NANA FUNO

solo exhibition “The Fish Glitters As its Scales Tremble”

Neighbor’s Garden, 2013 acrylic on canvas 162.0 x 227.5 cm ©Nana Funo

【Introduction】

Nana Funo’s paintings are richly filled with motifs of decorative patterns, animals and plants, figures, landscapes and written characters. They are composed with various techniques, graceful drawings of acrylic, repetitive overlaying of gesso or dye, patterns that come into appearance from masking, and the visual effect that embraces richness in layers arouse a curiosity to explore what is illustrated deep inside the paintings. Textures similar to porcelain, textile or sometimes relief can be observed in the works. According to Funo, it is probably her frequent visit to museums where she looks carefully at historical exhibits and objects that keep her being sensitive to diverse matiere and excellent at representing them on canvas. Various elements and materials applied in the history of art making that reflected the spiritual realms and worldviews in the respective time bring inspirations to Funo. At the same time, her own unique languages and matieres showed in her works depict her original worldview formed by personal moments of her emotional side. Funo states that the feelings she has in daily life stimulate her to draw.
She draws down what suddenly comes into her mind on a notebook with the same density as the paintings. Those drawings then become her sources of inspiration and to develop on large canvas.

【Concept】

This exhibition showcases Funo’s latest works, mainly acrylic on canvas with masking techniques. Large-scale paintings with glaze, a new technique that Funo starts to apply lately will be on view, including one piece nearly 6 meters in width. Those large paintings will be accompanied by a spectacular installation composed of 108 pieces sized in 40x40cm paintings. The drawing notebooks, which record Funo’s everyday inspirations, will be featured as well.

Artist Profile

Nana Funo

Nana Funo’s paintings are richly filled with motifs of decorative patterns, animals and plants, figures, landscapes and written characters. They are composed with various techniques – graceful drawings of acrylic, repetitive overlaying of gesso or dye, patterns that come into appearance from masking – and the visual effect that embraces richness in layers arouse a curiosity to explore what is illustrated deep inside the paintings. Textures similar to porcelain, textile or sometimes relief can be observed in the works. The technique and unique textures she brings about by continuously moving her hands across the picture plane start to function as an independent language, and it is as if the artist gazes in concentration at the state of the world, while keeping it at a certain distance from herself and her works.

Nana Funo was born in 1983 in Shizuoka, Japan. In 2008, she received an M.F.A. in Painting from Kyoto City University of Arts. She currently lives and works in Kyoto. Her solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery include “The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper” (Tokyo, 2014), “The Fish Glitters as Its Scales Tremble “(Singapore, 2014), “Vessel That Never Leaks” (Tokyo, 2012) and “Who Knows the Stories” (Kyoto, 2009). Her selected group exhibitions include “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014) and “VOCA 2009 – The Vision of Contemporary Art” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2009). Her work is included in MONTBLANC and GBU Japan, Takahashi Collection, Takamatsu City Museum of Art and the JAPIGOZZI Collection.