Often mistaken for photographs, Mukai’s new works are painstakingly created using only sandpaper to remove layers of paint to gradually reveal the white of the original surface, a technique developed and perfected through experimentation and trial & error. Inspired by primitive photos from the advent of photography, Dennis’ realistic yet distressed images trigger the emotions of recollection.
Renowned art critic, Peter Frank, expresses, “Mukai’s pictures manifest a reality that exists within our minds, a reflection, not on what we see or know, but how we see and know it”
Dennis Mukai was born in Hiroshima, Japan. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.