Hiroshi Senju: Beginnings
21 January - 28 February
During “Beginnings” by Hiroshi Senju, Sundaram Tagore Singapore presents the Japanese artist’s dynamic new Waterfall paintings, his first new Waterfall series since 2015. The exhibition includes two platinum Waterfalls and two of the artist’s platinum Cliff paintings.
Over the past four years, the artist has been engaged in high-profile public projects, including two monumental paintings commissioned to mark the 1,200th anniversary of Kongobuji Temple at Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a 20.4-meter-wide byobu or folding screen at Tokyo International (Haneda) airport, Terminal 2. Having finished these large commissions, he returned to his New York studio to complete waterfalls for Beginnings.
For the first time, Senju produced Waterfalls using platinum pigment, which imparts a subtle luminosity and sheen. The artist, who mixes his own pigments using crushed rock, coral and other natural materials, used platinum for a small group of Cliff paintings created during the lockdown, but never before in waterfall images. Alongside the platinum works and iconic black-and-white Waterfalls, Beginnings features Waterfalls in vibrant colour, including red and blue. The use of vivid colour is a departure from previous exhibitions where Senju used a more restrained palette.