Jun Inoue was raised in regional Kanagawa, Japan, where he studied Shodō (traditional Japanese calligraphy). His grandfather, a Zen Monk, became a major influence on his philosophy and aesthetic vision. Upon moving to Tokyo, the energy of the city’s underground – jungle, hip-hop and most importantly, graffiti – played a major role in further shaping his aesthetic development.
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At the time, Tokyo graffiti had become focused on distinctive sweeping movements and minimalistic abstract shapes, a stylistic direction inspired by visionary Tokyo artists Kami and Sasu. It was in this scene that Jun found the platform for his unique vision. Stripping both Graffiti and Shodō back to a single common element, Jun’s artwork combines powerful and energetic movement with contemplative, Zen-line elegance.
The Buddhist term “KUH” means to understand nothingness. This concept is keenly expressed through the interplay between negative and positive space in much of Jun’s artwork. KUH is also the title for Jun Inoue’s upcoming exhibition at Backwoods Gallery, where he will be presenting a collection of new paintings on paper and canvas.
During the opening night the gallery will become the stage for a live paint performance, as Jun completes the final piece of the show in front of our guests.KUH by Jun Inoue opens on Friday the 15th of November. 6 – 10pm, with the live performance at 7pm. The exhibition is on display until Sunday 24th of November.