Kokin (Tetsuyuki Kokin)
An Exhibition of Pictures and Letters
March 27, 2015 - April 04, 2015
Kokin has been producing typeface designs of Kanji, English letters and Hangul characters for over 20 years, and his logo designs are familiar in corporate advertising.
He looks up to painter Toshimitsu Imai as a mentor and produces paintings tinged with a characteristic Japanese view of nature.
Within simple spatial compositions, Kokin places lettering in a way that is reminiscent of the Rinpa school. It is undeniable that Kokin is an artist whose work will garner praise in both Japan and beyond.
Ginza Ippodo Gallery introduces his tranquil world in this exhibition.
Kokin was born in Shimane Prefecture in 1963. He has been interested in paintings and lettering since childhood. From 1992, he became actively involved in designing logos.
In 1994, he met Toshimitsu Imai and began to paint; he held his first solo exhibition in Paris. In the years following, he participated in several solo and group exhibitions within Japan and elsewhere in the world.
In 2004, Kokin created a wall painting for "Chateaux Restaurant JOEL ROBUCHON" in the Ebisu neighborhood of Tokyo. He has also worked on paintings at many other hotel restaurants.
Over 20 years, he's developed his namesake "kokin" font, in addition to producing logo designs for major name brand companies.