Shingo Francis “Illuminated Presence”

Shingo Francis Four Thousand Weeks, 2022, oil on canvas, 53 x 53cm

Shingo Francis フランシス真悟
Illuminated Presence

Friday, January 21 – Saturday, March 12, 2022
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Shingo Francis is perhaps best known for his abstract expressions that consist of multiple layers of blue, and for his deep monochrome color works. Over the past few years, however, his practice has focused on the Interference series of paintings created with special materials that cause optical interference, resulting in light passing through multiple layers of paint to produce a variety of colors when viewed at different angles.

The Interference paintings shown in his 2019 solo exhibition predominantly took the form of a rectangular canvas with a somewhat smaller rectangle painted inside it. In his latest works, the form has progressed to square canvases incorporating circles. Light falling on the canvas creates a rich palette of colors that emerge and vary according to the viewing angle and the time of day. In today’s world, artworks are increasingly viewed on a monitor, intermediated by social media and other networks, but Francis provides a visual experience that cannot be captured as a static image.

In classical times, the circle expressed the world as a whole, including the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and aether. In Zen Buddhism, the circle represents enlightenment or truth, and is said to reflect the mind of someone who has seen the truth. The circle can be found in the shinkyo, or sacred mirrors of Shinto, and in Zen circle calligraphy. It is simple and clear, but it may be the most difficult shape to grasp. The circle also refers to Nature’s repetition and change where we live out our lives in this grand scheme of cycles. These new experiments by Francis bring the viewer face-to-face with his or her own reflection, inviting and facilitating introspection.

Shingo Francis
Born 1969 in Santa Monica, California. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA and Kamakura, Japan. 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 major exhibitions include DIC Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art,(Chiba, 2012), Lobby Gallery, Durst Organization, (New York, 2013), Ichihara Lakeside Museum, (Chiba, 2017), Sezon Museum of Modern Art, (Nagano, 2018), Martin Museum of Art, (Waco, 2019). His works are in collections including JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Banco de Espana, Frederick R. Weiseman Art Foundation, Mori Arts Center, and Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Oketa Collection, Tokyo American Club.

フランシスは、幾層にも重ねられたブルーの抽象画や、深い色彩のモノクローム作品で知られますが、近年では特殊な素材が引き起こす光の干渉によって、絵の具の複数の層に光が通り、見る角度によってさまざまな色が現れる「Interference」シリーズを制作しています。

2019年の個展で展示した同シリーズのペインティングは主に長方形のカンバスにひとまわり小さい長方形が描かれていたのに対し、新作では、正方形のカンバスの中に円が描かれます。カンバスが光を受けることで、色が豊かな表情を見せ、作品を観る角度や、時間帯によってさまざまに立ち現れる色彩の変化は、SNSなどネットでモニターを介して作品を見ることが増えている現代において、画像では捉えきれない視覚体験をもたらします。

古来、地・水・火・風・空を含んだ世界全体を表しているとされる「円」は、禅においては悟りや真理の象徴で見た人の心を映し出すものとも言われてきました。御神鏡の「円」、禅僧の「円」などに代表される、単純明快でありながらもっとも理解することが難しい形である「円」。さらに「円」は自然界の繰り返される現象や移り変わりなど、わたしたちが生きている壮大な循環サイクルを表しています。フランシスの新しい試みとしての円は、鑑賞者が向き合うことで自身を映し出し、自分自身を見つめるきっかけにもなり得ることでしょう。

フランシス真悟 Shingo Francis
1969年カリフォルニア州サンタモニカ生まれ。ロサンゼルスと鎌倉を拠点に活動。絵画における空間の広がりや精神性を探求し続けている。DIC 川村記念美術館(千葉、2012 年)、ロビーギャラリー、ダースト財団(ニ ューヨーク、2013 年)、市原湖畔美術館(千葉、2017 年)、セゾン現代美術館(軽井沢、2018年)、マーティン美術館 (ウェーコ、テキサス、2019)など 国内外の多数の個展、グループ展に参加。JP モーガン・チェース・ 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、セゾン美術館、桶田コレクション、東京アメリカンクラブなどにコレクションとして収蔵。

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WORKS

Shingo Francis
Four Thousand Weeks
2022
Oil on canvas
53 x 53cm (20.8 x 20.8 in)
Shingo Francis
Golden Blue Delights
2022
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Infinite Blue
2022
Oil on canvas
53 x 53cm (20.8 x 20.8 in)
Shingo Francis
Illumination (violet-blue)
2022
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Illumination in Violet
2022
Oil on canvas
53 x 53cm (20.8 x 20.8 in)
Shingo Francis
Crown of Blue in Red
2022
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Crown of Blue
2022
Oil on canvas
53 x 53cm (20.8 x 20.8 in)
Shingo Francis
Heart of the Blue Sun
2022
Oil on canvas
91 x 91 cm (35.8x35.8 in)
Shingo Francis
Shadow & Light
2022
Oil on canvas
41 x 41 cm (16.1 x 16.1in)
Shingo Francis
Inversion
2021
Oil on canvas
33 x 66 cm (13 x 26 in)
diptych
Shingo Francis
Early Presence (emerald-gold)
2021
Oil on canvas
33 x 66 cm (13 x 26 in)
diptych
Shingo Francis
Sphere of Light
2022
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Cosmic Illumination
2021
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Floating Sphere (emerald-red)
2021
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Morning Illumination
2022
Oil on canvas
33 x 33cm (13 x 13 in)
Shingo Francis
Emerald in Teal
2020
Oil on canvas
76 x 76 cm (29.9x29.9 in)
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