Matsumura now lives in Gunma Prefecture. He was born in Osaka and was educated at Tama Art University where he completed Graduate School.
The focus of Matsumura's work is the alienating urban environment. In his uninhabited landscapes the disparate elements of concrete, steel and other unnatural materials create mysterious ambiguous spaces. The absurdity of his spatial constructions in which recognisable forms and spaces co-exist in an ingenious linkage of different spatial realities is reminiscent of the extraordinary world found in the work of M. C. Escher ( 1898-1972), These environments are empty and confrontational; permeated by a mood of destruction and damage. Matsumura believes that new forms and spaces are being created by modern society and he tries to articulate these as well as what he perceives as the ambiguity of the urban city: the apparent limitlessness of opportunity against the unforeseen and illogical.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 61.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
71.0 x 61.0 cm image; 91.0 x 75.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "S. Matsumura". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 61, 67 (colour illus.). cat.no. 36