The three artists we focus on are from a lineage of artists and protégés – Rey Kamoy(1928-1985) studied painting under Saburo Miyamoto(1905-1974), whom in turn had studied under Sotaro Yasui(1888-1955).
The noticeable influence of Yasui’s style in Miyamoto’s early works is evidence of the young artist’s aspirations, as well as immense respect towards his mentor.
His style eventually developed in his later years, demonstrating a vivid, glamorous worldview.
Miyamoto and Kamoy were both from the west-coast province of Ishikawa, and Kamoy was one of Miyamoto’s pupils from the first class of the Kanazawa College of Art.
As opposed to Miyamoto’s colourful and flamboyant depictions, Kamoy created works which were drastic as they were expressively compelling. Kamoy went on to win the Yasui Award, which had been created in honour of Yasui’s -his teacher’s teacher’s- legacy.
We invite you to explore the journeys of these three artists as they learned from their esteemed teachers and continued to develop each of their own unique expressions.