The masterpiece collection
In his Masterpiece, One Side Wing, Nobuyuki Shimamura has fanned a waft of magic into his super-realistic work. Time and place have now completely disappeared and what remains is a spellbinding scene of a one-winged woman, draped with transparent gauze, floating in the air. A close look at the free-flowing hair and dress cannot determine whether the painter has captured a split second of her falling or a long moment of her floating. Clues point to different directions, and neither seem the case, which adds to the mystery of the scene.
The aim of this work is to express that life is uncertain and to remind viewers that we never know what life has in store for us. After losing a muse to a tragic accident, Nobuyuki began reflecting back on the fragility and unexpectedness of life and his Masterpiece is a product of that retrospection. This piece also serves as a memento mori and features three skeletons hiding in plain sight. Painting the figure with one wing, rather than two, shows the imbalance that life can bring. In contrast, however, Nobuyuki included a single feather–a symbol of hope–to also remind people to always see the positive sides of life, a philosophy that he would like to pass on to his daughter.