About the artworkShin Koyama deals with contemporary themes while drawing on traditional Japanese iconography and methodologies. He is most well-known for his use of manga-style motifs and comically grotesque imagery on traditional materials such as porcelain, prints, or canvas.The motifs in Koyama's work are borrowed from traditional Japanese imagery and reflect his interest in creating a new hybrid aesthetic called Ero Guro Kawaii (translated to Erotic, Grotesque, and Cute). The work mixes elements of the erotic, the grotesque and the cute to make comic narratives and absurd dramatic scenes. Koyama's irreverent aesthetic reflects a complex response to contemporary problems in Japan and the world.
Born 1947 in Isesaki, Japan, Shin began work as a textile designer in Ishihara Sangyo as the fifth generation of the family weaving business. After a long career as a freelance illustrator and printmaker in Tokyo, Shin moved to Australia in 1983, where he established a printmakers gallery in Sydney. He is now based in Brisbane, Queensland and Fukuoka, Japan.
Working across various media, including printmaking, ceramics and acrylics, Shin deals with contemporary themes while drawing on traditional Japanese iconography and methodologies. His latest work is a re-examination of the narratives of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, author of Rashomon, and the way in which he deals with archetypal notions of fate and damnation.
Shin's education began iat Dokkyo University, Tokyo in 1965-66 followed by in 1974-76 studying etching at Tokyo Hanga Kenkyujo and being admitted into the Japan Printmakers Association. Shin's education has continued over the years, most recently in 2006 studying and working with lithographer Satoru Itazu in Tokyo and at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane and in 2008 studying traditional ceramic techniques in Arita, Saga Prefecture Japan.
Selected solo exhibition history includes; 2013 Ero Guro Kawaii, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok; 2010 Heaven and Hell, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane; 2005 Kiss Kiss, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney; 1989 Sugar Cane, B&C Gallery, Gold Coast; 1986 Ningyokan Gallery, Tokyo; 1984 NDA Gallery, Sapporo, Japan and 1984 St. Paul Gallery, Maebashi, Japan.
Honours and awards include;1974 Winner of Japan Printmakers Grand Prix, Tokyo and1971 Winner of KFS Art Contest Grand Prix, Tokyo. Shin's work is held in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia and private collections in Australia and overseas.