JD Malat Gallery is proud to present 'Under the Moonlight', the first London solo exhibition by Japanese artist Masayoshi Nojo, on display from 16 January 2020 until 15 February 2020.
'Under the Moonlight', presents a new series of work entitled "Mirage". Inspired by natural phenomena and Japanese landscapes, Nojo fuses contemporary visual languages with Japanese aesthetics to explore the themes of memory and the passage of time. Nojo's use of silver foils on top of a marbled acrylic base creates an array of dark and reflective passages, deeply resonating with the atmospheric mirage one may feel when under moonlight.
Nojo's new series is highly motivated by the relationship between light and dark in natural scenery. The multi-layered images present an array of grayscale tones in constant flux, allowing the viewer to traverse the complexity of the surfaces and be transported to a landscape in the distant memory of the viewer.
Born in 1989 in Kanagawa, Japan, Nojo completed his MA in Japanese Paintings in 2015 from the Kyoto University of Art and Design. Rooted in Japanese art history, Nojo's use of silver is reminiscent of Ogata Korin's celebrated work during the Edo Period in seventeenth-century Japan.
Nojo has exhibited widely in Japan, and his work has been marked by various awards, most notably the Grand Prize, Tadasu no Mori Dessin Contest (2009) and the Grand Prize Turner Award (2013). As the first show of Nojo's work outside Japan, this London exhibition showcases an exciting new chapter in Nojo's artistic journey.