(Born in 1959)
Little Nurse
signed 'Sichinohe' (upper right)
oil on canvas
100 x 80 cm. (39 1/4 x 31 1/4 in.)
Painted in 2007

Lot Essay

Painting with a thick and smooth layer of oil paints, Shichinohe Masaru depicts otherworldly scenes of nurses, rabbits, bewitched time and spaces. Captivating as the Renaissance artists who Shichinohe admires is Shichinohe's acute sense of all textures in his paintings. From the hairs of the rabbits (Little Nurse- lot 604), the crevices of the moon (Tejnanoyoru-lot 605) and rust on an Italian scooter (Lumbretta-lot 605), the paint strokes are delicate and precise to portray a realistic rendition of various surfaces. Though the attention to realism is sensitive, the viewer is pleasantly baffled by the obscure perspective and subject matter and is drawn into the imagination and wonders of the artist himself.

In Lumbretta, we find a painting named after the old fashioned motor scooter and not the motif of the nurse. Surprisingly, the painting is composed of several different perspectives and origins of influence. In this painting we are confronted with multiple arbitrary objects that would likely never be seen together if it were not for the artist. Despite the clarity and sense of depth in his paintings, the mailbox, figures and scooter are not accurate in its perspective. In Tejnanoyoru we are yet again confronted with a unique situation where the child looks like a godly figure, a magician who has the ability to use the balls in his fingers to change or show the phases of the moon. In Little Nurse, the nurse stands in a classical three quarter position, enforcing the idea that she is being painted in possible remembrance of her work as a nurse for rabbits.

There is a strange aura carried in the works of Shichinohe Masaru. By combining his classical painting training with a fantastical imagination, we as viewers struggle to categorize his paintings as realistic or abstract. This complex combination of motifs and modern inventions by the artist has created a contemporary work where endless narratives can be created and the viewer, consumed by a new world.

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