Rebellion Against the Absurd


These works were “Untitled,” but I decided to give them a title. The title is “Rebellion Against the Absurd,” based on Albert Camus’ concept of absurdity. This series of works was inspired by a video of a woman killed in a conflict. I lost words watching the horrific scene. She was not involved in the conflict at all and was clearly a non-combatant. She was just doing cultural and peaceful activities. As a cultural activist myself, I was deeply shocked by this and was filled with indescribable and inexpressible emotions. I could not help but draw something as an attitude toward this “absurdity”.

About new piece on the group exhibition

This work is currently on display at the group exhibition “Phobic Shadows and Moonlit Meadows” in Denver, CO, United States.

It is also available for purchase on the Internet, see the gallery page in the URL following for more information.

Ryan Joseph Gallery
https://www.ryanjosephgallery.com/exhibitions/24/works/artworks-9701-toshihiro-egawa-invocation-4/

Title : Invocation 4

Year of Completion : March 05, 2023

Medium : White pencil, Paper, Wooden Panel Size : 610× 330 mm / 24.02 x 12.99 in

 

-PHOBIC SHADOWS and MOONLIGHT MEADOWS- GROUP EXHIBITION

I am very pleased to announce my participation in the group show “Phobic Shadows and Moonlit Meadows” at Ryan Joseph Gallery in Denver, Colorado, USA. (April 15th – May 10th)

This will be my first time participating in a group show abroad. I am also excited that this will be an opportunity for visitors to see my work in person, so you can see detailed depictions that cannot be seen on a smartphone or PC. I hope that many people will see my work up close and detailed.

I would like to thank Ryan Joseph gallery for giving me this opportunity. Thank you so much!

For more information, please visit the gallery’s webpage, Instagram or Facebook pages.

And, I’m going to exhibit one new piece in this group exhibition.  If you are interested, please contact the gallery during the exhibition period.-Toshihiro Egawa-

High Quality Prints Now on Sale


Some art prints are now on sale, please check the following URL out!
https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/toshihiro/

More are under construction or are being updated.

These prints appear in relatively strong contrast compared to physical arts and give more vivid and intense impacts. However, depiction is not as detailed as physical art. There’s a very delicate aspect to physical art.

Biography Updated

Added the new Biography in the following page.
https://toshihiroegawaart.com/about/

New Biography

I started my career in 1999, drawing cover arts for death metal bands. For more than 20 years, I have worked with numerous bands from all over the world. I focused on realism and taught myself how to portray people anatomically during this era. I proceeded to draw based on iconographies of death and pictures of dead bodies. Furthermore, I lost my wife to cancer, experienced cardiac arrest, and was saved from death. These things made me think about “Death” evermore. Naturally, “Memento Mori” became the central theme for my fine arts. I draw only using white pencils on black paper. It is like finding light in the darkness, releasing from negative feelings and pressures that accumulate in society. It is a fundamental method for me when I try to express the deep darkness of “Impermanence” that no one can dispute. It is also a question about the value of life and existence in society. I was influenced by many historical drawings, predominantly Christian paintings in western Europe, surrealism art, Gustave Doré, Francis Bacon, Francisco de Goya (Black paintings), Caravaggio, and Zdzisław Beksiński.

About the frame


The frame shows the painting to a good advantage. I created this ready-made frame by painting it by myself. The glass cover is taken off for the shooting. It’s up to you to have it on or off. I hope this photo helps you imagine how the painting in the frame looks. 
Framing is recommended to protect the paintings. But of course, you can decorate the artwork on the wall without a frame. The painting is made of paper and is fragile: please be careful not to drop it or shock it. The papers are somewhat fragile and deteriorate over time compared to canvases. That is “the impermanence of all things,” which is one of the essential concepts I seek in my creation.

Shipping Info Updated

Updated for the info about shipping.

Please check the URL below to see if your region accepts international deliveries. Please check the EMS section of your region. We don’t have problems shipping when it has a checkmark (Acceptable). Due to the ongoing reduction in transportation capacity to various countries and territories, there may be delays in delivering posted international mail. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.

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It might be possible to deliver internationally using other private
mailing companies. If you wish to use this method, please contact us. Although shipping fee usually costs twice as much. Some countries and territories do not even accept deliveries from private mailing companies. Please check the link below.

https://toshihiroegawaart.com/contact/


Currently, these countries are not accepting deliveries from Japan.

 Canada

India

Mongolia

 Paraguay

 Brazil

 Venezuela

 Saudi Arabia

Belarus

Ukraine

 Russia

Afghanistan

(According to data March 22, 2022)

Before you purchase

Please read before you purchase

I specify details and prices of contents on the delivery slip upon shipping. Please check the tariff rate of your country before you purchase my artThe customers shall bear the tariff cost.

Contents and HS code will be written as below

(Contents=Pencil drawing HS code=9701.10)

I specify contents as “Merchandise,” please do not ask me to write false names such as “Present.” Thank you for understanding.

For example, the current (January 2022) USA tariff rate of 9701.10 is 0%. I recommend you search for correct information on the internet.

Thank you

Toshihiro Egawa

About Shipping

Please check the URL below to see if your region accepts international deliveries. Please check the EMS section of your region. We don’t have problems shipping when it has a checkmark (Acceptable). Due to the ongoing reduction in transportation capacity to various countries and territories, there may be delays in delivering posted international mail. Thank you in advance for your kind understanding.

https://www.post.japanpost.jp/int/information/overview_en.html


It might be possible to deliver internationally using other private
mailing companies. If you wish to use this method, please contact us. Although shipping fee usually costs twice as much. Some countries and territories do not even accept deliveries from private mailing companies. Please check the link below.

https://toshihiroegawaart.com/contact/


Currently, these countries are not accepting deliveries from Japan.

 Canada

 Paraguay

 Brazil

 Venezuela

 Saudi Arabia

 Russia

(According to data December 27th, 2021)