatsu Sashie – Fever, 2013

Sashie’s artworks present an imaginary world depicting large, city-like spheres drifting above remains of a destroyed civilization. His gigantic orbs are created out of scraps of old constructions from the Showa-period (period of enlightened peace and harmony, period of radiant Japan during the time of reign of the Shōwa Emperor, Hirohito, from 1926 to 1989) and a pieces of mass production and mass consumption culture. Things like vending machines, pachinko parlors or fast food signs and video game components are woven into Masakatsu’s imagery in his orb painting (creating an orb using a light source).


Masakatsu Sashie - Wave, 2015
Masakatsu Sashie – Wave, 2015

This artist is showing us what could and will happened to the world in the not so distant future, while still trying to open our eyes in effort to avoid his, most likely, prophetic vision.

Masakatsu’s artworks has been exhibited all around Asia and United States, on such art fairs as The Armory Show in New York and Art Hong Kong.

The artist is represented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery from New York.

Masakatsu Sashie still lives in his native city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan.

Images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Samurai!Wocester Art Museum, MAGroup
2015Blind BoxMerry Karnowsky Gallery, LASolo
2015Oh, The Places We Have Been, Rediscovering the PastJonathan LeVine Gallery, NYGroup
2014PARALLEL UNIVERSEMerry Karnowsky Gallery, LAGroup
2014Super AwesomeOakland Museum of California, CAGroup
2013ZIPANGUAkita Museum of Modern Art, Akira, JapanGroup
2013Giant Robot Biennale 3Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013CoacervateJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Invisible HandMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2012ZIPANGUThe Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, JapanGroup
2012Art HK 12Hong KongGroup
2012De Facto StandardMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2011Seven DilemmasMizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, ChinaGroup
2011JALAPAGOSMitsubishi Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, JapanGroup
2011ZIPANGUNihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2011Art Taipei 2011Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2011Art HK 11Hong KongGroup
2010Art Taipei 2010Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2010The Armory Show 2010New York, NYGroup
2009Art HK 09Hong KongGroup
2009Twentieth CentureBoy, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Under Fluorescent LightGR2, Los Angeles,CASolo
2008CREOSOTEGallery 403, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2008The Armory Show 2009New York, NYGroup
2008Contemporary Art FairPULSE MIAMI, Miami, FLGroup
2008Eyes & Curiosity vol. 4Mizuma Action. Tokyo, JapanGroup
2007Giant Robot Biennale: 50th issue exhibitionJapanese American National Museum,Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007GEISAI in GIANT ROBOTGR2, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007WORLD in POCKETCAMARADA, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2006Masakatsu SashieHirota Art Gallery, Ishikawa, JapanSolo
2006GEISAITokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006GEISAITokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005The Fishman’s ExhibitionNANZUKA UNDERGROUND, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005GEISAITokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2005GEISAITokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004GEISAITokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Masakatsu SashieHirota Art Gallery, Ishikawa, JapanSolo
2004Passage of CreosoteGallery 403, Tokyo,JapanSolo
2003Masakatsu SashieHirota Art Gallery, Ishikawa, JapanSolo
2002EGO logyGallery Artra, Ishikawa, JapanSolo
1999AREA SGallery Kazu 21, Ishikawa, JapanSolo
1997HutaribocchiAsanogawa Gallery, Ishikawa, JapanGroup
1996Six Persons ExhibitionLABBRO, Ishikawa, JapanGroup