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Moving Stills

Natsumi Chikayasu interprets Modern Screen Classics

The Signal House Edition is delighted to present the first online, single-artist exhibition of the work of Japanese artist Natsumi Chikayasu, arranged by Henry Martin.

Spanning international arthouse cinema; South Korean and French auteurs; and LGBTQ characters, from Call Me By Your Name's Oliver to Pose's Blanca; Moving Stills: Natsumi Chikayasu interprets Modern Screen Classics highlights the range of Chikayasu's aesthetics, from disco-infused colour-wheel pop (Suspiria) to restrained, gentle, sun-kissed symbolism (Tomboy).

This exhibition also represents The Signal House Edition's dedication to representing and supporting young talent, as well as giving visibility to queer narratives, and diverse communities. Over the past fifteen months Signal House has included the work of artists working across media and disciplines, and these works (including essays and interviews) can be viewed on the Past Issues page. Artists who would like to work with the Signal House can learn how to do so, here.

We hope Moving Stills transports you back to your favourite films, adds some colour to your day, and offers a moment of quiet to enjoy Chikayasu's tactile, pulsing, evocative work.

To coincide with this event, a limited edition, signed, giclée print of Portrait of a Lady on Fire is available for purchase at the Signal House Shop.

—Henry Martin


Note: To experience this exhibition at its best, view on your desktop, click any image image to activate horizontal scroll, then click the full screen icon (top left) and use arrow keys to move between artworks.


Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Natsumi Chikayasu

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2021

Pose, Natsumi Chikayasu

Pose, 2021

I Am Love, Nastumi Chikayasu

I am Love, 2019

Tomboy, Natsumi Chikayasu

Tomboy, 2020

Suspiria, Natsumi Chikayasu

Suspiria, 2018

An Elephant Sitting Still, Natsumi Chikayasu

An Elephant Sitting Still, 2020

Train to Busan, Natsumi Chikayasu

Train to Busan, 2021

Call Me By Your Name, Natsumi Chikayasu

Call Me by Your Name, 2018

Columbus, Natsumi Chikayasu

Columbus, 2021

Climax, Natsumi Chikayasu

Climax, 2019

Barking Dogs Never Bite, Natsumi Chikayasu

Barking Dogs Never Bite, 2021

Atlantique, Natsumi Chikayasu

Atlantics, 2020

All artworks (dimensions variable) are copyright of Natsumi Chikayasu

and reproduced with permission from the artist.


NATSUMI CHIKAYASU is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. Natsumi studied illustration at Falmouth University (2019), and she has been longlisted and shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards (2019, 2020). Her art has been published with VICE, The Guardian (US), Creative Boom, WIRED (UK), Aeon, Popshot Quarterly, and New York Times. Her works are inspired by arts, feminism, sciences, localities and their intersections. Natsumi's limited edition print of Portrait of a Lady on Fire is available exclusively on the SIGNAL HOUSE SHOP, and you can learn more about her work on her WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM.

HENRY MARTIN's books include Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon, and Yappo. Henry is a 2022 Fulbright scholar at the Smithsonian Institution where he will research American women art dealers. He has published over 100 interviews with artists including René Burri (for Phaidon), Adrian Piper, and Liliane Lijn. Forthcoming projects include Feel (Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin), The Biographer's Toolkit (Red Line Book Festival, Dublin), and publication in Home Journals (Taylor & Francis). He is currently working on a project about American singer-songwriter Judee Sill, and is found digitally at WEBSITE and INSTAGRAM. He teaches at CityLit, and NCAD.


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