Akimoto Tsuku Solo Exhibition “Abstract, Representation and the President”

Akimoto Tsuku Solo Exhibition “Abstract, Representation and the President”

2023.07.01(Sat) – 2023.07.06(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold a solo exhibition by Akimoto, "Abstract, Figurative and President" from Saturday, July 1st to Thursday, July 6th, 2023.

Something between abstract and figurative

It feels like a letter from a foreign friend. A surreal world is drawn there. Seki Akimoto started his career after winning the Grand Prix of Hobonichi Itoi Shimbun's 2nd Hobonichi Manga Award (2012), and has worked on books and illustrations for TV commercials.

He creates not only two-dimensional works but also three-dimensional works by combining collages based on overseas printed materials found in second-hand bookstores and flea markets and paintings with acrylic paints. His work has gained popularity both in Japan and overseas, with solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, and being invited to art fairs in Asia.

Akimoto draws figurative works such as one-frame comics and abstract paintings by collage. He says that he is interested in drawing something that floats between figurative and abstract rather than fixing his style. "Abstract, Representation and President" consists of paintings and collage works that focus on colors, shapes, and textures of painting materials such as acrylic paints without being bound by themes. About 20 old and new works will be exhibited.

“When I work on paintings with the attitude that the meaning and concept are secondary, I feel that the painting I want is somewhere between abstraction and representation. I don't know what it means, but the president is probably in a great position in a place that is neither abstract nor concrete.

Pleasant “feeling bad”

Akimoto, who originally liked to write, majored in literature at university. After graduating, he studied at a film school and was involved in the production of independent films and commercial plays. It can be said that there is a reason why you can feel the story from Akimoto's handprints and the screen that does not have many colors.

Akimoto says that even when it comes to color schemes, just a pleasant combination won't catch your heart. "Pleasant and disgusting", with the theme of noise, she draws a world where foreign objects coexist in familiar everyday life.

“I am interested in expressions that are not to my liking, and that are too difficult to understand even for works by other artists. It is not an incomprehensible displeasure, but a fascinating mystery. A painting that is not in the real world, an expression that is unlikely to be made, is a distant ideal.”

A collage that creates creations "outside my imagination" by sampling and editing materials "outside my area of ​​interest" such as illustrations of tools. Based on collage as a method of pursuing fascinating mysteries, I have created works by painting with acrylic paint.

Akimoto says that while he enjoyed encountering expressions that he himself had never thought of, he was also conflicted that he could not face painting because he did not receive a specialized art education. From there, he developed a strong desire to create paintings that ``straighten his emotions on his arm, placing the greatest emphasis on the appeal of colors and shapes''. We will also announce works that worked on ting works.

“Nowadays, when I look at various things on my smartphone, I think they are all the same size. The bad feeling and funny feeling when you do it in front of you remains in your heart.”

For example, the intention to shake the senses of the viewer can be seen in the attempt to paint a vast landscape on a 5 cm square canvas, and the viewer can feel that the senses are opened as if listening to the sound hidden deep in the body. prize.

We are uncertain and anxious

In fact, Akimoto is not so interested in motifs, and reacts only to colors and textures when drawing. He feels that the words “abstract” and “figurative” used in fine art and art are somewhat outdated and are no longer valid, and he wants to express something like the fluctuation range between them.

Before digital, it was like searching for a radio channel with the wrong frequency.

Akimoto says that whether it's a collage or painting the canvas as he pleases, he wants to reach something that can be called a work from the uneasy process of not knowing what will be completed. It is said that what is born there is "like one step before a one-panel comic".

The essence of life lies in feeling good and feeling bad. Akimoto's work, which is born from an uneasy process, finds us in uncertain and uneasy existences.

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.

Akimoto Tsuku Solo Exhibition “Abstract, Representation and President” Art Book
Recording artist: Akimoto desk
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)
*Please note that the design of the art book is subject to change.

Akimoto desk

Born in Tokyo. He has exhibited his work both domestically and internationally, holding solo exhibitions in Seoul, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Taipei, and participating in art fairs in Bangkok and Shanghai as an invited artist. 2012 Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shimbun 2nd Hobonichi Manga Award Grand Prix, 2017 UNKNOWN ASIA Art Exchange Osaka Grand Prix Finalist Jury Award, 2018 TIS (Tokyo Illustrators Society) Bronze Prize Keiji Ito Grand Prize. Group exhibitions include “Hetauma Exhibition” curated by Hiro Sugiyama in 2021, Makoto Wada Tribute Exhibition in 2022, and TAGBOAT ART FAIR in 2023.

exhibition period

2023.07.01 (Sat) - 2023.07.06 (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 1st (Sat), 2nd (Sun), 5th (Wed), 6th (Thu)

Admission fee



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