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    Sale 2707

    Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

    25 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1053


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    (b. 1967)
    signed 'atsushi suwa' in English; dated '2008-2009'; inscribed in Japanese (on the reverse)
    oil, pencil, silver point and Washi paper on panel
    99.9 x 161.8 cm (39 1/4 x 63 5/8 in.)
    Painted in 2008-2009

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    Approaching his subjects with a strong sense of perspective and modern realism, Suwa opposes the general definition of objective perception in achieving realism and believes probing further into bodily experiences and personal connections with his subjects for a truer style in his works. There are multiple styles within realism, but ultimately, Suwa believes that through probing perception of his subjects, he can reveal an innermost truth unachieved in objective painting. Suwa's exceptional depiction of the human form is achieved by his attentive interaction with the subjects, scrutinizing each body part with conscientious diligence consequently building an appreciation of his subjects reflected in his precise calculation of each depiction, unveiling his acute vision and comprehension of his figures as physical entities and psychological subjects. Suwa is committed to grasping his figure's individual stories, intensity emphasized by silent deep blue-grey tones he utilizes, generating deep blue insomnia.

    Lying in a reclined position, the woman in Untitled (Lot 1053) conveys paradoxical emotions in her tense stoic body and soft glowing face, only achievable with a comprehension of the emotional core within her body. The minute detailing of her skin's texture and wispy black hair conveys a live woman yet the cold undertones of her body suggests otherwise, as if she were straddling being alive and not, grounded or levitating. She is eerie yet beautiful in her serenity, a fascinating mystery which the viewer wishes to solve as Suwa blatantly accomplishes in the precise rendition of his subject.

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    Please note that this lot also bears the artist's signature mark on the lower right corner.