Phil Akashi

Phil Akashi ( b.1978 in Brussels ) carved out a unique visual language using the aesthetics of Asian philosophies  with a cross-cultural and conceptual approach. His art practice involves experimenting with a wide range of materials and media often combining traditional crafts and systematic repetitions to fusion East and West and place the past in the service of the present. 


He activates the Chinese character of Double Happiness (囍) as the symbol and metaphor of conjugal bliss to succinctly question the double meanings inherent in the realities associated with matrimony. 

 

Phil Akashi invented a cross-cultural language, melting the Eastern and Western cultures, elaborating an aesthetic vocabulary mixing the past and the present, in order to express his optimistic contemporary vision of an ancestral institution. 


Combining tradition and challenge by adding golden leaves and thin layers of acrylic using a bamboo stick, the artist closes and opens at the same time this trilogy in a spiritual way: in the Wisdom of Happiness.  

Through the repetitive gestures found in his artistic creations, Phil Akashi strives to rephrase the Asian literati tradition of text and image. 


Phil Akashi has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He recently exhibited at the Arsenale in Venice, the Power Station of Art (PSA) and the Opera House in Shanghai, and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) alongside Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and Fung Ming Chip. His artworks are in public and corporate collections worldwide and have been featured at international publications such as the Guggenheim, MoMA, Artribune, Fine Art International, RollingStone, Juxtapoz and Blouin Artinfo.  


His most famous and well-received work to date is arguably "Tribute to Mandela", a monumental street art mural which was awarded as a major international public art project in 2013 by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and was shortlisted for the Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize in 2015. 

 

Phil Akashi’s exhibition at the Rarity Gallery works around harmony and breaks, to find a kind of wisdom, which would unite epochs pictorially and symbolically. 

 

AWARDS 
 
2018   Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York, UK, Longlisted
2017   Arte Laguna Prize (MOCA Italia), Venice Arsenale, Italy, Winner Special Prize Open
           Open20, Hotel Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice, Italy, Selected artist to represent Belgium        
2016   Fashion Art EU, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain, Selected artist to represent Belgium
           Art Expo Malaysia, MECC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Selected artist to represent Belgium
2015   Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize, Hong Kong, China, Shortlisted
           Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, China, Excellence Award Winner
           Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency, Shanghai, China
2014   Fashion Art EU Exhibition, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, Selected artist to represent Belgium
2013   Palo Alto Public Art Commission, California, USA, Major International Public Art Project 
           Blouin Artinfo, Seoul, Korea, Must-See New Public Art Across the Globe

"Wisdom of Happiness”

Ink, gold leaves and acrylic canvas with Chinese characters

205w x 160h cm

"Wisdom of Happiness”

Ink, gold leaves and acrylic canvas with Chinese characters

205w x 160h cm