Tomoko Nagai

  • しだれざくら 2019 oil and glitter on canvas 130.1 × 193.8 cm ©︎Tomoko Nagai
  • Big Bear 2019 oil and glitter on canvas 227.5 × 182.2 cm ©︎Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Coloring Beyond the Edges" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Coloring Beyond the Edges" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Coloring Beyond the Edges" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Coloring Beyond the Edges" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Coloring Beyond the Edges" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October" Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan, 2018 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Thousands of Finches 2017 oil on canvas, glitter 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • フランスパンちゃんガール 花柄の壁紙 French Baguet Girl Floral Wall Paper 2015 oil on canvas 162.5 × 130.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • フルーツポンチ Fruit Punch 2015 watercolor, acrylic, pencil, color pencil, ink, glitter and collage on panel 53.0 × 73.0 cm ©︎Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "The Hairy House in Midsummer" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "The Hairy House in Midsummer" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "The Hairy House in Midsummer" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "The Hairy House in Midsummer" at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • しだれざくら Weeping Cherry 2014 oil on canvas 162.0 × 162.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 光 Light 2014 oil on canvas 194.5 × 162.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • しだれざくら Weeping cherry 2013 oil on canvas 162.0 × 227.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • もう風邪はなおったよ A cold got cured 2013 oil, glitter on canvas 73.0 × 60.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Dramatic Moments" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from "Dramatic Moments" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from "Dramatic Moments" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 ©Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • ドラマチック Dramatic 2012 oil, glitter on canvas 227.5 × 364.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • ピクニック Picnic 2012 acrylic, water color, ink, color pencil, pencil, collage on paper mounted on panel 103.0 × 219.0 cm (3 pieces) ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 大きい犬の夢を見た I Dreamt About A Huge Dog 2011 oil and glitter on canvas 227.0 × 364.0 cm (2 pieces) ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 雪ん子ガール The Snow-child-girl 2011 oil, glitter on canvas 162.0 × 131.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • パペットといろいろの国 Puppet and Various Countries 2011 oil, glitter, modeling paste on canvas 162.0 × 194.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • ひと休み A break 2010 water color, ink, color pencil, pencil, glitter, embroidered 13.5 × 18.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 白イタチ White weasel 2010 oil, acrylic, glitter on canvas 80.5 × 53.2 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • teddy bear 2010 oil on canvas 100.2 × 80.3 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • snow kitten 2010 oil, acrylic, glitter, gesso, modeling paste, paperclay on canvas 101.5 × 134.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Mr. Bear 2010 oil,acrylic, glitter, spray on canvas 227.5 × 182.2 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • プリンス Prince 2010 acrylic, water color, pencil, color pencil, ink, conte, glitter on paper mounted on panel 45.8 × 38.1 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 劇場ハウス Theater house 2010 oil, acrylic, glitter on canvas 116.7 × 91.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • ririan 2010 oil, acrylic on canvas 130.2 × 194.2 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 灰色ネコ(大) Gray Cat (large) 2010 cloth and cotton h.49.0 × w.13.5 × d.8.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Winter Wind and Konko" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Japan, 2011 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Winter Wind and Konko" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Japan, 2011 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Winter Wind and Konko" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Japan, 2011 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Season that the worldgets filled with gold 2008 oil on canvas 161.5 × 194.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • きいろい子 gold child 2008 oil, acrylic on canvas 72.8 × 60.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 氷の物語 2008 oil on canvas 182.0 × 228.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • みんな大人になってしまった everyone's grown up 2008 oil, acrylic, pencil on canvas 227.5 × 182.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from "Project N33" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Tomoko Nagai
  • 森での話 Conversation in Forest 2007 oil, acrylic on canvas 182.0 × 227.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Housekibaco 2007 oil, acrylic on canvas 131.0 × 162.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Bathroom 2007 oil, acrylic on canvas 73.0 cm × 179.0 cm (4 pieces) ©Tomoko Nagai
  • midorinomori 2007 Watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, pencil, ink on paper mounted on wood panel 91.2 × 116.7 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • Cassiopeia 2007 oil, acrylic on canvas 89.5 × 145.5 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • untitled 2006 watercolor, pencil, ink, stickers on paper 26.0 × 39.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai
  • しだれざくら Weeping cherry tree 2006 watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, pencil on paper mounted on wood panel 45.5 × 53.0 cm ©Tomoko Nagai

In Tomoko Nagai’s artworks, various animals, children, colorful trees and mushrooms are depicted in a theatrical arrangement against the backdrop of forests and domestic rooms. Loaded with a multitude of motifs, each of Nagai’s paintings embraces a unique sense of spatiality, wherein a dynamism that encapsulates the worlds of fictional narratives intricately overlaps with layers of images. The colorful matière and brushstrokes form a fantastical rhythm as the artist exercises an expression akin to composing a musical piece. The viewer perceives this melody while standing face-to-face with each painting. This evokes a sense of being inside the painting, as the viewer’s own memories and experiences – nostalgic sensations, recollections and dreams from childhood – connect with the worldview represented in each artwork.

Tomoko Nagai was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1982. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 2006, majoring in Oil Painting. Nagai currently lives and works in Tokyo. Nagai held a solo exhibition at Project N, Tokyo Opera City in 2008, followed by a number of solo presentations in Kyoto, Kagoshima, Hong Kong and Singapore. She exhibited at “VOCA 2010” (the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2010) and “Future Pass – From Asia to the World”, part of the 54th Venice Biennale (Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, Venice, 2011), and has participated in international group exhibitions in Seoul (Gana Art Center, 2011), Grenoble (Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporainr) and Berlin (me Collectors Room Berlin, 2010). She has also taken a part in a project funded by the Singapore Red Cross, in which she painted an entire swimming pool at Toyama nursery school, located in the tsunami-stricken area of Shichigahama town, Miyagi (designed by Takahashi Ippei Office, completed in 2013). Nagai has engaged with broad audiences outside of museums and art galleries, providing title designs and artworks for television programmes on NHK Educational, as well as creating book covers for a range of publications. In 2017, she published her first monograph “Thousands of Finches”. Nagai’s artworks have been included in public collections both in Japan and internationally, notably the Takahashi Collection (Japan), the Olbricht Collection (Germany), the Zabludowicz Collection (UK) and The JAPIGOZZI Collection (US / Switzerland).

Solo exhibitions

2020 GALLERY OHRIN, Hitachi countries Izumo Taisha, Ibaraki, Japan
2019 “Coloring Beyond the Edges” Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2018 “A Hundred Years and Cherry Blossom Tree in October” Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan
“Room with Colorful Flowers” Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store 6F Artspot, Tokyo, Japan
“Atelier in Peach and Rose Color, Magic” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 “Thousands of Finches” Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Tale of Nippon Umeboshi” Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
2015 “The Hairy House in Midsummer” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Amber Light and Carpet of Dropped Chestnuts” Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 “Dramatic Moments” Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore
2012 “It might be true (continued)” Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “Small Planets and Many Kids” Mama Kid, Hong Kong
“Recital Day in June” Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
2010 “In the room of Toccata” Roppongi Hills Art + Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo, Japan
“Winter Wind and Konko” Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto/ TKG Editions Kyoto, Japan
2009 “Tomoko Nagai by ZOF” BEAMS T Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
2008 “Project N33” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 “Bara mo Uma ni Uta ni Midori mo Niwa” Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
“'Bara mo Uma ni Uta ni Midori mo Niwa' SHINJUKU ART ∞ VOL.02” the temporary enclosure at Ο l Ο l City Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Group exhibitions

2018 “Tomio Koyama Gallery: Works from the Gallery Artists and the Collection 3” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 “10th ASYAAF (Asian Students & Young Artists Art Festival)” Dongdaemun Design Plaza), Seoul, Korea
“Tomio Koyama Gallery: Works from the Gallery Artists and the Collection 2” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 “21st HEART EXHIBITION” Tokyu Department Store Shibuya HONTEN, Tokyo, Japan
“DECO・DECO・DECO!” Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “KISS THE HEART #3” Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
“Ginza Mitsukoshi x Tomio Koyama Gallery, Art Sellection” Gallery, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
2013 “Tokyo Painting II Mindscape between interior and exterior” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Ginza Mitsukoshi × Tomio Koyama Gallery Art Selection” Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“JAPAN ART EXHIBITION” Isetan Singapore
2011 “JAPANCONGO” Le Magasin -Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
“Girlfriends Forever!” Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
“Future Pass -From Asia to the World” Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, Venezia, Italy
“Pathos and Small Narratives” Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2010 “VOCA 2010” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Passion Fruits Picked from The Olbricht Collection” me Collectors Room Berlin, Germany
2008 “Haptic Group Exhibition by artists from Brazil and Japan Curated by Vik Muniz” Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
2006 “Cow Parade TOKYO in Marunouchi 2006” Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
“Tokyo Wonder Wall 2006” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2005 “Mandragora and Three Horns” YEBISU ART LABO FOR GALLERY, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Public collections

The Franks-Suss Collection
The JAPIGOZZI Collection
Olbricht Collection
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION
The Zabludowicz Collection