Details of the mural titled “Tribute to the Basque Country’s Sports.” 3 m x 1.4
A Renaissance in postmodernity.
The work of Nori Ushijima (Kumamoto, 1956) represents an eclectic explosion that surprised the late twentieth century. It is difficult to understand his work without knowing the stay that marked him in Italy where the classical world transpires and the knowledge that he acquired of the techniques of restoration and engraving by the hand of Renaissance masters. Guided by figures such as Michelangelo but also Picasso, Ushijima proposes a rereading of the history of art through his vision in which he synthesizes the pictorial movements from the Renaissance to the avant-garde. His work gives us a refreshing look as it opens new horizons in the pictorial field: figuration and abstraction are masterfully interspersed spilling color just to dye their complex dream constructions, all which emerge from the subconscious as an intuitive, primal and emotional gesture. His works are like living beings that, depending on the mood or the moment, provoke different emotions in the spectator.
Ushijima is first and foremost a master of the techniques of painting that dominates and vindicates as a means to approach human emotions.