Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in ART FAIR TOKYO 2017.
Venue: Hall E and Lobby Gallery, Tokyo International Forum
3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo-to 100-0005, Japan
Dates: March 17 – 19, 2017
Hours: Friday, March 17, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 18, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19, 10:30am – 5:00pm
Presenting works by: Kishio Suga, Varda Caivano, Atsushi Fukui, Mika Ninagawa, Rieko Otake, Hiroshi Sugito, Richard Tuttle, Paulo Monteiro, Tom Sachs, Yoshino Masui, Tomoko Nagai, Ellie Omiya, Midori Sato, Keisuke Yamamoto
1976 Born in Shizuoka, Japan
1999 B.F.A., Tama Art University, Tokyo
2004 Scouted by Tomio Koyama at GEISAI #6
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 Tokyo. She has held five
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).
Born in Osaka, 1975. Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. After working at an advertising agency, she achieved popularity for her essays about daily life. Besides her career as a writer, she works as a radio personality as well as a host of TV programs. Although her activities go beyond the border as she also shoots films, writes and directs stage plays, she views them as one creative pursuit.
From 2012, she started holding interactive solo exhibitions in which works complete with the viewers’ participation. The exhibition “To Convey Emotions” (toured PARCO MUSEUM and other venues, 2012–13) consisted of 8 stories, such as “Door Stands in the Way”, “Box of Heart” and “Message Bottles That Were Never Delivered” which refreshed and brought tears to viewers. After its public response, she held a solo show “To Be Alive” (PARCO MUSEUM) in 2013 where viewers were invited to reflect on what is to be alive by walking through “Red Road”, “Yellow Road” and “Desert Road”. She also presented “Message from the Starry Sky” (toured MITSUBISHI ESTATE ATRIUM and other venues, 2013–14) in which people could stroll through the stars in the walking planetarium.
She started to paint since her live drawing “Celebration Melody: Naoshima” at the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures inside the Tokyo National Museum in 2012 which was to celebrate Mr. Soichiro Fukutake receiving the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. She had a solo exhibition “emotional journey” at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace and “painting dreams (Shibuya Hikarie 8/ CUBE)” in 2015, and her first museum solo exhibition “Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya” at Towada Art Center in 2016. In Towada she also presented works outside the museum in the shopping arcade. In 2017, she had a solo exhibition “This is forest speaking” at Kanaz Forest of Creation in Fukui. She also presented her photography works at “Spirit Charge” (CAPSULE/SUNDAY, 2017). She participated in “Rokko Meets Art 2018” in 2018, where she created and presented “Mansion of a Widow”. Presently she participates in Dogo Onsenart. New catalogue “Whale of Rainbow” that consists of illustrations and texts is scheduled to be published from Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in February, 2019.
A closet packed full of colorful dresses, an array of high-heeled shoes on shelves, vividly colored flowers:Midori Sato shows us things that every woman yearns to see. Yet if we turn our attention to the details of her work, bold brushstrokes and an intentionally uneven paint coating tinge her subject matter with the contours of abstraction. This abstraction demonstrates the force of the power that draws the viewer into the picture plane.
Midori Sato was born in 1984 in Aichi Prefecture. She graduated from Oil Painting Course, School of Art, Nagoya University of Arts in 2008, and studied at Ecole nationale des beaux arts de Dijion, France as an exchange student in 2008. She received M.F.A from Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University in 2010. Her major solo exhibitions include TWS-Emerging 140 ”Blissful moments” (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, 2010), TWS-Emerging Plus”Point Marie” (Tokyo Wonder Site Art Café kurage, 2011) , “Project N 48” (Tokyo Opera City Arty Gallery, Tokyo,2012) and “My Precious Room”(Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, 2012). She live painted at Shinjuku Isetan, on the second floor where has just remodeled in 2013. She exhibited at Art Award Tokyo Matunouchi 2008 and 2010, and received the Tomio Koyama Prize in 2010. Her group exhibitions include “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2009) , “Tokyo Painting 2” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo,2013) and “Embracing for Painting” (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2015) In 2013, she received the Ohara Museum of Art Prize at “VOCA 2013″(The Ueno Royal Museum).
Keisuke Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Tokyo. After graduating from the department of Sculpture of Tokyo Zokei University in 2001 he stayed at the university as a research student until 2003. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa. This show at Tomio Koyama Gallery is his sixth solo exhibition, and his major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2008” (2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (2009, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, traveled to several international museums), “Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan” (2009, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), and “Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art” (2014, National Museum of Art, Osaka). His work is collected by the National Museum of Art, Osaka and international private collections.