New York, October 16, 2015 – hpgrp gallery, with galleries in Tokyo and New York, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Noritake Kinashi, his first in the United States. It will inaugurate the gallery’s move to a new permanent location in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, “After many months of hard work we are thrilled to make the move from Chelsea to our new home in Tribeca” explained hpgrp Director Kentaro Totsuka who continued “Our expanded ground floor location will provide an excellent new platform for presenting Japanese contemporary artists to New York and the world.”
One of the Japan’s most well known comedic actors, (“Tunnels” (no Minasan no Okagedesu), “Neltun” (Benikujira Dan), with twenty years experience as a painter, Noritake is heavily influenced by pop, graffiti, and neo-expressionism. His work often employs vibrant colors and movement, while invoking themes of domesticity. Noritake Kinashi in New York comes on the heels of his retrospective Kinashi Noritake Exhibition x 20years INSPIRATION moment of curiosity, which toured through six major museums in Japan and received 300,000 visitors. As a leading comedic actor in Japan, who devotes himself heavily to his painting practice in his private time, Noritake Kinashi in New York provides insight into the careful balance he strikes between his hectic professional life and personal life. Works range from dynamic, maximalist bouts of expressionism, to sparing muted domestic scenes ranging from paintings of homes and maps of his neighborhood.
Founded in 2005, hpgrp introduces the work of Japanese and Asian contemporary artists to the world through its galleries in Tokyo and New York. It operates two additional project spaces in Tokyo, and participates in art fairs throughout Asia, as well as its own self-produced art fair, the New City Art Fair, throughout the world. hpgrpgallery.com