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  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in 1983, Japanese artist Satoru Koizumi rose to prominence shortly after graduating from Okinawa Prefectural University’s Sculpture department in 2009. Koizumi’s work radiates an alluring charm where he reimagines the people of Japan’s hyper-civilised society as personified animal caricatures bearing the faces of innocent children.

     

    In different animal-costumed guises, Satoru Koizumi’s wood carvings depict a solitary child wearing an animal suit who stares into the ether. With an unnerving vacant expression, these children in their brightly painted costumes disrupt any preconceptions of blissful naivety with a lonely, touching disenchantment and recognition that one cannot embrace their wild nature and truly live in the moment without restraint. Koizumi’s figures profoundly capture this paradox with a simple gaze, challenging the viewer with a breath of harsh wisdom — how our playful, wilder instincts are suppressed as modern culture advances, and that one must abandon their wild nature to live in contemporary society.

    • Provenance

      Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
      Private Collection
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Tokyo, Ginza Mitsukoshi BF Gallery, Sound of Breathing, 12 - 18 June 2013

    • Literature

      Satoru Koizumi, In the House of Animal Human. Where The Beasts Live., Kyoto, 2017, pp. 31, 101 (illustrated)

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Shaking Ground

2013
wood, polychrome and resin
55.6 x 34.9 x 31.5 cm. (21 7/8 x 13 3/4 x 12 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2013.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 150,000 
€8,500-15,900
$10,300-19,200

Sold for HK$352,800

Contact Specialist

Hin Hin Wong

Associate Specialist, 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Hong Kong

+852 2318 2013

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Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia

+852 2318 2031

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Charlene Lau

Head of Jewels, Hong Kong

+852 2318 2039

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