Tymen Visser – The wonderful world of Tokyo transport

June 11th – June 26th, 2015

Dutch artist Tymen Visser presents The wonderful world of Tokyo transport – a collection of images of the mundane yet iconically Tokyo-like scenes of a daily commute. The bold designs and solid areas of pure colour breath life into what most consider a dull and dreaded experience. Visser conjures beauty and tells the untold story of each character, reminiscent of European style cartoon frames. What is so often described as “human in a sardine can” now becomes an open story book for interpretation and inspiration to understand and explore the colourful characters that co-exist with us in the city. It is a warm reminder that by opening our senses to our surroundings, a deep sense of humanity can prevail in a society where one can so easily dissolve into conformity and insignificance.

To compliment the TOKYO TRAIN series, Visser presents the FACE OF VAN GOGH – an iconification of the great Dutch artist in celebration of his 125th anniversary. Van Gogh, also highly influenced by Japan’s interpretation of beauty, was at the forefront of the Japonisme movement which impacted so many of the great European 1 artists of his time.

Despite generations gone by and a transformation of society through globalisation, a sense of clear purity is found and shared by Visser. It is an acknowledgement that despite the evolution of our times and society, the essence of beauty and art prevail.


オランダ出身のアーティスト、Tymen Visserが東京の交通手段の素晴らしい世界を表現。力強いデザイン、ピュアな色使い、西洋風のコミックを思い起こさせるスタイルで、平凡でありながらどこかアイコニックな東京の通勤/通学の風景を描き出し、毎日の退屈でうんざりするような景色に命を吹き込みます。それぞれのキャラクターの知られざるストーリーが「缶詰にされた人間」とよく比較された風景の中で生きた物語として蘇り、この街に共存するカラフルな人々の日常生活への想像と探求を可能にしました。Visserの作品は簡単に無意味なものや、習慣の服従に溶け込んでしまうこの社会の中で、周りのものに感性を研ぎ澄ませると、そんな社会に深い人間性が広がることを優しく思い出させてくれます。