Sometimes the infinitely small can encapsulate the infinitely large. This happens in the paintings of the talented Japanese painter Masaki Yada. These were displayed at Ransom gallery on 105 Pimlico Road, from the 24th May 2014. In his small and fascinating artworks this artist portrays an entire cosmos of eternal questions, symbols and perfection. Masaki attempts to modernize the lost visual language that was cultivated by Dutch and Flemish old Masters of the 17th century: he achieves this by focusing on detail and creating vortexes of thoughts and colours that enchant the viewer of his paintings.
An attentive beholder can perceive various influences in his artworks, from the visionary imagination and impeccable technique of the past Masters of the past such as Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck, Willem van Aelst and Rachel Ruysch; to the abstractions of recent painters like: William De Kooning, Barnet Newman, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
Through Masaki’s imagery, the eternal language of the Dutch old Masters tells us stories of human desire, of life and death, of ephemeral love and hate, of ego and human vanity. As the artist himself claims: “My art practice is like opening the coffins of old masters to discover treasures that buried with them like golden daggers and jewels”.
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