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Sunrise from a Small Window : A Selection from 2020

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I’m proud to present a curation of my Sunrise from a Small Window series in Japan, where I grew up, for the first time. Each of the 40 paintings in this set was created in 2020, a tumultuous year with a steady march of alarming headlines, from the pandemic, to climate change, to the presidential election in the United States. But when I looked out the window of my Brooklyn apartment, I could see the tranquil sunrise and hear the birds chirping, completely independent of the news on the front page of the New York Times.

 

These sunrise paintings were a meditative practice, one that continues to this day. They are a reminder that nature perseveres, that there is still beauty and hope to be found despite the frightening, chaotic headlines in the news. In fact, if you were to peel the layer of paint off the newspaper canvas, you might discover that the stories that seemed so consuming and significant in the moment, are barely a blip in history. The sunrise, however, is a constant reassurance that better things are possible.

—Artist biography

 

Sho Shibuya is an artist, graphic designer, and founder of the creative studio Placeholder. His career began not far from Shinjuku. After leaving architecture school to pursue graphic design, Shibuya worked for a small magazine in Tokyo, where he established a mantra that informs his work to this day: learning by doing.

 

He moved to New York City and asked a few artists about their materials. With no formal training, Shibuya went to an art supply store, picked up a few acrylics and brushes, and started painting.

 

Over the years, Shibuya developed a practice of painting every single morning, which continues with his daily paintings on the New York Times, sometimes a reaction to a headline but just as often, a tranquil sunrise. He has collaborated with icons including Patti Smith and Sarah Andelman, and as the world has awakened from the pandemic, his artwork has been hosted by Yves Saint Laurent at Art Basel and is on display at the MoMu in Antwerp, and now, here in his home of Japan.

 

 

 

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