Yuki Murai is known for paintings that possess a sculpture-like thickness achieved using prodigious amounts of paint, to the point of overwhelming the viewer. His paintings can grow far beyond the wall to which they are fixed, expanding into architectural structures that reach out to the ceiling or floor. The toughness that enables such expansion comes from the ‘omurice paint’ that the artist himself developed. According to Murai, his ‘omurice paint’ is an independent medium that doesn’t require canvas or similar support. It is a chaotic mixture with messy texture and foreign bodies. As if in response to Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara’s exhortations of “Don’t imitate others” and “Make something that hasn’t been made before,” Murai breaks from Western painting conventions and aims to create paintings underpinned by indigenous Japanese expression in which the rebellion and dissent can be seen in cross section. His work has already attracted the attention of curators and many other people in the art world for its awesome ability to break through barriers, sometimes even seeming to bring his paintings to the point of physical collapse.