Tomokazu Matsuyama: Harmless Charm
Selling Exhibition: 14 – 21 Jun 2022 • Hong Kong

S otheby’s Hong Kong is pleased to present Tomokazu Matsuyama: Harmless Charm, a selling exhibition for New York-based Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama, from 14 - 21 June 2022. Featuring over 20 works, Harmless Charm is Matsuyama’s NFT debut and the first time digital works are presented alongside traditional paintings, continuing his exploration of reality and cultural identity through his signature series.

“'Harmless Charm' represents my journey of self-discovery as an artist exploring a whole new medium, as well as a means of exploring our existence and optimizing hope for the future.”
Tomokazu Matsuyama

First Collection of NFTs explore more

Harmless Charm is Tomokazu Matsuyama’s first collection of NFTs. The collection comprises of 3 unique 1-of-1 NFTs, three editions of 5, and three editions of 150. Created especially for this drop, digital artworks in this collection span from his coveted Equestrian, Fictional, Abstract, and Portrait series. Upon purchase of all three editions of 150 NFTs, collectors will be able to redeem a special edition NFT gift. Each wallet is permitted to claim a maximum of one claimable gift.

Exhibition Details

14 – 21 Jun 2022
14 Jun | 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
15 – 17 Jun | 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
18 – 19 Jun | 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
20 Jun | 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
21 Jun | 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery
5/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty

*Pre-registration is required. Successful registrants will receive an email confirmation, which is required for admission to the exhibition.


Fusako Oshima |
Junior Specialist / Cataloguer, Private Sales

Selling Exhibition Highlights

  • I Will Imagine
  • World Town Lonely
  • Harmless Charm
  • Ask Me Why Dancer
  • One Way Special
  • Perfect All Alone Ironic

About the ArtistTomokazu Matsuyama

Tomokazu Matsuyama (b. 1976, Japan) creates work that responds to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by questioning the aesthetic, cultural and conceptual systems of East and West.

His practice repositions traditional icons within a broader global context in order to create a distinctive style that resists cultural categorization and embodies what the artist refers to as the “struggle of reckoning the familiar local with the familiar global.” By raising questions of national and individual identity through the formal qualities and subject matter of his paintings, Matsuyama examines the “natural chaos” of our social environments and challenges viewers to confront their own conceptions of cultural homogeneity.

Matsuyama is influenced by a variety of subjects, including Japanese art from the Edo and Meiji eras, classical Greek and Roman statuary, French Renaissance painting, post-war contemporary art, and the visual language of global, popular culture as embodied by mass-produced commodities.

Matsuyama currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA in Communications Design from the Pratt Institute, New York. Matsuyama’s important exhibitions include the Long Museums in both Shanghai and Chongqing, China; Hong Kong Contemporary Art (HOCA) Foundation, Hong Kong; Japan Society, New York, NY, USA; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum, Washington, DC, USA; and Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, Sydney, Australia, among other galleries and institutions.

Matsuyama’s works are in the permanent collections of LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA; The Royal Family, Prince of Dubai, UAE; Bank of Sharjah Collection, Dubai, UAE; Microsoft Collection, and more.

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