Masashi Mayumi Solo Exhibition

Masashi Mayumi Solo Exhibition "Quiet Passion"

2023.07.15(Sat) – 2023.07.20(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold Mayumimasa's solo exhibition "quiet passion" from Saturday, July 15th to Thursday, July 20th, 2023.

passion for the future

With a background in calligraphy, which he started at the age of 8, Mayumi is a contemporary artist who pursues expressions that are not bound by preconceived notions, such as abstract paintings as well as letters. Finding vitality in kanji, which has a history of over 3,000 years, he uses not only ink but also acrylic paint to express the colors. The work, which captures the letters as if plants and animals stand majestically in a vast landscape, conveys a strong vitality and makes you feel the new possibilities of letter expression.

Japanese culture on fire

Now based in Kyoto, Mayumi sometimes walks around town without a smartphone or wallet. As I walk, I think, "Why do I leave behind my works? What is the origin of my work?"

“In the city of Kyoto, there are things around us that have been closely linked to people’s lives and have been handed down for a long time.

Mayumi strongly recognizes that the basis of her values ​​is her Japanese identity. It is said to be "rather than discovering something, it's the feeling of finally opening a drawer that you haven't been able to open." It was the solo exhibition "PAINTINGS" held in Kyoto last fall that gave me the opportunity to sublimate my daily life to express things that can only be expressed by Japanese people.

One of the works that was born at that time was "Usho". The sight of cormorant fishing, which he used to watch with his parents since he was a child, is depicted as a mental landscape of Japanese people, with a sense of realism where you can feel the sharp sparks and the temperature of the flames. In this way, the passion passed down by ordinary people and the faith that maintains a calm heart are also called "passion." ”.

“The burning flames never go out.
Affected by various events, the flames continue to burn even after being crumpled.
At the root of that flame is the spirit of words, the Shinto and Buddhism, and the culture that has been handed down from generation to generation in Japan. In today's world, where new things are born and disappear in the blink of an eye, they no longer exist as absolutes.

However, even in this era, there are things that can be left to posterity because it is such an era. Confront the world with a power that can never be seen.”

The driving force behind Mayumi's creative work is to escape from the trap that calligraphers write letters and painters draw pictures, and to confront common sense and preconceptions head-on. Letters, paintings, three-dimensional figures are different, but the work is the flesh and blood of the artist. Mayumi says that the passion that is engraved in the work is not the artist's, but the passion that sleeps in the viewer's heart.

In addition to two-dimensional works, three-dimensional works that took five years to conceive will be exhibited for the first time in Japan. We will exhibit 23 two-dimensional works and 4 three-dimensional works made of bronze clay and finished with lacquer.

Appearance of character gravity

The ink on the Japanese paper gives the characters weight. Leaving behind the tools that define calligraphy—the four treasures of the study—brush, ink, inkstone, and paper—Mayumi's attempt to express the weight of the letters has expanded from painting to three-dimensional works.

“The production work of layering clay on the core material and fleshing it out is a physical experience. I realized it again."

Mayumi has always had the image of letters appearing in space, and the work depicting three-dimensional letters standing tall in the landscape, such as "From the North Sea, a distant Genbu study," became a reality. . Through the production of three-dimensional works, I am renewing the feeling of the consistent theme of my creative activities, "oozing life."

Before the birth of paper, characters developed as a means of communication and recording were copied from clay tablets and animal bones. Paper was born from convenience such as storage and transportation, and then to digital. It seems as if the history of letters was the release of gravity. Mayumi's series of works can be seen as a reacquisition of the primordial physicality of characters such as clay, animal bones, and grooves carved into them.

"I don't want people to forget that there was a definite passion in the current era. I want to make that wave fly big and leave it as a message for the future."

Mayumi, who is currently 25 years old, was born and raised in an era where she "types" letters rather than "writes" them. A new generation taps into the passion that words harbor.

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.

Masashi Mayumi Solo Exhibition "Quiet Passion" Art Book
Recording artist: Mayumi
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)

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


Born in Fukui prefecture. Calligrapher and contemporary artist. Belongs to the baseball club at Seiryo High School in Ishikawa Prefecture, and became a member of Koshien in the summer of 2016. In parallel with baseball, which he continued until college, he pursued calligraphy, which he started at a young age, on his own. Started activities when he was in college. Based on the synesthesia that dwells in himself, he creates works that express the “color” of all things, including people and animals. Currently working as an artist based in Kyoto. Selected for the May 2023 issue of "Bijutsu no Mado" "72 notable newcomers selected by galleries".

exhibition period

2023.07.15 (Sat) - 2023.07.20 (Thu)


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


days in the gallery

July 15th (Sat) - 17th (Mon), 19th (Wed), 20th (Thu)

Admission fee



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