Jun Someya, born 1976 in Kanagawa. After working for several years in an office, he decided to quit his position and to become a professional artist.
"I have been working on the contrast between red and greyscale for a couple years already. In life, many things lay on top of each other, submerging or filtering the lower planes in a very complex fashion. In my paintings as well, the first colorful layers soon disappear under the newer ones, but by sanding them down, I obtain a complex background that will later impact my greys. It is at the same time complex and minimal, and by inserting red hues in the composition, I can achieve a certain harmony.
The world I depict comes from my imagination: I like to express the simple feelings of ordinary people. I usually hide one of the eyes of my characters : this make them less human in a sense, but at the same time it brings a set of emotions to the fore : nostalgia, gentleness, sorrow… Complexity leads to artificial beauty; beautiful things are always the simplest."