JAPANESE

PROFILE OF ARTIST

Yuji Moriguchi

Born 1971 in Tokushima Prefecture. In 1994, he graduated in design from Kyoto Seika University, Faculty of Art, specializing in Manga (the university now has a Faculty of Manga).  His distinctively lyrical and erotic images of women, which combine the dual qualities of Manga and Ukiyo-e drawn with exquisite lines, evoke a nostalgic view of the world together with a strong sense of presence. In recent years, his works have been exhibited at overseas art fairs in Asia, and have gained a high reputation both at home and abroad.
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Akihiro Misaki

Born 1987 in Tokyo. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in Japanese painting.
2013 and 2014, Bologna Exhibition of Children's Book Illustrators (Award). 2015, CWAJ Contemporary Print Exhibition 60th Anniversary Exhibition (Special Jury Award).
He also creates drawings, lithographs, and books with words and pictures.
http://misakiakihiro.info/MISAKI_AKIHIRO_WEBSITE/MISAKI_AKIHIRO_WEB.html

On Yamamoto

Born 1983 in Tokyo. Graduated from Sokei Academy of Fine Art and Design, Department of Printmaking.  Printed woodcuts like travel scenes.  Also worked as an illustrator.  Gives group shows like BASE GALLERY, HB Gallery, papier colle, and private exhibitions.
http://onyamamoto.jimdo.com/

Kyoko Komoda

Born 1946 in Tokyo.  Started painting under the influence of her parents, who were “Western” oil painting artists.  Her works, which are produced using copperplate and original paintings, depict human emotions of people against a background of olden days.  Lecturer at the Copperplate Engraving Association, “Shikaku-I Sora”. Member of the “HitoHitoKai”.

Yuya Koiizuka

Born 1975 in Fukuoka Prefecture.  Graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Printmaking.  Recipient of Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints "Honorable Mention Award", Sapporo International Biennial Exhibition of Prints "Sponsor Award”, Prinz 21 Grand Prix Exhibition "Sponsor Award”, and Japan Print Association Exhibition "Honorable Mention Award".  Focuses on mundane, day-to-day things, such as the people, animals and landscape that appear in his works.  Recently, his family has grown, and he has produced an increasingly wide variety of work.

Yuki Nagayoshi

Born 1971 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Graduate School, member of Japan Print Association.  Features Yuki Nagayoshi selection: "Japanese schoolgirl", 2nd Prize at International Graphic Arts Triennial Sofia '95 (Bulgaria), Shanghai Art Fair.  Her works are kept at the Joshi Arts University Museum, and Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts.

Atsushi Kaneoya

Born 1989 in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture.  Graduated from Yokohama College of Arts and Crafts Design Course.
Exhibited at "1st Asakusa Collection", "TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK", Can★Do Handmade Knitting Contest (“Special Jury Award”), etc.  
An artist who expresses what he feels in daily life through knitting.

Rentaro Kawamoto

Born 1991 in Kanagawa Prefecture.  Graduated from Yokohama College of Art, Textile Design Course.  Exhibited at "TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK", "International Outdoor Art Exhibition “TrollsForest", etc.  Focuses on dyeing and weaving as part of Japanese culture.  Dyes and weaves works by hand that explore new possibilities.

Ukiyo-e painting

Ukiyo-e was born in the Edo Period after the end of long battles, when the world was moving toward peace, and are typical of Japan.  Woodblock paintings of beautiful women, landscapes and Kabuki actors, they are also historical records which reflect the culture and customs of the era.  Black portions used ink, while colors were drawn using chalk and mineral pigments. The works show young people from the late Edo Period vividly painted.

vol. 16 2016 SPRING EXHIBITION

Spring of Life Exhibition

PARK HOTEL TOKYO 25F ART LOUNGE/ OPEN 11:30AM-10:00PM
[Period] March 14 (Mon) – May 29 (Sun), 2016

[Exhibiting artists]
Yuji Moriguchi, Akihiro Misaki, On Yamamoto, Yuki Nagayoshi, Kyoko Komoda,Yuya Koiizuka, Atsushi Kaneoya, Rentaro Kawamoto, Ukiyo-e paintings

Admission Free / Open daily
(*There maybe occasions due to events in The Lounge when viewing is not possible)

The “Spring of Life” Exhibition will be held at the Park Hotel Tokyo, as the 16th ART colours Exhibition, which gives an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Japan’s four seasons in an artistic context.
Spring is the season of melting snow, and "Spring of Life" is the advent of spring in human life.
This is a season which, somewhere between reality, the ideal and delusion, is fun, but also frustrating.  It is a season which marks inner conflict, and is also full of contradictions.
We all remember the delusions and desires of our youth.  When we were young, they were a reality which never escaped us, and remain engraved in a corner of our heart as memories that never vanish, that are always with us.  They are also emotions of the heart that have a great impact on the deep recesses of our mind, men and women, young and old.  One of the facets of art is to try to faithfully capture this indefinable transition.
This exhibition, which takes its inspiration from the Park Hotel Tokyo’s concept of "Infinite time and space amid cognizant Japanese beauty”, will use the entire lounge on the 25th Floor with the Reception. 
It features contemporary artists at the forefront, together with hand-painted Ukiyoe artists who capture the customs of youth in the Edo Period.  Works which reveal "Spring of Life" as captured by each artist, which transcend ages and genres, will be on display throughout the hotel.  At the exhibition venue, explore the positive feeling of spring flowing from the atrium ceiling, and enjoy viewing the works while you are served with desserts and tea. In the evening, we offer original cocktails associated with the works on display, and there’ll also be a projection mapping of the works on exhibit as its motif, on the 30m high wall.
This magical season, also the start of most schools and companies in Japan, is full of feelings like those of youth, with its trepidations and expectations.We hope you'll enjoy spring at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

[Cooperation] Hagurodo, Shinobazu Gallery, Katsumi Yamato Gallery, Fuyama Art
[Produced by] creative unit moon
[Video Production] antymark annex