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Opening Reception | Shun Sudo: Innocent Forest




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Thursday, 27 September 2018 to Saturday, 20 October 2018
Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Exhibition dates: September 27 – October 20, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 27, 6-8pm
Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

Onishi Gallery is honored to present Innocent Forest, a stunning solo exhibition of pop paintings by artist Shun Sudo. Vividly depicting the fantastical animals and plants of an imaginary realm, Sudo creates images that explode off the canvas, reaching out to the viewer from an alternate reality of color and possibility. 

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Sudo has been deeply influenced by American pop culture throughout his career. After travels across the United States in his 20s, he returned to Japan in his 30s to begin work on paintings that allude to both his creative roots in traditional Japanese culture and contemporary street cultures of Western societies. Integrating both of these influences into his aesthetic sensibilities, Sudo created classic Japanese sumi-e brush stroke paintings covered by graffiti pop art to produce innovatively animated artwork that awakens the eye, mind, and spirit. 

In the series featured in this exhibition, Innocent Forest, Sudo references specific inspiration sources: Ito Jakuchu, a famous Japanese painter of the 18th century, and Akira Toriyama, a contemporary popular Japanese animation artist. Jakuchu illustrated scenes with imaginary birds, animals, flower and plants, merging this world with make-believe through bright colors and modern design. Toriyama draws influences from Disney animation to Chinese novels to Jackie Chan films, creating cartoonish characters, animals, and deities. Sudo’s current series pays particular homage to Jakuchu’s rooster and Toriyama’s animation worlds. 

Visit the Innocent Forest and you encounter a bright yellow rabbit covered with black vegetal designs and a pointed tail, a proud rooster figure wearing royal red booties and a decorative cape, puffed up petals jumping out from their flower centers, dripping ice cream cones and stuffed hamburgers floating off the corners of pages, and birds in flight, flowers, trees, and majestic mountains filling the backgrounds of these fantastical worlds. With spirited strokes and dynamic characters, Sudo guides you through his imaginary kingdom, parallel to our own reality, connecting both through tradition, passion, and creativity.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Nana Onishi at 212-695-8035, or by email at Or, please visit the gallery website at


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Shun Sudo (b. 1977), based in Tokyo, has been deeply influenced by American pop culture from a young age and has spent his 20s traveling around the United States. When he returned home to Japan in his early 30s, he began working on paintings that reference his creative roots both in Japanese culture and the contemporary street culture of Western life. As a result, Sudo developed two artistic styles that reflect the two different aspects of his personality.

His primary aim is to capture his subject matter in a few stylized brushstrokes—otherwise known as Japanese sumi-e brush stroke painting. He then paints over that image with graffiti pop art which makes for a graphically-animated impression that awakens the eyes, mind, and spirit. In his current series “Innocent Forest,” which contains Sudo’s creations of imaginary animals, which look similar to rabbits, elephants or deer, which wander around the mysterious forest – he projects those animals as himself and the forest as the United States when he traveled in younger years.

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Onishi Gallery
521 W 26th Street, Basement A
New York, N.Y. 10001

Onishi Gallery , New York

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