Masaki Okuten

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Masaki Okuten works on expressions that people can touch with a universal sense broader than the range interpreted by art history.

The deformed works give a sense of presence and materiality like a foreign object, which also serves to allow the viewer to dive into the painting space free from the rectangular field.

The artist states, "I felt the primitive lines in the graffiti of children under five years old." He places the graffiti of children, and makes it appear as a white line from the deepest part of the painting to the forefront by masking. The reason for this process, according to the artist, is that "before drawing materials were created, lines were like ruts and scratches, and it is natural for lines to be uneven." 

The artist's works are like portraits which only people's existence is burned on. This is a manifestation of the artist's desire to have the traces of others depicted in his works be seen in a highly pure state. In his series of works, the artist has taken the approach of erasing his own existence from his works, but there are still traces and signs of his life in them.   

​Artworks

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The Umbrellas Cherbourg
100 x 80.3 cm
oil, acrylic, canvas on panel

2021

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Absence portrait
162 x 130 cm
oil, acrylic, canvas on panel

2021

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Blood and Sand
130.3 x 97 cm
oil, acrylic, canvas on panel

2021

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Forbidden games
130.3 x 97 cm
oil, acrylic, canvas on panel

2021