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石上はヴェネチアに滞在した際、ヴェネチアの過去と現在が混在した風景と、揺れ動く光、水、空気に触れるなかで、自分は過去世にもここにいたのではないかという不思議な感覚に陥った。この体験から「生命は永遠だ」というインスピレーションを受けた。「Eternal」には生と死の両方が描き出されている。具象によって生を、抽象によって死を表すという半抽象・半具象の様式で、生と死を繰り返す永遠の生命を描き出している。

When Ishigami was in Venice, he felt as if he were here in Venice in a past life by looking at the swaying light, water, air and landscape in which the past and present are intermingled. From this experience, he got an inspiration of “Eternal Life”. In “Eternal”, both life and death are expressed. He drew life in the concrete and drew death in the abstract in this work. That is to say, the “Eternal Life” repeating life and death is drawn in the style of half-abstractedness and half-realistic belonging to neither objective painting nor abstract painting.

Eternal, 2014

oil on canvas

97 x 162 cm

Door

「Door」において、石上の主題である「生命の永遠性」は、「瞬間」を描くことによって表される。無限の過去と無限の未来が、あらゆる生命に訪れる一瞬の思念と行動の中に内包されている。人体が扉に向かって一歩を踏み出している姿は、勇気の一歩を踏み出す一瞬が無限の過去を生かし、無限の未来を切り開いていくことを表現している。

 In “Door”, the main theme, “Eternal Life” is expressed by drawing a moment. The infinite past and the infinite future are included in the momentary thought and action that all lives meet. In this work, a human body taking a step toward the door expresses instant courage to take one step carves out an infinite future and takes advantage of an infinite past.

Door, 2014

oil on canvas

116 x 91 cm

Caffè Florian

"Caffè Florian", the oldest existing cafe in Venice, with a history of about 300 years since the establishment in 1720. Whenever I visit the place, I could not help but think that how many figures, artists such as Goeth, Monet, and Casanova have contemplated and have depicted here from the past to the present. 

Through this place, various feelings that exist in human beings, such as suffering, anger, joy, pleasure, sadness spring from his heart. In the meantime, I feels that the present moment is connected with the infinite future and the infinite past . Every time I visit "Caffé Florian", beyond the space and time in my mind, various emotions, people, scenes will be running away from moment to moment. 

I would like to draw the complex indescribable human mind where both negative and positive feelings live in the moment by getting an inspiration from "Caffè Florian".

 

Makoto Ishigami

Chiromante, 2009

oil on canvas

60 x 41 cm