・Aqyla, Silver leaf, Wooden panel
Cherry blossoms and Mt.
Fuji, which are frequent motifs in traditional Japanese paintings, often appear in Kenji Shimizu’s paintings.
What makes Shimizu’s paintings unique and different from others is a principal character called Bridolly.
This original character is created based on an old tin toy bird which flaps its rusted wings with all its might when a spiral spring is wound.
Watching this toy recalls the artist the passage of time or memory, and it becomes a “symbol of time” in his paintings.
It appears not only as an adorable toy figure, but also in various figures such as Hoo-o, a phoenix venerated as an auspicious bird in the ancient China, or Yatagarasu, a three-legged crow appeared as a messenger of god in Japanese mythology.
Shimizu is indeed the true artist who creates the one and only world of Bridolly. ― Maie Tsukuda
Born in Aichi in 1971.
Completed the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Held numerous solo exhibitions including “Flowers×Bridollies” at Takashimaya Yokohama / Kanagawa in 2011.
Participated in various group exhibitions and Art Fair including “Art Fair Tokyo” in 2013, “Young Art Taipei” in Taiwan in 2013, “DYNAMIC GO!50!GO!－NAGAI 50th ANNIVERSARY” at Seibu Ikebukuro / Tokyo in 2017, “Tin Toy Bird BRIDOLLY” at Ginza Mitsukoshi / Tokyo in 2018, “ART TAIPEI” in Taiwan in 2019.