The history of the constellations dates back to about 5,000 years ago.

The fact that Mesopotamian shepherds in Mesopotamia looked up at the starry sky and linked the stars together is evidence of the fact that we humans have been vaguely attracted to the universe since ancient times.

Now, more than 50 years have passed since Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and there have been many works of art that use the starry skies and constellations as their subject matter. As the secrets of the universe are gradually being revealed through the power of science, have works of art with space as their subject matter also changed?

Hironobu Naito

  The Japanese have long been fascinated by the moon. This is evident from the moon viewing events that continue until the present day, as well as from the fact that the moon has been recited in waka poetry. Naito paints lyrical depictions of the moon in his lyrical style using mineral pigments.

76 x 57.7 cm

He says that when he looks up and sees the moon shining in the sky, he looks back on his life and feels a sense of “stillness” in his heart. The blue moon, painted with coarse paints, will leave viewers with a sense of serenity.

Blue moon
116.7 x 91 cm

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Chihiro Kabata

 Kabata is known to draw irregular shapes on inkjet paper with black ballpoint pen. He draws various objects with delicate and powerful movements of the ballpoint pen.

Unknown planet, aurora borealis
90 x 90 cm

Planets scattered in the universe have been produced by processing the human imagination from what is observed. However, Kabata’s “planets” have an abstract shape that seems to be impossible for them to exist. However, there is an unknown magic of “unknown” in the conceptual expression.

The unknown planet, Atlanta
90 x 90 cm

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Naomi Maegawa

Maekawa paints with a spiritual notion that identifies the nature of the stars with his own creation.

I feel that the future of the universe, which we have not yet seen, resembles the human heart.
100 x 40 cm

It is said that when a star is reaching its end, it takes to its own center and destroys matter, explodes, scatters the elements, and disappears from existence. I have been painting my own center, my own heart, to know myself. Everything is connected. Maekawa’s works seem to be full of energy.

He uses oil bars (hardened with oil paints and beeswax) and sometimes his own fingers instead of brushes to unite his body with the canvas.

I am in this square. The infinity of the universe. The story has begun.
53 x 53 cm

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Needless to say, the universe is vast and ever-expanding. Therefore, even if humanity’s chemistry were to evolve to its ultimate level, we will never know everything about it. However, this is why we can’t help but think about the universe, which will continue to be the greatest human waste.


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