Griffin Gallery presents new generation of Japanese contemporary
artists for group exhibition, Two Truths

28 May – 11 July 2015

  • Exhibition will showcase contemporary works by six talented Japanese artists, based in both London and Japan
  • Three of the exhibiting artists decided in their early careers to move to and ultimately settle in London
  • The others are at the beginning of their artistic careers living and working in their home country of Japan
  • The title refers to the ancient Buddhist doctrine of truth that bears the same name, works range from mixed media painting to minimalist sculpture
  • Press Preview: 27 May 2015, 18:00 – 21:00
  • Exhibition runs from 28 May – 11 July 2015 at Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street,
    London W11 4AJ
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Two Truths at West London’s Griffin Gallery brings together six talented Japanese artists and recent graduates working in both London and Japan. Works range from photography, to painting and sculpture, while the artists themselves use distinctive approaches to form a dialogue about the contemporary art climate and their cultural heritage. Japanese by birth and legacy, three of the exhibiting artists decided early in their careers to move to and ultimately settle in London. The other three are at the beginning of their artistic journeys practicing in their home country of Japan.

This exhibition seeks to understand how cultural displacement may affect an artist’s relationship to ‘truth’. The exhibition title refers to a key theory underpinning ancient Buddhist philosophy: the doctrine of Two Truths. This doctrine differentiates between two levels of truth: conventional and ultimate. Conventional truth is how we usually see the world; a place full of diverse and distinctive things and beings. Ultimate truth is empty of concrete and inherent characteristics; there are no distinctive things or beings. Arguably, this exhibition comments upon the journey most artists take in search of ‘personal truths’, and forms a lively visual discussion of tradition, heritage and contemporary art practice.

The exhibiting artists are united in their pursuit to articulate and interrogate the world around them, each artist having developed a unique approach, reflective of where they call home. Ultimately, the exhibition explores the Japanese artistic communities in both Japan and London, triggering interesting juxtapositions between Japanese custom and contemporary influence.

Two of the exhibiting artists from Japan, ICHASU and Keisuke Katsuki, will be in residence at Griffin Gallery between 28 April and 9 June. Whilst making new works, they will have the opportunity to explore the London and UK contemporary art scene.

Exhibiting Artists:

  • Kazuya Tsuji
  • Yukako Shibata
  • Miho Sato
  • Yuka Kurita
  • Keisuke Katsuki

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Notes to Editors:

About Griffin Gallery 
Griffin Gallery is a new gallery in West London supporting cutting-edge talent, hosting discussions and celebrating the best in contemporary art in London and around the world through a new award, the Griffin Art Prize.

A particular focus for the Griffin is the championing of craftsmanship across all contemporary art disciplines. Situated underneath the headquarters of world-leading fine art materials brands Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, the Gallery is home to an extensive series of events for artists and arts professionals, including expert talks discussing techniques and advice, running alongside the main exhibition programme.

The Studio Building houses not only the Griffin Gallery, but also an Innovation and Development Laboratory and two purpose-built artists’ studios. The Gallery occasionally hosts workshops in the development studio where invited artists can use cutting-edge art materials created by resident chemists. This bridges science and art with the latest art materials and colours made using the world’s best raw materials, which go on to be sold worldwide.

This independent gallery is under the Directorship of Becca Pelly-Fry.

Opening Times:
Monday - 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday - 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday - 10:00 - 17:00
Friday - 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday – Closed
Sunday – Closed

Further information:
Gallery Website: 

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