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Tokyo solo exhibition "Blue Ocean" September 2022
Tokyo solo exhibition "Blue Ocean" September 2022

Sat, Sep 10



Tokyo solo exhibition "Blue Ocean" September 2022

This will be Yamashita's first solo exhibition in Tokyo in about two years. The title of the exhibition, "Blue Ocean," contains the meaning of an unexplored field. Please enjoy Yamashita's current state, as he challenges new areas of expression through collaborative works, centered on the theme of dynamism. In addition to his original works, collaborative works with the manga "Kingdom" will be exhibited and sold.

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Sep 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – Sep 18, 2022, 7:00 PM

SPEAK FOR SPACE, Japan, 〒150-0033, Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Sarugaku-cho 28-2 B2F


Exhibition Title

Ryohei Yamashita Blue Ocean


September 10th (Sat) - September 18th (Sun) 2022


SPEAK FOR SPACE (SPEAK FOR Building B2F, 28-2 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Opening hours

11:00-19:00 (last day only) - 18:00 Open throughout the event


Exhibition and sale of paintings, merchandise

Scheduled time of artist presence

I plan to be in the gallery as much as possible after 2pm during the period.

Omnichannel sales of works

In consideration of customers who cannot come from far away, the same content as the exhibition at the Daikanyama venue will be available on a limited online shop prior to the solo exhibition. This will be an omni-channel exhibition.

Sales will begin at 12:00 on Monday, September 5th.

The URL is here →

Highlights of the exhibition (from the press release)

There are expressions of people that are more inspiring than still portraits. Ryohei Yamashita has consistently sought to find the height of beauty in the moment of human "movement," pioneering a unique genre as an artist. Every bodily movement, like cutting through the wind and dancing in the water, is captured on canvas with bold compositions and brushstrokes that make full use of his own body. He also seeks themes from the various moments that unfold from dynamic beauty, such as transposing the imagination of athletes into landscapes and choosing the sentiments of the four seasons as his subject matter, and continues to evolve.

His fresh sense of theater has captured the hearts of many people, and his philosophy of looking at humanity has gained widespread sympathy from athletes. In 2020, he was in charge of the stained glass art at Gaienmae Station as part of a public art installation project accompanying the renewal of Tokyo Metro's Ginza Line stations. He also worked on the interior murals at Nike Japan's headquarters, and this year he attracted attention for his work on the art set artwork for the music video of Hey! Say! JUMP's 32nd single, "Shungencho."

This is Yamashita's first solo exhibition in Tokyo in two years. Since setting up his studio near the sea in 2019, he says he has increasingly incorporated the ocean into his motifs. This exhibition will focus on works depicting encounters with the ocean, its existence, and the dynamics and expressions of water. Under the title "Blue Ocean," which also means "unexplored territory," this will be an opportunity to enjoy his current form as he continues to challenge himself in new areas of expression.

Approximately 20 original drawings, large and small, will be exhibited and sold, mainly new works made with acrylic paint. Also on display will be a collaborative series that depicts the world of the manga "Kingdom" in Yamashita's own style, which was commissioned directly by manga artist Hara Yasuhisa. In addition, the exhibition's catalog art book, new T-shirts, and recent giclee posters will be available for sale.

Ryohei Yamashita Painter and Illustrator

Born in Fukuoka. Graduated from Kyushu Institute of Design. After working on street art in Fukuoka, he moved to Kanagawa Prefecture in 2002 and began creating art in earnest. Recent major works include public art for the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toyota Motor Corporation calendar, Mizuho Financial Group advertising visuals, art cooperation for the movie "Rurou no Tsuki," and Hey! Say! JUMP's "Shungencho" music video art set artwork. In 2015, he won the "Eplus Award" at the art fair "UNKNOWN ASIA."

*Please cooperate with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

*The details of the event may change or be postponed depending on the latest situation.

Planning and Inquiries

Sublime Limited Partnership GALLERY SPEAK FOR div. Contact: Yoshida T.050-3555-6703

Daikayama “SPEAK FOR SPACE” is pleased to hold “Blue Ocean”, an art exhibition featuring Ryohei Yamashita.

• Exhibition Title

Ryohei Yamashita Blue Ocean


September 10 (Sat.) ~ September 18 (Sun.) 11:00-19:00

(On the last day, the exhibition will be held until 18:00 only)



28-2 Sarugakucho, SPEAK FOR Bldg. B2F

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo PC 150-0033


•Omni Channel Artwork Sale

As a consideration to those who cannot visit the exhibition due to the distance, we are planning to make an online shop available for a limited time, which will display the same content as the “HOPE” exhibition. The URL is


The featured artists are scheduled to be present at the gallery from 14:00~18:00 on September 10,11,16,17 and 18.


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