solo exhibition

Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2004 ©Masako Ando


Her paintings are full of boys and girls with their lovely round eyes, birds and butterflies are floating around, and all the flowers seem to represent the lyricism. Surface of the canvas looks dainty piece of china which the artist polished it with sandpaper for many times. Astonishingly daintiness of lines and glossy paint colours takes us to the mellowness of the world. The world of her paiting is about lost and to gain, tranquility and intensiveness, eatable and uneatable, happiness and sorrow, and death and to live. Painting itself has got all these elements and the artist tries to make these things for positive ways.


There are two drawings and two paintings in this exhibition. “Where Have All Flowers Gone?” this is the artist did careful drawing at first and then challenges for paiting based on its drawing. “the Fire” is the drawing based work.
“In Spring” is a pair work. This exhibition is the debut of her latest works.
We hope to see you at project room : Tomio Koyama Gallery.

Artist Profile

Masako Ando

1976 Born in Aichi, Japan
1999 B.F.A., Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music
2001 M.F.A., Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music

Masako Ando was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1976. In 2001 she graduated from Aichi University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Oil Painting Department. While at university, she studied painting under Nobuya Hitsuda whose practice has influenced many artists, and now she continues to live and work based in the verdant setting of Seto city in Aichi Prefecture. Because of the extremely time-consuming techniques behind her art she works at a pace of several new pieces per year, and we hold her third solo show next Jan- Feb, following on from one in 2004 at Tomio Koyama Gallery, as well as “Hara Documents 9 Masako Ando: The Garden of Belly Button” (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012).