Born in Tokyo in 1968, Jiro Osuga grew up in Japan and the U.K. Osuga studied Fine Art at both Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Osuga's first solo exhibition was in 1997 at Gallery M in London. Osuga has since exhibited his work extensively with Flowers Gallery, who represent his work. His art is held in numerous public collections, including those of Deutsche Bank, the Museum of London and Guildhall Art Gallery. Osuga's self-portrait, Crowd (2013) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2013.
From museums to manholes, Osuga's art captures all aspects of contemporary life with his signature humorous and whimsical style. Osuga draws inspiration from the Ukiyo-e artists, the work of itinerant monk Mokujiki, Korean ceramics, Persian and Indian miniatures and Aztec codices. On self-portraiture in his work, Osuga has said: 'My work is always unashamedly subjective, and self-portraits, thinly disguised or otherwise, often pop up in the paintings. I am not averse to humour in my work - so a painting of an airport might be peopled by anachronistic historical characters, and everyone depicted in a south London street might have my face, including the squirrel!'
With Osuga's signature whimsy, Crowd features multiple Osugas coming together to form a crowd of split selves, each one going in a different direction and capturing a slightly different emotion.