*By Devon Tincknell
When I was at Art University, I used to sketch the human body everyday as an assignment. As a result, I started to paint human bodies as a personal work and not as an assignment study anymore. The characters I painted at that time were striking strange poses and had their eyes wide open. 1998 is 14 years ago now, so to tell you the truth, I can’t remember why I painted such an iconography. I think that I was influenced a lot by the work of my university teachers, and by public contest exhibitions, a system that is very specific to the Japanese art field. At that time, rather than art, my feeling was that I was making illustrations.
From there, it has then changed and developed to become the style it is now. I think it will change again in the future. The motif of the subjects striking strange poses with their eyes wide open has not changed. But the way I paint has. At the beginning my paintings were flat and simplified, but gradually my techniques changed for a more realistic depiction. From painting from my imagination, it changed to painting with photographs and a different meaning appeared as well as a different image. The medium of oil painting has this particularity that the more realistic and close to the actual model the portraits are, the more they start looking contrived. Therefore, by painting in a realistic way (like a reproduction) looking at photographs, as a result, the image starts looking fake, empty, and the human being depicted deprived of heart. Presently, except for living subjects, I also paint still life and landscapes. They all have this common point that their key words are “emptiness”, “fakeness”, non-sense”.
Since the birth of my daughters, raising them keeps me busy, and I have almost no free time. But I am always looking forward to taking them somewhere on vacation. At night, after finishing painting and having put my daughters to sleep, I like to have a few drinks by myself and relax doing nothing special. My dream is to raise my daughters for them to become healthy adults in body and heart.