Gallery: Leo Gallery
Artist(s): Li Yiwen, Max Huckle, Wu Xihuang & Zhang Ning
Opening / Event Date: 27 Oct, 2022
Closing / End Date: 28 Feb, 2023
Whitestone Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Osamu Watanabe: Sweet Summer in Hong Kong. More than 20 artworks form the artist’s career will be present at our Hollywood Road space.
Osamu Watanabe born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1980, graduated from the Department of Design at Tokyo Zokei University in 2003. He is known as Prince of Sweets in the art world by creating “Resin Cream Art”, he is one of the leading Japanese contemporary artists, also part of the Kawaii Art Movement that is gaining popularity in Japan. Unlike most artists, Watanabe uses cream pipe as his paint brush to renowned to his unique style. He once mentioned that throughout his creation, mastering the use of pastry bag is the hardest part of all. Watanabe trances his fixation with all things sweet to his childhood, due to his mother used to be a teacher at a confectionary school, the image of sweetness naturally grows inside of him; he started to create these fairy-tale-like artworks since 2000.
Cream pipe, magical as they were in his life, it is the most familiar tools allowing him to explore and enjoy this form of decoration. The combination of the Japanese artificial renditions of food display and fine art, he created something that never been seen. Watanabe who is not just an artist but also a dream keeper, by using a durable media, resins, he creates a long-lasting happiness with various shapes which enable him to create dynamic, collective and rhythmical designs, he challenges the tradition and create a brand-new artwork throughout this transformation by reproducing masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh and Kano Eitoku.
In this exhibition, Watanabe will be exhibiting artworks from three different series, Oriental Dream, works that based on Japanese traditional culture; European Fantasy, with iconic architectures and fine art; and Life, animals from the land and the sea. The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of Ohara Museum, Okayama, Japan; Kiyosu City Haruhi Museum, Aichi, Japan; and Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, Nagano, Japan.
Whitestone Gallery will transform its space into a wonderland, Sweet Summer will be held from 4th August to 10th September 2017.