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Japanese-born painter Hiroshi Senju is noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, which are often monumental in scale. He combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan. Senju is widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-year-old nihonga style of painting, using pigments made from minerals, ground stone, shell and corals suspended in animal-hide glue.

 

Hiroshi Senju was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale (1995), and has participated in numerous exhibitions including The New Way of Tea, curated by Alexandra Munroe, at the Japan Society and the Asia Society in New York, 2002; Paintings on Fusuma at the Tokyo National Museum, 2003; and Frontiers Reimagined at the Venice Biennale, 2015. He was recently awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation from the Japanese government for contributions to art. In May 2017 he was honored with the Isamu Noguchi Award.

 

Public installations include seventy-seven murals at Juko-in, a sub-temple of Daitoku-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, and a monumental waterfall at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island also houses two large-scale installations.

 

Most recently, Senju completed two monumental paintings for Kongobuji Temple at Koyasan. The temple is a sacred site in Japanese Buddhism and the works—a waterfall and a cliff—were commissioned to celebrate Koyasan’s 1,200th anniversary. Ahead of the dedication at Kongobuji, the paintings will be on view in several major museums throughout Japan until they are installed as fusuma (sliding doors) in the summer of 2020.

 

Senju’s work is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan; the Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo; Tokyo University of the Arts; and the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido. In 2009, Skira Editore published a monograph of his work titled Hiroshi Senju. The Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa in Japan opened in 2011.

 

Born in Tokyo, 1958 | Lives and works in New York

Hiroshi Senju
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Hiroshi Senju
September 11 – October 2, 2019
Between Earth and Sky
NY | CHELSEA
Between Earth and Sky
Summer Group Show July 23 – August 24, 2019
Coursing Water
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Coursing Water
Hiroshi Senju and Zheng Lu June 15 – July 20, 2019
Singapore Summer Show
SINGAPORE
Singapore Summer Show
June 13 – September 7, 2019
Group Show
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Group Show
January 17 – March 7, 2019
The Art of Paper
NY | Chelsea
The Art of Paper
November 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019
Summer Group Show
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Summer Group Show
July 21 – September 17, 2018
Summer Group Show
NY | CHELSEA
Summer Group Show
July 17 – September 1, 2018
GROUP SHOW
NY | MADISON AVENUE
GROUP SHOW
April 17 – June 9, 2018
WINTER GROUP SHOW
NY | CHELSEA
WINTER GROUP SHOW
January 18 – February 24, 2018
Hiroshi Senju
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Hiroshi Senju
At World's End December 1, 2017 – January 26, 2018
Hiroshi Senju
NY | CHELSEA
Hiroshi Senju
At World's End November 9, 2017 – January 13, 2018
GROUP SHOW
NY | Chelsea
GROUP SHOW
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Forces of Nature
Hong Kong
Forces of Nature
Annie Leibovitz and Hiroshi Senju March 10 – May 10, 2015
Hiroshi Senju
Singapore
Hiroshi Senju
Day Falls/Night Falls January 17 – March 15, 2015
Hiroshi Senju
Hong Kong
Hiroshi Senju
Day Falls/Night Falls April 16 – June 9, 2013
Hiroshi Senju
NY | CHELSEA
Hiroshi Senju
Cliffs March 1 – 31, 2012
Hiroshi Senju
Hong Kong
Hiroshi Senju
Out of Nature: Cliffs and Falling Water September 23 – November 10, 2009
Hiroshi Senju
Beverly Hills
Hiroshi Senju
Haruka Naru Aoi Hikari May 2 – July 19, 2009
Surface Tension
NY | Chelsea
Surface Tension
an exhibition of work by Francis Barth and Hiroshi Senju September 16 – 30, 2006
Gallery Highlights
Hong Kong
Gallery Highlights
By appointment hongkong@sundaramtagore.com
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