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
  • Installation view from “The Hairy House in Midsummer” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 長井朋子 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 × 2.5 cm
  • 長井朋子 Tomoko Nagai フランスパンちゃんガール 花柄の壁紙 French 2015 oil on canvas 162.5 × 130.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 長井朋子 Tomoko Nagai しだれざくら Weeping Cherry 2014 oil on canvas 162.0 x 162.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 長井朋子 Tomoko Nagai 光 Light 2014 oil on canvas 194.5 x 162.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 長井朋子 Tomoko Nagai もう風邪はなおったよ 2013 oil, glitter on canvas 73.0 x 60.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 長井朋子 Tomoko Nagai Weeping cherry 2013 oil on canvas 162.0 x 227.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Installation view from “Dramatic Moments” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from “Dramatic Moments” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from “Dramatic Moments” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from “Dramatic Moments” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • Installation view from “Dramatic Moments” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, 2013 © Tomoko Nagai photo by Chua Cherhim
  • ピクニック / Picnic, 2012 acrylic,water color,ink,color pencil,pencil,collage on paper mounted on panel 103.0 x 219.0 cm (3 pieces) © Tomoko Nagai
  • ドラマチック / Dramatic, 2012 oil,glitter on canvas 227.5 x 364.0 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 x 194.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 雪ん子ガール / The Snow-child-girl, 2011 oil,glitter on canvas 162.0 x 131.0 cm © 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 x 364.0 cm (2pieces) © Tomoko Nagai
  • プリンス Prince, 2010 acrylic,water color,pencil,color pencil,ink,conte,glitter on paper mounted on panel 45.8 x 38.1 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 劇場ハウス Theater house, 2010 oil, acrylic, glitter on canvas 116.7 x 91.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from [ Winter Wind and Konko ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2011 © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from [ Winter Wind and Konko ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2011 © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from [ Winter Wind and Konko ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2011 © Tomoko Nagai
  • gold child, 2008 © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 © Tomoko Nagai
  • 氷の物語, 2008 oil on canvas 182.0 x 228.0 x 3.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Season that the worldgets filled with gold, 2008 oil on canvas 161.5 x 194.0 x 3.5cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 © Tomoko Nagai
  • ひと休み A break, 2010 water color,ink,color pencil,pencil,glitter,embroidered 13.5 x 18.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 白イタチ White weasel, 2010 oil,acrylic,glitter on canvas 80.5 x 53.2 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • snow kitten, 2010 oil,acrylic,glitter,gesso,modeling paste,paperclay on canvas 101.5 x 134.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • ririan, 2010 oil, acrylic on canvas 130.2 x 194.2 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • 灰色ネコ(大) Gray Cat(large), 2010 cloth and cotton h.49.0 x w.13.5 x d.8.5cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • teddy bear, 2010 oil on canvas 100.2 x 80.3 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Mr.Bear, 2010 oil,acrylic,glitter,spray on canvas 227.5 x 182.2 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from [A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 © 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 x 182.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • installation view from Project N33 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2008 © Tomoko Nagai
  • 森での話 conversation in forest, 2007 Oil, acrylic on canvas 182.0 x 227.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Housekibaco, 2007 Oil, acrylic on canvas 131.0 x 162.0 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Bathroom, 2007 Oil, acrylic on canvas 73.0 cm x 179.0 cm (4枚組) © Tomoko Nagai
  • midorinomori, 2007 Watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, pencil, ink on paper mounted on wood panel 91.2 x 116.7 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • Cassiopeia, 2007 Oil, acrylic on canvas 89.5 x 145.5 cm © Tomoko Nagai
  • untitled, 2006 watercolor, pencil, ink, stickers on paper 26.0 x 39.0cm © 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 x 53.0cm © Tomoko Nagai

In Tomoko Nagai’s works, various motifs including animals such as bears, cats, and horses; young girls and imaginary figures; and trees and mushrooms are scattered against backgrounds of forest or rooms which look precisely as if they were theater sets. In all of her works there is a characteristic sense of fulfilment, as if expressing a condensed form of our world. Nagai does not draw before painting, and she uses different media depending on the subject: oil, acrylic, watercolor, color pencil, and pastel, as well as sculptures and installations. This results in various matiere and levels of intensity that seem to have become elements and rhythms, together constituting one music. Nagai’s works do not carry any specific narratives. By feeling this music, we somehow enter unawares into her world of stories.

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. She currently lives and works in Toyohashi-city, Aichi. She has held four solo exhibitions with Tomio Koyama Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. She has also participated in “VOCA 2010” at The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, as well as international exhibitions such as “Future Pass – From Asia to the World” Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia (Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, Venice, 2011), and other group exhibitions in Seoul, Grenoble, and Berlin. She also worked with a project in which she painted the walls of the swimming pool in a nursery school called Toyama nursery school (designed by Takahashi Ippei Office) located in Shichigahama town, Miyagi, one of the stricken areas caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The nursery building completed in 2013 was fully funded and supported by Singapore Red Cross. Her works have been included in public collections including The Takahashi Collection (Japan), The Olbricht Collection (Germany), The Zabludowicz Collection (UK) and The JAPIGOZZI Collection (US/ Switzerland).

Solo exhibitions

2017 "Thousands of Finches" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo
"Tale of Nippon Umeboshi" Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima
2015 "The Hairy House in Midsummer" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2014 "Amber Light and Carpet of Dropped Chestnuts" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo
2013 "Dramatic Moments" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, Singapore
2012 "It might be true (continued)" Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo
2011 "Winter Wind and Konko" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto/ TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto
"Small Planets and Many Kids" Mama Kid, Hong Kong
"Recital Day in June" Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima
2010 "In the room of Toccata" Roppongi Hills Art + Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo
2009 "Tomoko Nagai by ZOF" BEAMS T Harajuku, Tokyo
2008 Project N33, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"A child and an owl and a gray cat sparkling on Sunday" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2007 "Bara mo Uma ni Uta ni Midori mo Niwa" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
"'Bara mo Uma ni Uta ni Midori mo Niwa' SHINJUKU ART ∞ VOL.02" the temporary enclosure at Ο l Ο l City Shinjuku, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2016 "21st HEART EXHIBITION" Tokyu Department Store Shibuya HONTEN, Tokyo
"DECO・DECO・DECO!" Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Tokyo
2014 "KISS THE HEART #3" Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo
"Ginza Mitsukoshi x Tomio Koyama Gallery, Art Sellection" Gallery, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo
2013 "Tokyo Painting II Mindscape between interior and exterior" Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
"Ginza Mitsukoshi × Tomio Koyama Gallery Art Selection" Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo
"JAPAN ART EXHIBITION" Isetan Singapore, Singapore
2011 "JAPANCONGO" Le Magasin -Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
"Girlfriends Forever!" Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo
"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, Venice, Italy
"Pathos and Small Narratives" Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2010 "VOCA 2010" The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
"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
2006 "Cow Parade TOKYO in Marunouchi 2006" Marunouchi, Tokyo
"Tokyo Wonder Wall 2006" Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2005 "Mandragora and Three Horns" YEBISU ART LABO FOR GALLERY, Nagoya, Aichi

Public collections

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