Shinjiro Okamoto岡本信治郎

Born in Tokyo in 1933. After graduating from the Tokyo Metropolitan Nihonbashi High School in 1952, Okamoto worked for 26 years as an art director at Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. During this time, he began to teach himself watercolor painting, and started submitting his work to the Japan Watercolor Exhibition and the Niki Exhibition. He held his first solo exhibition at Muramatsu Gallery in 1956 and also founded the “Seisaku Kaigi (Artist Conference)” that same year along with Yoshie Yoshida and others. An encounter with the Neo-Impressionist works of Georges Seurat inspired him to depict contemporary illness and malaise using bright, vivid colors and simple forms. In 1956, Okamoto exhibited at the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition. He received honorable mentions at the Shell Art Prize Exhibition in both 1962 and 1963, and the Grand Prix at the exhibition for the inaugural Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum Prize in 1964. During this time, he exhibited a series of works including “Holy Scenery” and “Ten Indians” that conceal a sense of hollow emptiness beneath a humorous surface. Okamoto has shown his work at several museums both in Japan and abroad. He participated in the “Trends in Contemporary Art” exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto (1964), “15 Contemporary Japanese Artists” at the Kunsthaus Zurich (1965), and “The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1966). In 1968, Okamoto visited the US at the invitation of the Japan Society, touring New York and other American cities as well as Europe. In 1969, he received the Frontier Prize at the “Contemporary Japanese Art” exhibition. Okamoto has also held numerous one-man shows, including “The World of Shinjiro Okamoto: 25 Years” at the Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art (1979), “The World of Shinjiro Okamoto – Tokyo Shonen” at the Niigata City Art Museum (1988), “Shinjiro Okamoto - The Laughing Panorama Museum” at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama (1998), “Shinjiro Okamoto – Laughing Snow, Moon and Flower (Roly-Poly Cherry Blossoms)” at the Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art (2001), and “Shinjiro Okamoto’s Panoramic Humour Universe (The Philosophy of Humour 1950-2001)” at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP Beijing (2008). Okamoto is a well-known Japanese pioneer of Pop Art.

WORKS

Title
Death of the Minotour
Year
2010
Material
liquitex on canvas
Size
34 x 25 cm
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Title
Maya and Shinjiro, Present-day Ushiwaka and Benkei
Year
2001
Material
Liquitex
Size
130.3 x 130.3 cm
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Title
Feet of the Buddha
Year
1999
Material
Liquitex, canvas
Size
197 x 333.3 cm
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Title
Roly-Poly Cherry Blossoms:Pika-don(Flash, Explosion of Atomic Bomb)Scene
Year
1999
Material
Liquitex, canvas, wooden clogs, paper-folding crane
Size
218.2 x 291 cm
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Title
Saikun(wife)Going Up River
Year
1998
Material
Liquitex
Size
130.3 x 194 cm
Title
The World of Insects
Year
1997
Material
Liquitex
Size
80.3 x 116.7 cm
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Title
Wooden Clog Memorial Service
Year
1997
Material
Liquitex, canvas, wooden clogs, 10 plastic spheres
Size
Dimensions variable (canvas size: 194 x 162 cm)
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Title
Self-Portrait in the Guise of Ishimatsu
Year
1994
Material
Liquitex
Size
116.7 x 91 cm
Title
Roly-Poly Cherry Blossoms
Year
1993
Material
Liquitex, Plastic spheres
Size
197 x 333.3 cm
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Title
Light and Shadow Picture
Year
1992-93
Material
Liquitex
Size
194 x 162 cm
Title
Folded-Paper Courtesan
Year
1990
Material
Liquitex on canvas
Size
100 x 100 cm
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Title
Twelve-story Skycraper,Yamanote Mandala,Tsubame (Shallow specal Express),Yahoo! Shinkansen
Year
1989
Material
Liquitex,toy
Size
227.2x64.2cm(4 pieces), 162x162cm, 100x100cm, 65.2x65.2cm(2 pieces set)
Title
Einstein's Science Circus
Year
1984
Material
Liquitex on canvas
Size
130 x 89.4 cm
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Title
Sound of the Cicada
Year
1983
Material
Liquitex on canvas
Size
145.5 97 cm
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Title
Image of Underssing, Image of Dressing
Year
1963
Material
Liquitex on canvas
Size
74 x 62 cm
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EXHIBITIONS

Beijing

The Pioneer of Japanese Pop Art

2020/8/15–9/30

Tokyo

Tokyo Gallery 1971

1971/4/28–5/11

Tokyo

Human Documents ’70-2

1970/3/23–4/4

Tokyo

Art in Wonderland

1967/12/11–12/26

Tokyo

Shinjiro Okamoto The World of Insects: Or the Scenery of Swarm

1966/3/22–4/9