Jun Imamura

Born in Kyoto City, Japan

BFA (Summa Cum Laude); Hunter College, The City University of New York 
MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ph.D. in Literature

Scholarship and Grants:
2007 Artist Fellowship Vermont Studio Center,
Vermont, the United States


2018 Solo Show “12 gaze”
Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2016 Paper “Form and Coexistence: The Life of Berg's Opera Lulu
Alban Berg [16], Alban Berg Gesellschaft, Japan

2014 Special Exhibition for the 20th Annual Meeting of the Art Education Studies
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Solo Show “2010/4/03 Wien”
Zap Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Group Show “GTS Art Project”
Shitamachi Base, Tokyo, Japan

2007 BFA Degree Show
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery,
New York, the United States
Open Studio “Tokyo Blue”
Hunter College MFA Building, New York, the United States

2006 Solo Show “Red Paintings”
New York Public Library, 96th Street Branch and Aguilar Branch,
New York, the United States
Open Studio “Digital Cell Phone Paintings”
Hunter College MFA Building, New York, the United States

2000 Philip Morris Art Award 2000
Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan

1999 The 28th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan
The 9th Art Box Exhibition
Art Museum Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1993 Awarded “The Mark Kostabi Competition Grand Prize”
Worked in collaboration with Mark Kostabi, Tokyo, Japan

1992 The 2nd Art Box Exhibition
Azabu Museum of Art and Crafts, Tokyo, Japan











Digital Image Painting

In my work, I collect images from digital technology, such as computers, digital cameras, and cellphones.

I print out these images with an ink-jet printer and paint over them with oils. In this process I do not draw

any drafts of the pictures but focus on collecting images I respond to the images and humanize them with

my actions. My identity is formalized by these "otherness" and is visualized by my brushstrokes.

This is my way to communicate with others using digital technology and to live in the digital world.

The German philosopher G. E. Lessing, in Laokoon (1766) compared two different kinds of art, art in time

(literature and drama) and art in space (painting and sculpture). Friedrich Nietzsche, in The Birth of Tragedy

(1872) conceptualized art in time as Dyonysian and art in space as Apollonian. He saw the ideal in the arts

interaction between the two.

Nietzsche's concept guides me in my artistic goal. In my projector works, I keep projecting the painted images

Digital Image Painting on walls. Viewers see the both the painted object (past) and the projected images (present)

in the same space. This represents the interaction not only between the past and present but also between

time and space. In doing so I explore the Idea of the arts philosophers discussed in aesthetic history. I believe

this answering to history is a clue to originating new art in the future.


12 gaze

Recently I mainly work 12 gaze depends on Digital Image Painting technique.

I paint 12 variations which are based on one image.

They are completed in short time and are combined as one work.

Although these 12 pictures are composed by using the same colors, the same brushes and the same process,

each picture has different brush-stroke which represents the action of human quality.

This action regards to live in society, in the world, and in the universe.

The form of 12 gaze express co-existence with others in the universal cycle of time and space which is composed

of the number 12. The variation and sequence represent love of differences which consist of a mutual thing.

In doing so I have a pleasant talk and coexist with painted my "guardians" (others).