Born 1947 in Isesaki, Japan, Shin began work as a textile designer in Ishihara Sangyo as the fifth generation of the family weaving business. After a long career as a freelance illustrator and printmaker in Tokyo, Shin moved to Australia in 1983, where he established a printmakers gallery in Sydney. He is now based in Brisbane, Queensland and Fukuoka, Japan.

Working across various media, including printmaking, ceramics and acrylics, Shin deals with contemporary themes while drawing on traditional Japanese iconography and methodologies. His latest work is a re-examination of the narratives of Ryunosuke Akutagawa, author of Rashomon, and the way in which he deals with archetypal notions of fate and damnation.



  • Studied traditional ceramic techniques in Arita, Saga Prefecture Japan


  • Studied and worked with lithographer Satoru Itazu in Tokyo and at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane


  • Studied at Print Workshop, London


  • Travelled studying art collections in UK, France, The Netherlands

1974 – 76  

  • Studied etching at Tokyo Hanga Kenkyujo Admitted into Japan Printmakers Association


  • Dokkyo University, Tokyo

Solo exhibitions

  • 2013 Ero Guro Kawaii, La Lanta Fine Art, Bangkok.
  • 2010 Heaven and Hell, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane.
  • 2005 Kiss Kiss, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney.
  • 1989 Sugar Cane, B&C Gallery, Gold Coast.
  • 1986 Ningyokan Gallery, Tokyo.
  • 1984 NDA Gallery, Sapporo, Japan.
  • 1984 St. Paul Gallery, Maebashi, Japan.


  • 1974 Winner of Japan Printmakers Grand Prix, Tokyo.
  • 1971 Winner of KFS Art Contest Grand Prix, Tokyo.


  • Art Gallery of NSW and Private collections in Australia and overseas