sanwacompany Art Award Finalist
My work stems from my interest in the contradiction that we as individuals and as a society can be both deeply virtuous and brutally prejudiced and discriminatory at the same time. Through painting, I attempt to understand who we are through examining the discrepancy between reality and what are presented as ideals we hold as a society. Studying the fields of psychology, sociology, and religion has allowed me to tap into a universal perspective to which I hope my audience can respond.
The motifs in my paintings are created through a method of processing my personal experiences to transform them into something universal that can resonate with other people in various walks of life. The titles are also the result of taking specific, personal descriptions and putting it into language that the viewer can empathize with as their own experience. I then experiment with scale, format, colors, and compositions through numerous preparatory sketches. While there is meticulous prep work involved, I believe the theme is only completed upon the viewer’s experience of self-reflection and questioning. The abstract or figurative form of the work combined with the descriptive titles, as well as the large scale of work and their placement in the exhibition space are all elements that I work with in order to create an experiential space for the viewer.
2010. B.F.A. Tama Art University, Department of Painting, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Time to Recover, Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C. Art Avenue, Tokyo, Japan
Dividing the Sky and Sea with the Sand, YUI-PORT, Niigata, Japan
2020 The process of waxing and waning, KURUM’ ART Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan（’18）
2019 project N 76 Yukari SUEMATSU, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Thoughts from Inside a Ring, Nagano City Arts Center, Nagano, Japan
2022 Arteles Creative Center, Haukijärvi, Finland
2021 Autonomous Activity Program 2021 winter,Niigata,Japan
2017 NAKAJO Artist in Residence,Nagano,Japan
2022 sanwacompany Art Award Art in The House 2022, sanwacompany Ltd.
2019 The 33rd HOLBEIN Scholarship, Holbein Art Materials Inc.
2017 Atsuhiko Shima (Museum Director,21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,Kanazawa) Jury Award,Shell Art Award 2017
2014 Niigata Chamber of Commerce Special Award, 2014 Niigata Office Art Street Award
2008 Kōzō Fujimoto (Hermès Japon) Jury Honorary Mention Award, Via Art 2008
2020- ART FRONT GALLERY Co., Ltd.,Karuizawa,Nagano,Japan
2019 TAKENAKA CORPORATION,Atami,Shizuoka,Japan
Hoshino Resorts Inc,Karuizawa,Nagano,Japan
Tsuchisaka Eye Clinic,Tokyo,Japan
Tokyo Dome Resort Operations Corp.,Atami,Shizuoka,Japan
2021 “The Niigata Nippo,”The Niigata Nippo Inc. March 18, 2021. P. 21
2018 “Art Collectors,”Seikatsunotomosha Inc., August 2018. P. 78.
“The Window of Arts: Upcoming artists 2018,”Seikatsunotomosha Inc., May 2018. P. 83
“The Shin Bijutsu Shinbun,”Bijutsu-Nenkansha Co. Ltd., February 11, 2018. P. 5
2017 “The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun,” The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun Inc., November 16, 2017. P. 27