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OPENING RECEPTION THIS TUESDAY 4/18 AT 7pm Naoaki Funayama+: Shigeru K+Group exhibition -Gift of Somebody-

April 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artist;Naoaki Funayama
Title;Naoaki Funayama Solo Exhibition
bio;Having grown up in a Shizuoka town in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, for Naoaki Funayama, the colossal is quotidian. The goings on at the foot of the mountain can easily seem insignificant trickles in time, microscopic next to the immense. In that sense, Funayama’s local circumstances strongly relate to his art, and his gravitation toward the dinosaur and the volcano, as subject and motif, seems quite natural. Through painting, he creates a bridges between his own experience and Earth’s unremembered millennia.
Often forgoing paleontological accuracy, Funayama’s art re-imagines the world as it could have passed and blurs the lines that place uncovered relics in space and time. Cambrian Period Hallucigenia crawl alongside Jurassic and Cretaceous Period dinosaurs. Colors fade along some of their bodies as camouflage in the forests, plains, and mountain ridges they inhabit. Human figures placed in the foreground would hardly stand out if not for the stark juxtaposition they present. Next to the striking greatness of the dinosaur or the daunting potentiality of the volcano, they are merely members of an audience, onlookers to gods. Still, it is exactly that contrast that is most illuminating. It’s not the missing link, but the pursuit itself – to imagine what could stand in such vastness. What could hold the fossil of the unknown.

Wednesday, 4/19- SUNDAY, 4/23
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Appointment only on Wednesday

Artist;Shigeru K
Title;Happy Days
bio; Shigeru K was born in Tokyo in 1959. In childhood, he saw some comics by Osamu Tezuka, and was influenced by him. He was also greatly influenced by his older brother who had an ambition to be an artist and used to draw illustrations and sketches. He was fascinated by the picture of Millet, Andrew Wyeth, Hiroshige Utagawa and Norman Rockwell. But he had no choice of making his living by becoming an artist. After he graduated from university, he got married, had his family and had worked as a teacher for 30 years. As time passed by and his children got independent and started their own lives, Shigeru made up his mind to take an early retirement for being an artist. In his world, the main characters are usually people, daily life, and natural landscapes, all of which are praise for human and nature. Happiness exists in people’s daily life and it is beautiful. People are deeply impressed with the beauty of nature. He wants to express the feeling of happiness and the great impression in his artworks. He illustrates digital pictures with simple colors and a great impact. He believes that, through his artworks, many people can share his happy world with him.
He applied for “The Gift of Chance!” (the supplement to the book “What They Don’t Teach You About Becoming an Artist in School” by Arisa Itami) in December 2014. He exhibited in Ouchi Gallery’s 10th 100 artists Exhibition “Tokyo” in June 2015, JCAT SHOWCASE-Group Exhibition- in March 2016, Solo Exhibition in November 2016 (in Ouchi Gallery) and Ouchi Gallery’s 11th 100 artists Exhibition “HOME” in February 2017.

Tursday, 4/20- SUNDAY, 4/23
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Closed on Wednesday

Group exhibition -Gift of Somebody-
Artist;Miltata/Aoi Shunkei/Kasumi Maeda/ Yuri Utagawa / Emma/Chisato Tatsuyama/ Aka/MASARU MATSUI/ Yasue Kato/Hanamure Yuki/ Moohwa Kim/Ema Moriya

Monday, 4/17- SUNDAY, 4/30
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Closed on Wednesday


April 18, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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