Toru Hamada
(1953, Matsuyama, Japan)

Orphan, born in a modest family, he draws, sketches the Shiroyama Mountain, then discovers Rubens and Michelangelo and copies a thousand time their works to acquire their technique. “The dream only isn’t enough, it needs the courage to look after it !” the artist says. Refused at the exam to go into the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo, probably because of his rebel mind, he left Japan in 1972 to move to Carrara (Italia), after a short stay in Paris. He graduated from la Scuola di Marmo, in Carrara.

When one discovers the painting of Toru Hamada, he is struck by the intensity of the colours on his works. On the falsely plane surface of his paintings, bright colours answer each other with a subtle game of superpositions and unexpected contrasts.

According to Hamada, painting isn’t only a layout of flat tint of colours assembled together in a spontaneous expressive impetus. In each painting, the painter never stops breaking the form born from the first move. By adding successively new material, he is shaping the form.

Exhibitions selected

2016 - L'attrape- Feu, l'art réenchante le monde, Ecole des filles, Huelgoat, Paris
2016 - Art Paris Art Fair, Gallery Françoise Livinec, Paris
2016 - NegenPuntNegen Kunstgalerij
2015 - Gallery Gaëtane DUEZ, Bruxelles / BASE Gallery / Matsuyama MITSUKOSHI
2014 - Gallery Hugo GODDERIS / NegenPuntNegen Kunstgalerij
2013 - MIURA MUSEUM, Matsuyama « oeuvres récents »
2012 - Negen Punt Negen Kunstgalerij , Roeslare - Belgium GINZA MITSUKOSHI , Tokyo / Matsuyama MITSUKOSHI
2011 - Matsuyama MITSUKOSHI, Japon / Gallery Hugo GODDERIS, Veurne- Belgium
2010 - Ehime Prefectural Museum , Matsuyama- Japan / BASE Gallery
2008 - Opus Gallery , Iyo- Japan
2007 - MIURA Museum , Matsuyama- Japan
2006 - Gallery DI MEO / BASE Gallery
2002 - Gallery DI MEO
2001 - BASE Gallery
2000 - BASE Gallery
1999 - Gallery DI MEO / BASE Gallery
1997  - Gallery DI MEO , Paris / BASE Gallery
1996  - Kodama Gallery , Osaka
1989 -1994  -  BASE Gallery, Tokyo
1988  - Centre Culturel, l'ambassade de Japon , Paris