Guest Shot – Nishi

Nishi show at FineArte Gallery, Southend, UK promoIt struck me recently that I spend an awful lot of time on this here blog talking about myself. Not that I’m in danger of running out of stuff to chatter about, but sometimes it’s nice to shine my teensy little spotlight on some of the folks I admire. Without further ado, here’s our first Guest Shot: Nishi.

I met Nishi-san about a year ago, when he found me through MySpace and he invited me out for a beer and to share our work. You couldn’t find two guys with more different styles. Where I slice up paper, Nishi combines spraypaint, washi-paper, sumi-e brushwork, and a whole lot of stippling. On the other hand, we do both like to work on wood. Actually, Nishi-san explains it better than I do:

During the creation process, the art talks to me, the most important thing for me to do is to listen to
the piece. I closely communicate with my art while I am working. Materials for the art work are
also very important. I won’t be able to express my imagination without the various materials that I use for the piece. When you see my art work, you can see dynamic brush strokes and the characteristic detail in the work. My intention is to create new wave/style in art merging Painting and Japanese calligraphy.

Nishi’s work can be very dark, but I also see a very astute, if dry, sense of humor at work. The originals are a wonder to behold, and I highly recommend taking a look. His first solo show is up right now at the FineArte Gallery, in Southend in the UK. To see his work:

Gallery Info and artist’s statement
Nishi’s artwork at the FineArte Gallery
Nishi’s MySpace page (huge collection of his work)


  1. Bridget’s avatar

    Nishi’s work is dark…like the idea of ‘Guest shots’. Here’s a guest shot from Roberto Bolaño, chilean writer, author of ‘2666’ (if you have the stomach for 900 pages of outrageous writing and the time, it’s highly recommended). This is a little excerpt on art from a short story, ‘Dentist’ from his collection of short stories “Last Evenings on Earth”…
    “…I tried to point out that what had happened was an incident in his life story, not an episode in art history…my friend hit the roof…But that’s where art comes from, he said: life stories. Art history comes along only much later. That’s what art is, he said, the story of a life in all its particularity. It’s the only thing that really is particular and personal. It’s the expression of and, at the same time, the fabric of the particular…What I mean is the secret story….every single damn thing matters! Only we don’t realize. We just tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another, and we don’t realize that’s a lie.” Great stuff, Bolañol is phenomenal, excuse me was. You artists and writers are a wonder and a curiosity. Continue creating and sharing. Art history in the making!

  2. Antoine Becaglia’s avatar

    Nishi’s Art is amazingly mesmerizing. The Spirit of Ancient Japan is present without denying the modernity of contemporary Art. Nishi’s works are not the works one simply hangs on walls…they are pieces that inspire you, make you meditate or think…they are a “pleasure” to own…if one can ever “own” a work of Art.

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