Tsukuda, who has been colour blind from an early age, likes working in black and white because this is his visual world. Japan is known for high temperatures and humid weather in the summer, and for Tsukuda when that happens his eyesight changes, he sees images of extreme contrast. These kinds of strong images full of contrast are what we see in Tsukuda's work.
Tsukuda works from his memories. He often travels, and likes to go to places where the buildings are monumental and overwhelming. When he works in his studio he recaptures the images he has seen from his journeys. His work is dealing with contrast and a world of recollecting memories. They are compositions made of light and shadows. For the viewer it can sometimes be as if we look at an image at night, but for Tsukuda it is his recollection of natural light.
Hiroki Tsukuda is a graduate from the Department of Imaging Arts and Science at Musashino Art University in Japan. He has shown in galleries and museums in Japan and abroad. His work is purchased by important collections like the Thyssen-Bornemisza contemporary art foundation o.a.
In Hiroki Tsukuda's own words:
"It is unknown if I have created a fancy world based on the scenery which I have seen unconsciously, or if this world has appeared suddenly in front of me based on imagination. But I like to express those fragments of scenery in my head to recollect the memory."
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