-Creator of Gatcheman (G-Force) and Final Fantasy-
September 4th to October 30th, 2006
Yoshitaka Amano (born 1952 Shizuoka City, Japan) first captured the world's attention as an animator by working on popular animated series such as Gatcheman (G-Force) and The Time Bokan during the sixties and the seventies.
In 1987, Amano embarked on a challenging task of creating characters and art direction for, at the time, a rather young medium --- the video game. His unique method of combining traditional artworks techniques and computerised images led to the birth of the phenomenal Final Fantasy series. The huge worldwide success of Final Fantasy had made him not only a household name in Asia but in the West too. He has subsequently set up studios in both New York and Paris.
Amano's career took another amazing turn in the nineties as his 'neo-pop' Japanese paintings began exhibiting in Europe. An exhibition in 1995 in France firmly established him as a major player in the European art field.
His paintings can be seen, upon first glance, as reflections and reinterpretations of different characters he has invented, which echo the essences of his endless creativity. However, the dynamic he has achieved in his paintings is beyond the familiar illustrations people have come to expect. The close-ups of vivid and powerful body parts and the groundbreaking technical skills undoubtedly set them apart from the world of animation; these paintings deservedly stand alone as world-class art pieces in their own rights and will continue to do so.
For this exhibition, Amano has created a special new series. He spent three weeks in Hong Kong and created thirty plus paintings especially for the Hong Kong audience.
Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2005 Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
2004 Galerie Edward Mitterrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2004 Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
2004 Galerie Michael Janssen, Koln, Germany i
2004 Patrick deBrook Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
2003 Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2003 Galerie Michael Janssen, Koln, Germany
2002 Leo Koening Gallery, New York, USA
1999 'Hero', Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA
1997 'Think Like Amano', The Puck Building, New York, USA
1995 Orlean Art Museum, France
1989 'Hiten', Yurakucho Mullion, Tokyo, Japan