Credited as a major influence over contemporary Japanese art, Key Hiraga's
eclectic works liberated painting from the rigid confines of tradition, indulging
primordial impulse with a luscious palette and a cast of deviant characters.
Here, two hyper-sexualised figures enhanced with fetishistic details and
myriad patterning hang from opposite ends of the composition, inciting rich,
Kei Hiraga was a Japanese visual artist who was born in 1936 Tokyo, a time of great uncertainty as the threat of war had cast a dark cloud over the city. He was a Japanese artist whose paintings possessed recognizable figuration as well as narration, which makes them look fresh even today.
He was educated in economics, once Key Hiraga gained his father's approval in the late 1950s to pursue an artistic career, he threw himself into artistic pursuits. Using the symbolic charisma of abstract expressions as a response to the concurrent artistic movements in Europe and America, Key Hiraga created a unique school of artistic style to call his own.
Kei Hiraga has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Galerie Loevenbruck. Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Fenetre (Window); Window' sold at Christie's Hong Kong 'Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)' in 2014 for $314,502. There have been many articles about Kei Hiraga, including 'Key Hiraga and Tetsumi Kudo at Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris' written for ARTINFO in 2017. The artist died in 2000.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Key Hiraga: Works 7958-7993, Ortuzar Projects, New York, New York
2018 The Spirit of Burai: The Life and Timesof Key Hiraga, Bonhams, New York, New York
2017 En affinite(s): Key Hiraga Tetsumi Kudo, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France
2015 Key Hiraga, Studio Garibaldi, Milan, Italy
2013 Key Hiraga Ill: 7960s-7990s, Furna Contemporary/Bunkyo Art, Tokyo, Japan
2008 The Elegant Life of Key Hiraga, A Japanese artist in Europe 7965-7974, The Mayor Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2006 The Elegant Life of Mr. H: Days for Roses and Sake, Furna Contemporary/Bunkyo Art, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Avant-Garde Pop by Key Hiraga, Modern Painter, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, Japan
Collected Paintings of Key Hiraga, Bokushin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1974 New Works by Key Hiraga, Furna Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1972 La Elegante Vita di Mr. K, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
1971 The Crazy World of Mr. K, Galerie T, Haarlem, The Netherlands
1969 The Elegant Life of Key Hiraga, Gallery Seven, Tokyo, Japan
1968 The Elegant Life of Mr. P, Galerie T, Haarlem, The Netherlands
1967 Tableaux de Key Hiraga, Galerie Lambert, Paris, France
1966 Travers Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
2004 Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain, Paris
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT), Tokyo, Japan
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MoMAK), Kyoto, Japan
National Museum of Art Osaka (NMAO), Osaka, Japan