Masami Teraoka's Renaissance Remasterings
Masami Teraoka puts Renaissance painting and Japanese influence into violent contact with contemporary political issues in these expansive, turbulent compositions. In his career he has painted about issues from gay marriage, TV talk shows, priest's confessions, censorship, invasion of privacy, gender, sexual preference, religious discrimination, the impeachment trial, Viagra and AIDS to air and toxic shock syndrome. His work encompasses a massive variety of subject matter and political thrust. Teraoka uses the style and figures of Renaissance paintings as receptacles through which to evoke these messages, creating stunning and intensely provocative commentaries on the issues that continue to affect our communities.