Atsushi Kaga studied at the Tama Art Institute in Tokyo and at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin until 2005. Kaga’s colourful, comic-like paintings are populated with droll characters, led by Usacchi, the artist’s alter ego. Usacchi is a lovable but mischievous rabbit, his friend Kumacchi is a drug-addicted bear who was injured in a car accident. Thus, at second glance, the viewer discovers the very human personalities of Kaga’s characters, and that his paintings are not idyllic but convey a serious message. Atsushi Kaga is one of the artists sponsored by the Montblanc Young Artist World Patronage. This project gives young and emerging artists the opportunity to present their work to a broad and international audience and the art scene, using more than 400 Montblanc Boutiques worldwide as art galleries, all of which exhibit a particular work of art simultaneously for a few weeks.
The 2019 painting After Whistler, September, Kyoto achieved ten times its estimate at HKD 400,000, or the equivalent of about US$50,000, at the 20th and 21st Century Art Afternoon Session at Christies in Hong Kong on May 25, 2021. On October 10, 2021, Atsushi Kaga 加賀温 | I think it was a nightmare. 我認為是一場噩夢 sold in the Contemporary Art Day Sale at Sothebys in Hong Kong for HKD 1,764,000, equivalent to about USD 226,000.
Solo Exhibitions Atsushi Kaga:
2021 Atsushi Kaga: “It always comes: a solace in the cat.”
September 10 – October 9, 2021, Maho Kubota Gallery, Tokyo Japan.
2019 GALERIE FRANK FLUEGEL „Usacchi and Friends“
2018 “The Search For Languorous Magic” MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY,Tokyo
2015 “I am here with you” Jack Hanley Gallery, New York
2013 “happily skipping backwards(2013-1978)” motherʼs tankstation, Dublin
2010 “Rest with us in peace” mother’s tankstation, Dublin.
“Project Room” Artists Residency Programme, Irish Museum of Modern Art,
2009 “Why can we keep going forward? Because we forget the problem of yesterday”
Galeria LEME, São Paulo, Brazil
2008 “I want to give love to socially neglected parts of you, that is my mission”
Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
2007 “Bunnyʼs Darkness and Other Stories” motherʼs tankstation, Dublin
Atsushi Kaga Studio Movie in Callan Ireland, June 2020 : Atsushi Kagaスタジオ映像（カラン市、アイルランド、2020年6月）