成田 禅水 (ZENSUI NARITA)

1976年生まれ  名古屋市出身

ペインター/ グラフィックデザイナー/ アートディレクター/ DJ

10代の頃よりアートの道を志すも、自己のスタイルが見出せず音楽活動に没頭。
デザイン学校卒業、TV局制作美術に勤務後、カスタムペインター(商業デザイン塗装士)として活躍。
国内外にて起業、展開し、2011年より“アイデンティティーの現代式表現の追求”をテーマとしアート活動を再開。
同年、個展“SHABA”(名古屋)、(*東日本大震災の発生により、東京会場の予定は中止)

そして、2013年 NY ARTEXPO(ニューヨーク)に参加。自国の歴史や文化と深く向き合いながら、現代にあるべき
表現への模索・追求を軸に精力的に作品を制作。 ペイント作品やグラフィックデザイン、オブジェ制作などに加え
近年、映像や音楽など、作品の表現は多彩に溢れる。
特には、日本の伝統芸術“IREZUMI”をモチーフとした作品をオリジナルタッチとして多く展開。

現代社会からの屈折したイメージから逸脱させ、それらが持ち合わせる美観の中核を吸い出すような作品を
POPな色彩や、強いメッセージを織り交ぜて提議する。
さまざまな国や地域での表現活動の場を精力的に求め、現在も“かぶき”の道中である。


Born in Nagoya in 1976.

Painter / Graphic Designer / Art Director / DJ

Although Narita pursued a deep interest in art in his teens, he could not discover his own style and instead he immersed himself in music.
After graduating from design school he worked in the prop department at a TV station and specialized in customized painting as a commercial design paint mechanic.

An entrepreneur, domestically and internationally, he expanded his art activities under the theme “ the pursuit of modern style expression of one’s own identity” in 2011.
The same year he held a solo exhibition, “SHABA,” in Nagoya. (Originally the exhibition was to be held in Tokyo, but it was relocated due to the Great Hanshin Earthquake.)

In 2013, Narita participated in the NY ARTEXPO in New York. Reflecting on his own country’s history and culture, he enthusiastically produced works based on his seeking and pursuit of expressions that should exist in modernity.

In recent years, in addition to paint production, graphic designs and objets, his work has expanded into video and music.
In particular, in many of his works he incorporates “IREZUMI,” a traditional Japanese art form as an original touch to his designs.

Narita proposes to extract the core beauty it entails by having his works deviate from the perverse image of the modern society and then infuse them with things like pop-like hues or strong messages.
Narita enthusiastically pursues his activities of expressions in various countries and regions and he is currently immersed in “kabuki.”