O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus, Dallas 75205
Noted Japanese painter Akira Yamaguchi (b. 1969) creates work combining elements of classical Japanese painting and Western art with modern and contemporary architectural motifs. In addition to bird’s-eye-view paintings of cities and battlefields, his work includes sculpture, manga and installation. His major solo exhibitions include TOKIORE(I)MIX, Maison Hermès 8F Le Forum, Tokyo (2012); Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito (2015); and Resonating Surfaces, Daiwa Foundation Japan House Gallery, London (2018), among others. He has contributed public artworks in several locations including Narita International Airport in Tokyo and the Fujisan (Mount Fuji) World Heritage Center in Yamanashi Prefecture, and his art is in the collections of museums in Japan, Australia and the U.S. He has also created illustrative work and cover art for a variety of serialized newspaper stories, novels and more, continuing his prolific practice across a broad range of fields. In 2013, his book Hen-na Nihon Bijutsushi, which looked at traditional Japanese painting from a modern point of view, won the 12th Kobayashi Hideo Award. Yamaguchi earned a master’s degree in oil painting from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and currently lives and works in Tokyo. For more information call 214.768.2787.