Francis Shingo “Subtle Impressions”

Subtle Impression(emerald, violet and blue), 2019
Oil on canvas, 100 x 86 cm (39.3 x 33.8 inch)


First Impression in Square, 2019
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm (24 x 24 inch)


Shingo Francis
Subtle Impressions

Date: Thursday September 19 – Saturday November 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday September 19, 18:00-20:00
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-19:00 (Closed on Mon, Sun, Public holidays)


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MISA SHIN GALLERY is pleased to announce upcoming solo exhibition “Subtle Impressions” by Shingo Francis from Thursday, September 19 to Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Francis explores the vast space and spirituality of painting through abstract expressions that consist of multiple layers of blue and deep monochrome color works.

His new Interference series of the last few years consists of paintings created with special materials that cause optical interference, resulting in light passing through multiple layers of paint, producing a variety of colors when viewed at different angles. The canvas of these pieces appears to be full of light, but unlike works of the past that emphasize specific colors, as the viewer approaches a painting, it starts to give off a rich array of colors due to the reflection and refraction of light. Like seeing a rainbow in the sky, this visual effect caused by the viewer’s movement brings an awareness that the colors reaching our eyes are intermediated by particles of light.

In this day and age when people can easily take photos of artworks and email the images or post them on social media, the artist is concerned that people are ‘judging’ artworks simply by looking at those images in smartphones or computer displays, without actually viewing the real thing for themselves up close. Francis’ new works invite viewers to experience the paintings directly and in person, so that they can witness how the layers of color deepen and how the matière (the texture) responds as the viewer moves in front of the painting.

Shingo Francis
Born 1969 in Santa Monica, California. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Yokohama, Japan. He received his Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from Pitzer College, Claremont, California in 1992, and his Master’s degree of Fine Arts from Pasadena, California in 2017. Francis established a curatorial organization, Hatch in 1996, has organized exhibitions in Los Angeles and Yokohama. His major exhibitions include “Ties over Time”, Residence of the US ambassador to Japan, (Tokyo 2010), “The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction”, DIC Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art,(Chiba, 2012), “Kaleidoscope”, Lobby Gallery, Durst Organization, (New York, 2013),  “A Moment in Time and Space”, Nikkei Art Project, (Tokyo, 2014), “Helios”, Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3, (Los Angeles, 2015) “Abracadabra of Drawing”, Ichihara Lakeside Museum, (Chiba, 2017), “Layers of Nature: beyond the line”, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, (Nagano, 2018), “Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space”, Martin Museum of Art, (Waco, 2019). His works are in collections including JP Morgan Chase Bank, Banco de Espana, Frederick R. Weiseman Art Foundation, Mori Arts Center, and Sezon Museum of Modern Art. 


MISA SHIN GALLERYでは2019年9月19日(木)から11月2日(土)まで、フランシス真悟の個展「Subtle Impressions」を開催します。





MISA SHIN GALLERYでは、5年ぶりとなるフランシス真悟の個展「Subtle Impressions」を、どうぞご高覧ください。

1969年カリフォルニア州サンタモニカ生まれ。1992年クレアモント、ピッツァーカレッジにてBFA(美術学士号)を、2017年パサデナ、アートセンター カレッジ オブ デザインでMFA(美術学修士号)を取得。現在ロサンゼルスと横浜を拠点に活動。1996年キュレーション団体Hatch Artを設立、ロサンゼルス、横浜で展覧会企画に携わる。2006年レジデンスArt Omi International(ニューヨーク)に参加。「Ties over Time」駐日米国大使館公邸(東京、2010 年)、「抽象と形態:何処までも顕れないもの」 DIC 川村記念美術館(千葉、2012 年)、「Kaleidoscope」ロビーギャラリー、ダースト財団(ニ ューヨーク、2013 年)、「A Moment in Time and Space」日経アートプロジェクト(東京、2014 年)、「HELIOS」(ロサンゼルス空港、ロサンゼルス市文化部、ロサンゼルス)、「アブラカタブラ絵画展」市原湖畔美術館(千葉、2017 年)、「レイヤー・オブ・ネイチャー」セゾン現代美術館(軽井沢、2018年)、「Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space」マーティン美術館 (ウェーコ、テキサス、2019) 国内外の多数の個展、グループ展に参加。JP モーガン アート コレクション、スペイン銀行、 フレデリック・R・ワイズマン財団、森アーツセンターなどにコレクションとして収蔵。