TWOONE’s real name is Hiroyasu Tsuri. He grew up in Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo. The artistic expression always came as a natural and instinctive thing for the young Hiroyasu. Drawing and crafting have been major part of his life for about as long as he can remember. As a teenager, Hiroyasu was introduced to the contemporary painting through subcultures of skateboarding and urban art, both of whom heavily influenced his visual vocabulary. He began experimenting with graffiti and various other artistic styles in the streets of his hometown first and later in Melbourne where he moved at the age of 18. Over the years, he became a reference in the local street-art scene and far abroad. His reputation led him to paint murals indoors and outdoors all over the world.
Parallel with his street art explorations, Hiroyasu continued to expand his formal knowledge and practice as well, leading him to a 2004 degree of Visual Art New Media.
As a regular sketcher and versatile illustrator, Hiroyasu is equally at ease in the studio and has exhibited his art in galleries worldwide.
TWOONE is a hungry animal, his work is bold and dynamic. His lines are fluid and he embraces spontaneity. He uses materials that are representative of our modern times like plexi-glas and fluorescent paint colours. Often he takes photos of daily life scenes or simply sits and observes people on public areas, in an attempt to grasp the stranger’s personality and impression to turn into a quick sketch. He later expands on these sketches with watercolor, markers, white-out, paint, and layers of paper. Hiroyasu says his work isn’t particularly rooted in any one culture – it’s neither Eastern or Western, but spacial.
Nowadays, Hiroyasu is working from Berlin. He continues to work in the fields of street art, but has also expanded his efforts to the other mediums of art like painting, sculptures and performances as well as sound art. This turns him into an outstanding rounded artist with specific personality and great potential. Definitely an artist to look out for leading contemporary innovative art in the coming decades.
The exhibition 'Artist in Residency - Antwerp' showcases the extra-ordinary journey of a talented contemporary artist combining Asian roots with Western experiences by transforming rough and colourful Street Art into refined Studio & Gallery compositions.
For his first appearance in Belgium he has chosen Antwerp to demonstrate his incredible set of skills and his great potential. TWOONE will reside 3 weeks in Antwerp over the March-April 2018 period and showcasing real life his painting skills during the weekend days at the BOAB Art Gallery (Kloosterstraat 152). Don’t miss this opportunity to watch a recognised and valued artist at work. And who knows you might become the lucky owner of TWOONE’s most recent work with an Antwerp twist.