Teiji Hayama: Biography
Teiji Hayama's work joins together western and Japanese influences, combining different art historical periods varying from Christian art, Greek mythology, subculture to Japanese culture.
Hayama communicates the innoncence of children by portraying nude girls, his work shows the transition from childhood to adolescence, a physical and mental transitional stage involving social and psychological changes. The work speak of a subtle supernaturalism, materializing in the form of elongated, milk-skinned nymphs who haunt the viewer with their glassy, ambiguous gazes.
The good, bad and sinful we are, are in some ways their relfections, we are their fantasies, of who they want to be, and how they want us to perceive them… but in the end, the truth is, it is not their choices, it is ours.
Hayama’s depicted young girls occupy a world with questions, doubts and caution, aiming to create a dialogue with the viewer’s deep inner thoughts.
Wether the girls are conjured in paintings or in delicate dolls, their confrontational and sexual yet vulnerable demeanors recall portraits of both illuminated Saints and mythological characters, infusing the work with a potent blend of spiritual nuance.