Toshiyuki Konishi

Toshiyuki Konishi works primarily in the medium of painting and works on paper, and deals with the notion of portraiture. His references go from photographs from his family albums or of people close to him. His works often contain simply-sketched figures that bear within a sense of ghostly appearance, depicted with wavy, meandering brushstrokes and colour. Although Konishi’s portraits are mainly based on the artist’s private family photographs, such as family and individuals as motifs, his interest lies in how to reconcile his personal history and the concept of the family unit with something universal. He paints portraits, which obscure identities but capture the essence of humanity and sensuality, revealing a deeper universalism that transcends portraiture.
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