Ever since humans left their caves, houses have been places that provide comfort and protection from the harsh environment. In this regard, every house has the same function anywhere in the world. However, their appearances significantly vary even in the same country. That is because houses reflect not only the way people adapt the environment, but also the culture and history of the people dwelling within.
Houses or buildings have been the subject of my painting for the past few years. Although you may call it a landscape, I do not feel like I am painting a landscape. When I paint a house, I feel like painting the family who lives there. When I paint a commercial building, I feel like painting the workers who work there. In other words, I am creating the portraits of people in the form of architecture. I call them “house-scape” paintings.
In this website, I introduce my “house-scape” paintings in places to which I am personally attached, including my home town Ome (Japan), Poughkeepsie (NY), which changed my artistic life and Aix-en-Provence (France) where I spent one summer in a residency program.