Group exhibition “Freestyle Asians”

Group exhibition “Freestyle Asians”

2023.01.14(Sat) – 2023.01.19(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold a group exhibition "Freestyle Asians" by six artists from four Asian countries from Saturday, January 14th to Thursday, January 19th, 2023.

Tracing the roots and crossing the border street

YUGEN Gallery will feature Asian artists for its opening in 2023. Six artists who use street art techniques to create the uniqueness of their own cultures and explore global values ​​from there. CYH Jason Choukou (Taiwan), Wasin Paisak Hamas (Thailand), Montemis (Thailand), Yasumichi Ichibayashi (Japan), Jinlu (China), and WOK22 (Japan).

The street culture that has emerged since the 1990s has presented an alternative way of looking at the world, using everyday life as a theme. CYH Jason Colonel King, who is considered the most important figure in Taiwan's graffiti art scene, said, "Ideas are born from random daily news, everything around me," adding noise to everyday events. In Street Art, he traces back to the roots of Taiwanese people and creates works on the theme of national character, sex, and religion. Since he himself suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, he regards lesions as creations and calls himself "King of the Large Intestine" as an artist.

Wasin Paisak Hamas attempts to approach the pre-civilization world developed by humans in the magnetism of the street, a place where diverse values ​​come and go. By drawing strange characters in semi-fluorescent colors on black-and-white photographs of Buddha statues, he expresses the connection between old and new cultures. While producing such works, he launched the art project ``AT Exchange'' in his hometown Ban Pong, a city in western Thailand, inviting various artists such as photography, painting, and graffiti from all over the world and presiding over an art festival. Over the course of about two months, works will be exhibited and live performances will be held in various locations in areas where old customs remain, bringing to light the customs and history rooted in the land and questioning their relationship with the present.

New values ​​created by noise

Yasumichi Ichibayashi, who studied traditional Japanese painting, tries to establish a Japanese painting expression by a generation born and raised in an era surrounded by man-made objects. Moving away from the themes that have been inherited in Japanese paintings, such as the nature of nature, he creates "ambiguous paintings" from information he has picked up on the internet and his own fragmentary memories. Visualization of "noise that causes discrepancies, entrusting the imagination to the roots of what the era was like for the artist and what process the work was created." There is also a skeptical look at the big stories created by authorities, such as history and culture that have been inherited.

Both artists use noise to unravel the genealogy from their roots to the present, and attempt to depict the landscape of the future.

Jinru expresses memories and fluctuations in the world with noise. “The world of colors that I perceive is constantly changing and moving,” he says. The imperfection of memory is depicted in works that "leave incomplete traces" such as rough sketches and noisy colors, and the values ​​that we rely on and the world are fictional. This questioning of current values ​​has something in common with Ichirin.

Cultures, races, and eras intersect with incompatible styles, and memories and experiences are spun while fluctuating. The identity that emerges in it gives us a sense of a new landscape.

WOK22's graffiti works, which use natural motifs such as waves and clouds, and develop a cute yet frightening Ukiyo-e-like world view, have a fear of the other world and a curiosity that counterbalances it. It is shown. Since then, he has recently sublimated the subject matter into simple patterns, creating works based on the theme of beings that are free to come and go in space and interact with each other.

The theme of Montemis, which develops graffiti art based on traditional Thai techniques such as lacquer and watermark painting, is "life and Buddhism." Draw an image reminiscent of a picture of hell with a dynamic touch, as if saying, "I'm interested in hell." From the Buddhist cosmology, which captures the world in a dualistic structure of a world of hesitation and worldly desires, and the so-called paradise of paradise freed from it, I try to reveal a new realm of values.

Asia foretells the beginning

In today's world, where the web of relationships such as economy and culture is intricately entwined, he ponders his own "blood" and "land." It is not a big story that the nation creates, but rather a small story that spills out from there, picking up with individual senses and bringing it to each person. This exhibition is based on the viewpoint that the difference in senses faced there has a deep relationship and shakes the soul.

Six artists from Asia, whose medium is the street where strangers come and go and where bare values ​​are strewn about, will meet in Shibuya, Tokyo, carrying their own roots. It is a collection that strongly suggests that the place of “beginning” where new global values ​​are born is the streets of Asia.

Works on display







*Some of the works on display are subject to change. please note that.

About work sales

At the same time as the exhibition is held, it will be possible to view and purchase the works on the YUGEN Gallery official online store.

Information on visitor benefits

An original art book will be presented free of charge only to those who have answered the questionnaire form at the time of visit.
This is an original art book only for this exhibition, in which the exhibited works and the exhibition statement are compiled in one volume.

Group Exhibition "Freestyle Asians" Art Book
Recording artists: CYH Jayson Choukouou/Wasin Paisakhamas/Hokumichi Ichibayashi/JinLe Zhu/WOK22/Montemith
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)

*Please note that the design of the art book is subject to change.

CYH Jayson Colon King

CYH Jason Da Chang Wan / Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Moved to the United States at the age of 15 and studied art at the University of North Texas. After returning to Taiwan, he created works that combined street art and fine art. It features psychedelic colors and a sexual world view that makes you feel the influence of Keiichi Tanaami. While saying, "My style is to make everything look dirty," he is also working on marine environment conservation activities with scientists and artists around the world.

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Wasin Paisakhamas

Wasin Paisak Hamas / Born in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand. Painter, photographer, curator. Studied Fine Art at Bangkok University. Characterized by his style of drawing colorful characters on black-and-white photographs taken by himself. He also creates works that combine painting and digital media. By depicting a world view before the era when humans were highly developed, it satirizes a world where problems such as war continue to increase.

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Ichibayashi Hokumichi

Hokuto Ichibayashi / Born in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Born in 1992. Graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Faculty of Art, majoring in Japanese painting. By intentionally using acrylic paints instead of classical Japanese paints that use natural minerals, animals and plants as color materials, we aim to create a realistic aesthetic sense for the generation born and raised in a society surrounded by man-made objects. express. Making full use of classical Japanese painting techniques, he creates works with the motif of the customs of the 2000s and later, incorporating the visual expression of games.

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Jin Le Zhu

Jinlu/From Zhejiang, China. Born in 1984. Studied public art at China Academy of Art. While working as an artist, he works as an art director and a part-time lecturer at the Shanghai Institute of Design. He creates paintings and drawings using iPads and iPhones, as well as visual works with a steampunk worldview. Space design, product development ranging from furniture to cosmetics, and many collaborations with brands in Japan and overseas.

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Wok 22 / Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Currently a graphic artist and painter based in Fukuoka Prefecture. Started his career as an artist in 2008 and has worked on a wide range of collaborative works such as <STUSSY>, <Adidas>, and Hakata dolls, and is also active in Asian countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. Characterized by a bright yet profound color scheme, he specializes in collage-like drawings that combine various elements rather than drawing a single picture.

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Montemis/I'm from Thailand. Artist, illustrator. Graduated from Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University. Using the drawing technique of comics, the world view such as folk tales and legends that have been handed down from ancient times in Thailand is developed as wall art. Many collaborations with skate brands <PREDUCE>, <CONVERSE>, <ASICS>, etc. He has a deep knowledge of traditional Thai crafts, and is trying to pass on his country's culture to the next generation through street art.

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exhibition period

2023.01.14(Sat) - 2023.01.19(Thur)


YUGEN Gallery


Token International Building 3F, 2-12-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 14:00-19:00
Sat/Sun/Holidays 13:00-19:00
*Ends at 17:00 on the last day only

closing day


Admission fee



*Please note that the exhibition period and opening hours may change without notice depending on the situation.