ELLIE OMIYA

solo exhibition “Secret Garden”

フォーチュン フラワーズ Fortune flowers 2017 acrylic on canvas 150.0 × 130.0 cm ©Ellie Omiya, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

Ellie Omiya’s work has the energy of life overflowing from the canvas and filling the space. As a creator she has various expressions, and her liberated imagination pushes the possibilities of art without any constraints.
This is Omiya’s first exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery, and features her latest work “Fortune flowers” as well as works presented at her exhibition in Towada Art Center as well as works that are being shown for the first time. Flowers, trees, and landscapes such as lakes are depicted vividly through the artist’s emotion, moving the viewer into active experiences beyond the mere act of looking. Omiya also often performs live painting with live music. She says, “My live drawings are stories. They continue and constantly develop.” Arising from a horizon on a canvas, they evoke tangible sensations such as the buzz of particular places; lights, and smells. Because they are direct representations of what is felt by the artist, they invite the viewer to a rich world of artistic resonances. The viewer can experience dense sensations directed toward the outer world.

This is a secret garden. I plan to make this small exhibition like that.
They evoke smells. The paintings are windows. The viewer can see various gardens and flowers from the windows.
Pure senses of plants and flowers. The energy of the sun.
Wind blowing. Please come to a room like that!
And I hope that you will be skipping on the way back. (Ellie Omiya)

For more information, please visit the following link.
http://www.hikarie8.com/artgallery/index.shtml

Related Event:
Ellie Omiya “Work’s Fes”
We will screen the past video works (PV, CM, movies, documentary etc) created by Ellie Omiya.
Saturday, May 13, 2017(Mini-talk and Autograph session)〜Sunday, May 14 *Only screening
8/ COURT(n front of 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery on the 8th floor of Shibuya Hikarie)
For more information, please visit the following link.
http://www.hikarie8.com/artgallery/

Other Exhibition:
Ellie Omiya “This is forest speaking”
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, June 11, 2017
Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan
For more information, please visit the following link.
http://sosaku.jp/event/2017/omiya/

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.

  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Secret Garden" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2017 © Ellie Omiya, photo by Kenji Takahashi