Koji Nishioka has been interested in music since he was a baby
As a child, he was sensitive to sound, and would stop crying if his parents played him a classical record.
Many years later, a piano was donated to Atelier Corners, where he produces his work and this may have ignited his earlier interest in music. This is when he began creating his series of ‘music score’ art works. He has created over 200 of these drawings, which are highly regarded in his native Japan and internationally. Nishioka will copy directly from an existing music score, meaning all of his works are related to actual pieces of music; although they may not be easily read by a piano player. He avoids distraction when creating by not listening to music, but he will hum songs as he draws. It seems there is always music in his head. As Nishioka’s astigmatism worsens in his left eye, the compositions of his musical score drawings move further to the right. He draws freely, and there is sometimes the idea that the full score won’t fit, but Nishioka somehow ensures it always all fits to the page. More recently, he has been leaving more white space around the score, which creates an aesthetic balance. He creates works other than his iconic music scores, such as letters and photo images that are his own personal take on the originals. The majority of his works are produced in black and white, although he experiments occasionally with colour, and it takes him about three days to complete a piece. Nishioka’s works are in the abcd collection in Paris, France, and he has had his work exhibited in Japan, Los Angeles USA, Prague and Paris.