AYA ITO

Solo Exhibition “Sleeping Stone”

Sleeping Stone, 2017 oil on canvas 120cm x 150cm ©Aya Ito

Aya Ito creates paintings with her highly original motifs and process. The work expresses a dangerous humor that addictively attracts the viewer with its vivid sea of color. This exhibition is the first in two years and in addition to new work features work that Ito created during her yearlong stay in Dublin, Ireland.

Ito’s paintings have gone through changes: in addition to a new approach of arranging various motifs in the diorama and painting all images as they are in her mind, Ito has begun using various new motifs. She became fascinated with vegetables while living with and helping a Farmer’s family in Ireland. Her daily life and artistic practice became closely related naturally, perhaps, in part due to the fact that her family works with mandarin oranges. Ito started putting more emphasis on “how to deal with work” rather than which themes to use to create work, and began taking time to lie down and “talk” with each motif and drawing. The exhibition title Sleeping Stone suggests the dialogues in which she delves into the inner workings of herself, by going deep she is able to see a new horizon, and bring fresh encounters.

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Other Exhibition: “Rokko Meets Art”

Dates: August 31 (Thu.) 18:00 – 19:30
Venue:Rokkosan Country House 4512-98 Kitarokko, Rokkosan, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Japan 657-0101

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https://www.rokkosan.com/art2017/la/
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Artist Profile

Aya Ito

Aya Ito was born in Arida-city, Wakayama in 1987. She graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2009, and from Kyoto City University of Arts, Graduate School of Art, painting this year.
Ito received Suntory award at in Art Camp in Kunst-Bau 2007 (Suntory Museum, Osaka), Runner-Up Prize in Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2009 (Gyokochika Gallery, Tokyo), and the Graduate School Mayer award at Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of Arts (Kyoto).
Her major solo exhibitions include “Umaretsuki J” (Art Jam Contemporary, Tokyo, 2009), and her major group exhibitions include “Mont Blanc Young Artist Patronage in Japan” (Mont Blanc GINZA, Tokyo, 2009), “VOCA 2010” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2010), and “RESONANCE” (Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2010). She will exhibit at Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011 (July 3 to July 31, 2011).

1987 Born in Wakayama, Japan
2009 B.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto
2011 M.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto