Etsu Egami - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, November 28, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Born in 1994 in Chiba, Japan and currently living and working in Japan, Etsu Egami spent her childhood in America and Europe, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. She has won numerous awards and held exhibitions in different cities.


    Etsu Egami is known for presenting a series of portrait works with rich colours, direct composition and transparent brushwork. Egami has encountered countless language and communication barriers during her time living in different cities as a child. Thus her works often contain a deeper level of narration and history. They are also dreamy and frequently include different, overlapping forms at the same time. As a result, even though Egami possesses rich painting skills, she still emphasises the importance of intuition in painting and individuality in her creation process.


    Faces are the main theme of Egami’s paintings. Growing up in different cities, she often encountered moments of misunderstanding due to language barriers. She understood others through their tone and facial expressions, and allowed these experiences to be deeply rooted in her heart. Later, she used this as an opportunity to explore the essence of communication through personal experiences such as mishearing and misunderstanding. Thus her work manifested more personal and humane characteristics. As she once said ‘dislocation and parallel communication are not only mutual respect in coexistence, but also an important opportunity for self-enlightenment. When we stare at this sense of distance and uncertainty, the nature of communication may slowly emerge. At this moment, I suddenly feel that I see a rainbow in the grey area of communication.’i Etsu Egami eventually blended traditional figurative painting with illusion to create her original visual language and has received a lot of attention from all around the world.


    i Etsu Egami, quoted in 'ETSU EGAMI: Rainbow', Whitestone Gallery, 2021, online

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner



Confusing of Brushing Past

oil on canvas
150.2 x 150.2 cm. (59 x 59 in.)
Painted in 2019, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Full Cataloguing

HK$180,000 - 260,000 

Sold for HK$403,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021