Hamiltons Gallery presents Tomio Seike: Eighty, which celebrates the artists’ 80th birthday and his long standing relationship with the gallery. The exhibition features a selection of unique, platinum palladium prints and vintage, toned gelatin silver prints.
Hamiltons first exhibited Seike in 1989 showcasing his first series of nudes. Following the exhibition he extended the series to further experiment with size and abstraction, thus creating the otherworldliness quality that became so predominant in his practice. When photographing nudes Seike preferred to use ordinary people, “as you see them everyday” to models and well known people. It is the notion of the everyday that extends to photographs of Paris and Waterscapes where, using only natural light to capture, he captures the quiet moments in life that most people fail to notice.
By playing with perspective, the artist imbues simple scenes with a timeless beauty. Through the play of light against fog in his waterscapes or the atmospheric conditions of a Parisian street persists the ethereal quality so indicative of his work.
With painstaking attention to detail, Seike handprints all his work in Japan giving them a textural quality that enhances the intimacy of the scenes he captures. Ever the perfectionist, Seike typically only creates four or five images a year.
Seike has been widely exhibited throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S.A and is held in esteemed collections such as Tate Modern, London and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.
Tomio Seike : Eighty
26 January – 11 March 2023
13 Carlos Place
London, Lnd W1K 2EU · United Kingdom