(Japan 1958– )
71.0 x 61.0cm image; 91.0 x 75.0cm sheet
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.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 61, 67 (colour illus.). cat.no. 36
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.