• A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography... A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography... A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography... A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography... A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography... A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography...

    A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography inspired by traditional ink-painting. The show will also feature individual prints and a limited second edition publication of the photo book ADORE from his 1985 photoshoot with Madonna, published by Nick Groarke, NJG Studio Ldt. in London.


    Juxtaposed to works emphasizing traditional styles and architecture are Wakasugi’s images of Madonna, demonstrating a vivid sense of modernity and nostalgia for the late 20th century. Taken during a 45-minute photoshoot, Wakasugi captures the then 27-year old Madonna promoting her album Like A Virgin wearing clothes by Jean Paul Gaultier as well as numerous crucifixes and rosaries. Transcending typical fashion photography, Wakasugi’s portraiture focuses on Madonna’s facial expressions and gestures to reveal the superstar’s stunning sensuality.

    Wakasugi uses an array of modern and traditional techniques to further alter his photography, such as digital manipulation and the application of gold leaf and his ink-wash painting or calligraphy. Emphasizing his range of styles and influences, Wakasugi mounts his paintings using Western-style framing and hanging scrolls or fusuma sliding doors.

    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_1 , 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_1 , 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_2, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_2, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_3, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_3, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_4, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_4, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_5, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_5, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_6, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_6, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_7 , 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_7 , 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_8, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_8, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_9, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_9, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_10 , 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_10 , 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_11, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_11, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_12, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_12, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_13, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_13, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_14, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_14, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_15, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_15, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_16, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_16, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_17, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_17, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_18, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_18, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_19, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_19, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_20, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_20, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_21 , 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_21 , 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_22, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_22, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_23, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_23, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Madonna_24, 2021 Photography
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Madonna_24, 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Material (Japan), 2021 Photography (washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Material (Japan), 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Moon over the Mountains (Japan and China) , 2021 Photography (Washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Moon over the Mountains (Japan and China) , 2021
      Photography (Washi mounted)
    • Kenji Wakasugi Peony (Japan) , 2021 Photography (washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Peony (Japan) , 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Black Flame I (Japan), 2021 Photography (washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Black Flame I (Japan), 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Sanctuary (Japan), 2021 Photography (washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Sanctuary (Japan), 2021
      Photography (washi mounted)
    • Kenji Wakasugi Eclipse (Japan), 2021 Photography (washi mounted)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Eclipse (Japan), 2021
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    • Kenji Wakasugi Black Fall (Japan and Hawaii), 2016 Photography (Dibond)
      Kenji Wakasugi
      Black Fall (Japan and Hawaii), 2016
      Photography (Dibond)