This monograph consists of more than 130 preparatory drawings Naofumi Maruyama created in preparation for a portrait of a woman named 'Ms. Suzuki' commissioned by the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007. In the accompanying essay, Minoru Shimizu, art critic, states 'Naofumi Maruyama is the sort of person from whom things often seem to slide right by. He knows what he wants to do, but things keep diverting him - things like critical acclaim, opportunities for exhibitions, as well as his own wandering thoughts and intentions. At the same time, however, he can also be called obstinate because he never loses sight of his true goal. Conscious that he is not being fully true to himself he instinctively tries to swim against the tide, so tha his works often seem to oscillate or misfire in the space that exists between "this is what I have to paint" and "things I want to paint"'. Includes artist's biography.
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