Yusuke Asai

Yusuke Asai
Born in Tokyo, 1981. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Yusuke Asai uses various materials and is constantly broadening his horizons. Alongside production of work at his atelier, his Masking Plant series has been ongoing since 2003. The series involves permanent marker drawings on masking tape that is freely pasted on walls and floors. For his Earth paintings series, he began gathering soil and water from local regions to be used as raw these material for his paintings. He also created the Sprouted Plants series where he cut out the shapes of animals and plants from a sheet of road marking white line and torches on the road surface. Recently, he has received a lot of attention for his large-scale earth paintings that are over 10 meter. He juxtaposes animals and plants without any space, small animals and plants appear inside of bigger living things just like macro exists inside of micro, the ecosystem in the universe.

His significant solo exhibitions include, “Yusuke ASAI: Seeds of Imagination, Journey of Soil”, at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan (2015); He has also participated in major group exhibitions, such as “All Living Things”, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2016); and “Echigo-Tsumari Art Field”, Tokamachi City, Niigata, Japan (2015). He is has also endeavoured in many art projects outside of Japan such as “yamatane”, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, USA (2014).



Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
Daisuke Miyatsu Collection
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
JAPIGOZZI Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Modern Art
Ohara Museum
Taguchi Art Collection
Takahashi Collection
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Tsunagi Art Museum


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