Keisuke Okada, The Distance between the Sound and Color of the Earth

aaploit is delighted to present ‘The Distance between the Sound and Color of the Earth,’ a solo exhibition by Keisuke Okada running from January 13th (Sat) to January 28th (Sun), 2024. Okada, an alum of Tokyo University of the Arts with a specialization in oil painting, currently pursues further studies at the institution’s Graduate School of Fine Arts.

Okada’s artistic process involves collecting stones from forests, mountains, or roads that capture his attention, grinding them to create pigments. Occasionally, he discovers a transparent, glass-like substance within these stones. Okada envisions these stones potentially containing dinosaur bones or fossilized shells, painting with the notion that the pigments used might be remnants of ancient creatures.

Embarking on journeys through mountains in search of materials, exploring the university’s sculpture department’s scrap yard, and conducting research into the geological age of stone collection sites, Okada discovered a diverse array of creatures. He engages museum curators, posing questions and delving into research to identify these creatures and understand the unique properties of the minerals. Okada’s exploration extends to the use of unconventional materials in his artworks.

Evolution and Extinction, Copyright Keisuke Okada

Evolution and Extinction comprises two interconnected large canvases (1,940 x 1,303 mm), portraying organisms that might have thrived during the geological era of the stones discovered. While the fish-like figures dominate the horizontal canvas, a diverse array of creatures fills the entire screen. The fish’s prominent fins exhibit a pearly sheen or opalescent gradation, drawing immediate attention. Observing the entirety of the artwork, certain mineral formations seem to whisper their ancient tales. This painting not only transports you through its motifs but also by the texture of the rocks utilized – a texture shaped over countless years, echoing a distant past.

Okada shared the following about his creation for the exhibition:

The sound I envision resonates as the vibration of the Earth’s magnetic field. I perceive this vibration transforming into colors, taking shape, and evolving uniquely, never repeating the same pattern. I translated these profound sensations into my artworks, crafting my pieces to encapsulate these ethereal emotions within the realm of paintings.

This exhibition showcases Okada’s latest creations. Don’t miss this chance to experience his new works firsthand. We invite you to visit and immerse yourself in this captivating showcase.

Exhibition Overview

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, January 13, 2024 – Sunday, January 28, 2024 Opening Hours:

  • Fridays: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Sundays: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Venue: Contemporary Art aaploit Address: 2-19-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Admission: Free

Artist Biography

Keisuke OKADA

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2023 and enrolled in its graduate school.

Born in 1999
2023 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Painting, Oil Painting
2023 Enrolled in Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School, Division of Fine Arts, Painting

Exhibition History (Group Exhibition):

2019 “art.0 -The Birth of Art and the City-” (Otemachi Art Laboratories)
2021 “ART POINT Selection V” (Gallery Art Point)
2022 “Ukraine Emergency Fundraising Exhibition” (Gallery Q)

Exhibition History (Solo Exhibitions):

2021 “Sora naka mizu naka ie naka” (Soyoya Edohata)


2020 Charm Care Corporation


2019 Participated in the “Ueno Toilet Museum” project by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo University of the Arts

2020 Guest participant in “Padmaafuwasu” (Participation in live painting)