Gallery's Picks for the Month（ Winter Gifts）
In this issue of Gallery's Picks, we are pleased to present a special Winter Gifts feature, featuring works of art that are perfect for gift-giving, whether you want to present them to someone else or treat yourself to them.
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■Biography and Awards
1983 Born in Tokyo, Japan
2015 Completed Doctoral program in Oil Painting (Mural Painting), Tokyo University of the Arts
2015-17 Artist-in-residence in Vienna as a Japanese Government Overseas Study Fellowship for Emerging Artists
2010 shiseido art egg award (Shiseido Gallery)
2022 Goro Murayama × Kazuto Imura :Plorifirating Images
2022 Setouchi Triennale, Ogijima, Kagawa, Japan ('19)
2022 Drawings - Plurality Drawings Toward Plurality
2020 Solo Exhibition Painting Folding Takuro Someya Contemporary Art / Tokyo
2019 AICHI TRIENNALE 2019 The Age of Emotion / Aichi, Japan
L'homme qui marche Verkörperung des Sperrigen, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
21st Domani Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Solo Exhibition, Stratosphere vol.6, Goro Murayama Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
2010 The 4th shiseido art egg "Re-magic of the pictorial subject" Shiseido Gallery / Tokyo, Japan
2009 MOT Collection, Dreams at MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Tokyo
Teppei Kaneuji, born in Kyoto in 1978, has been working actively not only in museums but also in outdoor exhibitions and fairs such as SUMMER SONIC 2022 in recent years. His motifs are mainly everyday materials such as figurines and miscellaneous goods that contain everyday images, but he develops images of information that are continuously reproduced in contemporary society, rhythmically repeating and amplifying them. The original meanings of individual objects are disregarded and connected, resulting in a dynamic expression that is unexpected.
1978 Born in Kyoto
2003 MFA in Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts
■Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 "Teppei Kaneuji S.F.(Something Falling/Floating)" Ichihara Lakeside Art Museum / Chiba, Japan
2021 "Things! Things! Things! Click Ten Art Space / Beijing, China
2020-21 "En/trance" Japan Society / New York, U.S.A.
Born in 1969. After completing the graduate course at Tama Art University, he moved to Germany to study under Daniel Buren at the University of Arts in Düsseldorf, where he received his Meisterschueler (M.A.).
Time is always behind Todo's works, and his style is based on the theme of "the uniqueness of place," and his works are created mainly from objects he collects on foot and take various forms. His most representative works are the stone series, which he has continued since his stay in Germany, in which he cuts stones from places around the world with historical inscriptions and then polishes the cut surfaces with laminated glass. For the book series, he obtains Western philosophy books, novels, bibles, and hymns mainly from second-hand bookstores, and creates them in two ways: by inserting laminated glass between the pages and by hardening the pages with resin. Living in Dusseldorf for more than 10 years, Todo's works, which are a fusion of Western culture and Japanese aesthetics that he experienced firsthand, are very popular both in Japan and abroad, and he receives many inquiries from overseas.
Since relocating his production base to Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Todo has also produced works using the rubble of famous buildings that are disappearing in the metabolism of society and pearls cultivated in his hometown of Uwajima. In recent years, he has been expanding his activities, including providing a work for the fashion brand "KUON" for their LookBook and participating in the New York Fashion Week.
Shinji Ohmaki has developed various series such as "Echoes Infinity," "Echoes Crystallization," and "Liminal Air" as an artist who continues to work on the theme of what "existence" is. In addition to solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad, he has presented works representing each international art festival, including Yokohama Triennale (2008), Setouchi International Art Festival (2010), Asian Art Biennale (Taiwan 2011) Echigo-Tsumari Triennale (2015-), Aichi Triennale (2016), and European City of Culture (Netherlands 2018). He has continued to present works representing the respective international art festivals.
Ohmaki's works are based on the keywords "space," "time," "gravity," and "memory," using a wide variety of materials and techniques in an attempt to create a physical time-space to approach an ambiguous and elusive "existence. Ohmaki's works are not merely objects to be appreciated for their material interest and beauty, but also as devices to make the viewer aware of light, shadow, and time existing within a space. The elements that Ohmaki incorporates into his works, such as air, water, the interplay of light, and images that disappear after being stepped on, give the viewer a sense of their birth and eventual disappearance, and their combination into a dynamic work that evokes the viewer's physical senses is what makes it so appealing.
石田 恵嗣 Keiji Ishida
Keiji Ishida was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1975. After graduating from a Japanese university and working in a company, he began painting at the age of 30. Seeking a more personalized art education, he studied in England, graduating from Chelsea College in London in 2009, and in 2011 entered RCA, completing his studies there in 2013. Ishida has been active as an artist mainly in Europe while living in Germany for two years, and has attracted particular attention in recent years; he had a solo exhibition at Art Front Gallery in 2021, followed by a group exhibition of new works at Ginza Tsutaya in 2021 and 2022. His exploration of color, form, and painting style as a painting is evident on the canvas, and his rough brushstrokes and drawing-like lines are also appealing.