Since the days Hitori began to wander across the desert after his sojourn across the jungles of Zaire, Kenya to Cameroon, he has observed the strangest of phenomenon occurring in the shifting sands. That journey inflamed within him an acute awareness of nature — its existence and formation, as he breathlessly feasts upon the changes taking shape with each blow of the wind.
For the last decade, Hitori has been quietly creating prototypes of sculptures that explores subjects that he is interested in — physics, matter, mathematics, space and time. Born in Tokyo and having spent more than half of his life here in Malaysia, Hitori studied art in Paris (1968) then travelled so he could discover the larger meaning of art and its differing facets cutting across each continent. Amongst his strangest experience is to live amongst the Pygmies so he could understand ‘Primitivism’ both in real life and the art they create. He chiefly concerns himself with creating what most people tend to overlook, the beauty of form and space within its vanishing lines. That bites infectiously into his art. The viewer is hereby encouraged to turn on their extra sensory perception to discover the metaphor which engages these physical monuments beyond the limited horizon of our eyesight. That will give these sculptures the therapeutic balance needed for it to become a visual experience.
Nakayama Hitori is an established Japanese conceptual artist and sculptor extraordinaire. In 1976, he was invited by the government of the People’s Republic of China to visit Peking and Shanghai. In 1982, he wrote an art book titled ‘Katachiwa’ which garnered him fame and invitations to exhibit his works worldwide. His noted public art commissions include the 26-metre high ‘A Celebration of Our Blue Sky’ Penang (2008) and the 30-metre high ‘Parallel Rainbow Towers’, Saipan Island, Mariana Islands, Micronesia (1989-90). He was once a visiting artist and Associate Researcher with University Sains Malaysia Penang. Hitori has had his works previously shown in Singapore, New Delhi, Chiangmai, Bangkok, London New York, Paris, Jakarta, Yogjakarta, Surakarta, California, Hawaii, Kassel, Mexico, Amsterdam, Venice, Dominica, Pusan, Tokyo, Paris, Laos, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Niger.