TUESDAY 5/10 AT OUCHI GALLERY
Opening Reception 5/10
The Art Freaks Guild
Ayako Okada, was born in Tochigi, Japan. She loved to play with animals, draw pictures, and make handiworks when she was a small child. This influence was from her grandfather, as he loved plants and animals and manufacturing in nature. As for her, time with him was in admiration. Spending time together with him were one of the happiest memories when she was a child. But, as she grew up she gradually forgot to play with animals, to draw pictures, and to make handicrafts that she loved in her childhood. She lost sight of herself, and her mind and body were exhausted at the age of 25. She took time off for 3 years and she cried a lot while evaluating herself. She remembered when she was small that was the time she was an enthusiast and live life to the fullest. She says “I am fairy.” bcause a fairy loves flowers, plants, animals, and plays happily. Fairies dwell in works of art which are made by Ayako, who is also a fairy. It’s really a fairy tale. Now she recalled living her life enjoying her own fairy tale.
Her works always involves flowers, plants and animals. They talk happily and play peacefully with many friends. That was the fairy tale world she experienced when she was child. She says that she wants to make people happy through her fairy tale. The trip of her fairy tale began.
Ayamint was born in Tochigi, Japan. She completed her BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Tokyo Zokei University,1997. Since her first solo show at Gallery Conceal in Shibuya, 2007, she has regularly exhibited her works including paintings using acrylic, color pencils, and crayons, as well as collages, and dolls at various galleries in Tokyo.Through her work she hopes to convey how people can be so much more than they think they are and go beyond their limits. ayamint is currently based in Tokyo.
Eriko Tanigawa always enjoy the journey of creativity within her. Her digital camera is a tool which clips each moment and reflects her journey. Her motif is “Nature”. It could be flowers in the fields or moments which wave batters the rocks in the sea.
She is known for the pieces clipping the beauty, vigorous and pure essence or energy nature has.
“Energy wriggles in a silence.
A ray of light appears from the darkness.”
These scenes compels in various ways to the attendees. She said, “Through my art works, I want people to feel that we are always living together with the nature and we are in that nature.”
She was born and raised in Chiba prefecture, full of nature surrounded by sea and mountains. She is a daughter of Kimono shop and her mother was familiar with Japanese tea ceremony so she could spend time in an environment which allows experience to the Japanese traditional cultures in her daily life.
Ever since she was little, she had strong impulse to express something. After her long quest, this “Something” became through Photographs and Paintings. Since 2013, she has periodically participated in workshops for creators held by painter Sidd Murray-Clark. Devoting into painting, her quest of herself is going even deeper and its effect could be seen through her recent photographs. Her recent pieces show beginning of transition to abstract photographs. And now she is embarking to combine her photographs and painting, and taking essence of traditional culture (such as Kimono & Japanese art of tea ceremony) into her art works. She said, “With continuous transformation of my inner side, what I want express and the tool will continue to change. That is my art and joy.”
I really liked the coin purse (Gama-Guchi) that my grand mother made for me when I was a little girl.
That’s how I got interested in the Gama-Guchi purse.
I couldn’t make it well in the beginning , but I try to remember how much I loved the purse and I was able to learn how to make them from my teacher. And as I practised to make more and more, I was able to sell my own coin purses.
The charm on this purse is in the shape of the purse, and most importantly the claps closes perfectly. Also there are so many varieties with so many different type of materials and metals.
I became a teacher to teach how to make Gama-Guchi purse 4 years ago. Mainly I was teaching my friends but I was asked to teach at the craft stores and also teach at peoples houses as well.
About 3 years ago, I was asked to teach at Shidax Cultural Works in Shibuya Tokyo and all the classes were full.
So many people were very interested to learn from me so I have started to rent the gallery for myself in Yokohama Japan.
Yuko Kimbara was born in downtown Tokyo. Her family was divided into Christians and Buddhists but lived harmoniously, and she grew up with the ideas of both. When she became a teenager, she began to ask the question, “Why do people live even though they’re destined to die?” Seeking the answer, she majored in psychology in University, and also went on a pilgrimage to India, but the answer didn’t appear. After graduating, she went to work managing a bridal jewelry company, after a variety of jobs. She spent every day fascinated by the beauty of the diamond jewelry, but she retired in 2008 in the aftermath of her mother’s death. She wanted to get an answer about the reason for life, and to live according to the answer.
That year, Kimbara met a spiritual teacher, who taught her the philosophy of advaita vedanta (a school of Hinduism). Advaita preaches that “All that exists is a manifestation of holy consciousness (God).” She decided to live according to this philosophy, because it was aware that the same ideas exist within Christianity and Buddhism. The spiritual teacher was also a painter, who painted in a technique called Jinen-unpitsuhou (Method of the Natural Brush) as a way to express the spirit of advaita’s recognition that “God is only one expressionist and I’m just a tool for his expression.” According to this method, they are expected to throw away the judgment of the quality of the representation that came out through their own hands, and to accept results as they are. Kimbara has incorporated this idea into her hobby of making accessories.
Her desire is to glorify God as a symbol of the sacred, so in many cases, the themes of her work are the gods of Hinduism and Buddhism, and angels of Christianity. She has been involved in three religions in her life until now; the mixing of these religions in her work is based on her belief that the source of each religion is same. She set up an atelier in the summer of 2009, and has been active mainly in art events and spiritual events in Japan as creator of accessories.
Growing up in Izu Peninsula, surrounded by nature covered in mountains and sea, Mizuka Inoue experienced firsthand “living is an art”. In the autumn when she was seven, the dearest person in her life died. After that she found a way to heal her spirit through painting as an everyday practice. Since then, she has placed faith in art as a healing process. She has found a life support in the bare existence of her spirit’s voice, in the encountering of her spirit’s essence.
Impressed by the profound depth of Indian philosophy and Prajna Yoga, Inoue began practicing meditation and breath control (Pranayama) in 1985. The following year, she started studying the artworks and Anthroposophie of Rudlolf Steiner. From 2001 to 2010, she took art classes and art therapy training courses based on the theories of Dr. Hauschka. In 2003, she took an art retreat with the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland where she studied healing. In 2002, she met Yogi J. Vallicherry of south India, who she trained with over the course of a decade. Vallicherry gave her individual instruction on the essence of Yoga, the breathing techniques and the art of meditation. Having had such experiences, Inoue decided to integrate such practices with the aroma therapy, art therapy and healing work that she had been doing up until then. While an artistic inspiration on the one hand, her original work, elevated by that cross pollination, is also highly regarded in a variety of fields, from education to medical care, to regional revitalization.
Everything originates from the light and the color that springs forth from the spaces of mediation, love and prayer. There, Mizuka Inoue’s paintings find their source, in the light and color within all humans, vibrating love, peace, serene bliss, what we touch as we become open to the ecstasy of being alive.
ITEC Aroma Therapist
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Yoga Siromani
July 2015, Solo Exhibition at St. Luke’s Gallery in St. Luke’s International Hospital, Tokyo
Momo Kawaguchi was born and raised in Tokyo.
Since she was a child, she has communed with the surrounding nature like trees, flowers, the sky and Mother Earth, and has loved to play around with them.
She also loved to draw, and after she graduated with a Graphic Design major, she worked for a company that produced fun stationery for children.
After she left the company, she started her career as a freelance illustrator.
She eventually started to long for expressing something which naturally floods from inside of her, rather than something commercial.
Her inside is always connected to the great nature, and from that nature, she has wished to draw water from the fountain, sing the sound of rustling leaves, give somebody a bouquet of collected flowers, and to draw the art which represents life.
The distinguishing characteristic of her art is the way she uses color.
A lot of her artworks are vividly colored, and give people the impression of emotional and powerful viability.
She draws peoples’ various emotions, darkness, and love behind the thoughts, a space filled with the light, internal silent voice, the vibrant of the light and lives flooding like singing, and joy.
She intends to remind one of their own essence of life and internal space through her artworks.
Sumire Sugisaki grew up in Saitama, Japan, just east of Tokyo. Her work is multi-faceted; she is a painter, healer, and also a designer of an original style of jewelry called “Marakah.” Through her work, Sugisaki maintains some influence from her formative years as a child immersed in a world of daydreams and also as a teenager troubled by a discomfort she felt in expressing herself. During these years, in search of a truer sense of self, she turned towards the spiritual world. While also cultivating her passion for painting, music and other forms of art, she explored meditation. This allowed her to make contact with a truer sense of her being and also something greater. When she meditated, she could feel herself opening up to the presence of light and the guiding of spirits. She made it her mission then to better understand these spirits and communicate that with the world. In July of 2010 she completed a spiritual healing course in Nakameguro, Tokyo at Dynavision.co, where she also held her first solo exhibition. United by a spiritual theme, her representative work depicts the Guan Yin Goddess of Mercy. Through her art she conveys the message that spirits exist to watch over us. “When I begin painting, I don’t know what will unfold on the canvas,” she says. For her, making art isn that manner is similar to a healing session. On a large wooden board, she use acrylic paint to depict what she has seen in meditation, the messages she has received. Depending on the piece, this process can take a few months or just thirty minutes to complete. Still, every single piece contains the healing power over that place, people and problems. As a healer, Sugisaki channels the guardian angels, existing to protect her clients as both a master and spiritual guide. She is an artist in the process of creating a single portrait of the world. Sugisaki says, “our guides are always sending us the messages we need just as we need them. To everyone who sees these pictures. I hope you will feel the Shining Light Within You.” http://sumire-sugisaki.com
Yasmin is a belly dance instructor, and has been active as a henna artist since 2012.
Henna Art has been handed down in areas such as the Middle East and North Africa since ancient times as the body art of purification. She admires this beautiful tradition, and wants to express it not only in a form of the body art. Therefore she started to paint henna art on candles.
Yasmin studied making candles under Japanese candle artist, maSmi, who is a director of Nonprofit Organization Candle Artists Association (Her candles are only available in the gallery of France), and became a certified candle artist in Oct. 2014. She believes that handmade candles can bring out the charm of henna art, rather than candles of mass-production. That’s why she makes candles by herself.
Yasmin draws henna art on the top surface and the side of the handmade candles. In the top and side, implications of henna art is different. Side motif is ornamental, and top surface motif is viewed in the mind. When you light the candle, the wax begins to melt, henna art motif drawn on the top surface will continue to sink slowly into it.
Henna art is illuminated by the flame, shining in the clear wax. This fills with tranquility the heart of the viewer. This moment is truly luxurious time between you and the candle.
EXHIBITION: 5/11, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 5/15, SUNDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(Appointments only on Wednesday)
JCAT GALLERY SHOWCASE 15 OPENING
JCAT SHOWCASE 15 -Group Exhibition-
5/10 TUESDAY 7:00PM – 10:00PM
EXHIBITION: 5/12 THURSDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM – 5/15 SUNDAY 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
(Closed on Wednesday)