ELLIE OMIYA

“This is forest speaking.”

Tale of mountain of Okayama 2015 184.0 × 357.5 cm acrylic on canvas photo by Kenji Takahashi © Ellie Omiya, courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

Ellie Omiya
Apr. 22 – Jun. 11, 2017
Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui

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Artist Profile

Ellie Omiya

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.