"I want to cross the border between the history of analog painting and the latest digital technology."
Masayuki Yabe started his career as a photographer in the 1980s. Now, he is trying to fully utilize his skill in photography and video, which he has cultivated through about 30 years of experience, in the world of painting.
The source of his inspiration is the painters in the tide of 19th century impressionism to neo-impressionism. "I'm so excited that I can't even sleep at night. What can we see when we approach the beauty and charm, that Impressionist painters wanted to draw, by utilizing the knowledge gained from the photographic optical technology of the 20th and 21st centuries?”
On the other hand, as a person born and raised in Japan, the country which has a tradition of ink painting, he also values simple analog expressions. "Draw by hand. This basic element of painting has an irresistible appeal that appeals to our primitive instincts. I want to always put this at the root of my creation."
Award of the Association of Modern Tanka Poets, 2004