Kenji Nakayama is a contemporary artist originally from Hokkaido, Japan. He moved to the United States in 2004 and is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Nakayama is best known for his intricate, hand-painted signs and murals, as well as for his various mixed media artworks. His work often combines traditional Japanese techniques with elements of American sign painting and urban culture. Nakayama's artistic style is characterized by its precise, meticulous craftsmanship, vibrant colors, and diverse range of influences. Some of his most well-known projects include his "Signs for the Homeless" series, in which he creates hand-painted signs for homeless individuals in exchange for their old, worn-out signs. This project has been widely praised for raising awareness about homelessness and the importance of human connection. In addition to his sign painting, Nakayama has worked in mediums such as stencil art, collage, and glasswork. His artworks have been exhibited in galleries and public spaces throughout the United States and internationally.
Kenji Nakayama Etudes 31 Archival Print by Kenji Nakayama
Purchase Etudes 31 Limited Edition Archival Pigment Prints on 310gsm Fine Art Paper by Kenji Nakayama Graffiti Street Artist Modern Pop Art. "This body of work is called “Etudes” because it was a new challenging exercise for me—not unlike what musicians and composers do with etude works. I had a specific set of rules to work within, but I never knew how the series would develop. It organically evolved over time. This original piece and many others will be for sale at my upcoming exhibition opening April 18th at the Fourth Wall Project in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the forty-nine experimental paintings that I created over the past several months. The series began with several rosettes created in the summer and fall of 2013, which might remind viewers of stained glass, mandalas, and hubcaps. The series transitions organically from circular-based works to more calligraphic compositions that meander from central points. The later works in the series take inspiration from Edo-era signage, which is defined by thick and heavy brushstrokes with round edges.