Japanese artist Keiichi Tahara's radiant oeuvre explores the morphology of light's beguiling powers.

For over 30 years, light has ignited Japanese artist Keiichi Tahara's unbridled creativity. Struck by the sharp piercing radiance of the "city of light" upon arriving in Paris as a young photographer, Tahara set out to immortalize and materialize light's ethereal powers. The essence of light has intrigued artists over time: Italian Renaissance and Baroque painters such as Raphael, Leonardo Da Vinci and Caravaggio introduced chiaroscuro (Italian for "light dark') as a convention for applying light and shadow to objects in order to trick the eye into seeing three dimensionality in a two-dimensional plane.

In Tahara's oeuvre, however, light not only gives form to objects, but also provokes sensibilities and emotions by reflecting a physicality of its own. After first experimenting with light compositions on photosensitive paper, Tahara soon started printing onto glass, limestone, aluminum and fabric before designing light installations and more recently freestanding light-bearing sculptures. The winner of innumerous international prizes and commissions, Tahara has also beamed his floodlights onto exceptional industrial and fashion designers whose crafts he sells at his fast-expanding empire of luxury-goods boutiques in Tokyo. Next year, Tahara will inaugurate two permanent light installations in France: at the new Paris VII university outpost in the city's industrial 13th sector; and at the future library and departmental archive complex in Marseille.