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256
Hideaki Kawashima
SEBASTIAN
Estimate
25,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 33,600 USD
JUMP TO LOT
256
Hideaki Kawashima
SEBASTIAN
Estimate
25,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 33,600 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York

Hideaki Kawashima
B. 1969
SEBASTIAN
signed in Japanese, titled and dated 2001
acrylic on canvas
46 by 46 in. 117 by 117 cm.
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Provenance

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Exhibited

Tokyo, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Morning Glory, 2001

Catalogue Note

A pivotal painting in Hideaki Kawashima's career, Sebastian depicts a waifish young boy pierced with three arrows a la Saint Sebastian, a martyr executed in the same fashion by the Roman army in 288 AD.  Sebastian displays the physiognomic traits that would become customary in the artist's later work:  the pensive, penetrating eyes, pursed lips, the occasional nostril, and the reduced physical containers in sinuous, jellyfish-like forms, simultaneously corporeal and ephemeral.  Sebastian urges the viewer to think about the finitude of our bodily existence through the arrow-riddled body seemingly floating in space and contemplatating his own pending transformation.  This seminal work may also hint at Kawashima's own thoughts about his artistic identity, as he was previously a Buddhist monk prior to making the decision to paint.  Equal parts self-portrait, theological study and formal primer, Sebastian stands as the keystone of Hideaki Kawashima's oeuvre.

Contemporary Asian Art

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New York