In April 2008, FIFTY 24PDX Gallery presented "Behind The Black, Behind The White", an exhibition of new paintings and illustrations from Japanese artist Usugrow. Featuring a dramatic signature style in black & white, Usugrow creates his work from the foundations of organic contrast and dignified beauty. Since the early 1990s, he has been at work honing his craft for the Japanese Hardcore music scene, developing an easy reputation for meaningful, stunning artwork in support of the scene. Backed by strong community accolades, Usugrow soon branched out to the Hip-Hop and Metal scenes, as well as developed his own clothing line.
For his first exhibition in Portland, Usugrow brought together a selection of new works on paper and new paintings in his signature style. He also exhibited a selection of classic works in screenprinted form. White and Black – in other words, the light and dark sides of life; Usugrow explored the minimalist methodology of black ink on white paper, creating his own world of organic contrasts. His contemporary subject matter is infused with traditional attention to craftsmanship and detail, adding a spirituality and dynamic tension rarely associated with the genre.
fliers, images, and descriptions of exhibitions from 2006-present