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Hirata expresses her emotions through her art using color.
She is simultaneously an artists as well a hairdresser. Her favorite skill of hairdressing is the dying of hair. The artist has been fascinated by color since she was young. Her personality is sociable but at the same time, Hirata is a sensitive introvert who is not good at expressing her emotions in words.
Therefore, the artist believes that art is a wonderful way of describing emotions that are beyond languages-how she feels about life, love, painful events, hope, and when she feels beautiful.
For some of her pieces, she uses black. It is symbolic of the dark side every person can possess. There are two sides to many things in this world, including the concept of beauty. It is for this reason that she often depicts multiple facets of people and events in her art, even when not using black.
Yuiko Amano was born in 1990 in Tsukuba City and grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Nara city, Japan. She excelled in science and engineering and later attended university in Kyoto, where she majored in civil engineering. After graduating, she participated in the research and development of observational instruments (e.g. hydrophone). Following this, she moved to London and began a new major in architecture and urban design. Later, her interest shifted to the field of fine art and she focused on her representative language and was based in the sculpture studio at the Royal College of Art.
The main concept in her art is ‘mirage’ – this term can be understood as meaning ‘fake utopia’, and it has many issues. She is sculpting a dystopian scene of the interior of the ‘delusional sphere’ (a representation of the mirage, which is defined as an invisible and intangible or unseen element). The sphere includes imperialistic feudal society, and its various hierarchical systems are embodied in the form of quadrangular pyramids. From the perspective of a Japanese female, she elucidates the problems that are at the root of the friction and emotional hatred between neighbouring countries and projects them into her work, starting from her country’s political and geopolitical factors. She would like to highlight and sculpt the various ‘mirages’ which are caused by the essence of imperialism introduced by her country, its heritage and its effect on today’s society, and the accompanying principles of imperialism from a global perspective, with an experimental and interactive attempt.
Born in 1981, Akiyama has drawn since 2017 to explore the Japanese art system and to add his own contribution to it. At the beginning of 2021, the artist held his first official exhibition in MADS Art gallery in Milano before presenting his works at Gallery 21 in Tokyo. In 2022 he plans to hold an exhibition in Ueno Royal Museum of Tokyo.
Usually, cracks carry a negative image; they can be linked to interpersonal relationships, social relations, or/and material elements like buildings or houses.
“What changes when something cracks ?” asks the artist.
According to him, if we see something cracked as something changed, then it is possible to perceive the positive aftermath of this shock.
A crack offers new possibilities that allow us to see how we can change our future. “Through my art, I hope that you can see the cracks as an opening towards new horizons.”
Kim Tina currently works at the Tina Kim Center of Fine Arts Research in the Busan National University. She is also a member of Busan Art Association.
2021, Hello: The time Tina gave people to appreciate her memories is the perfect moment to talk about her own story. The public and the artist are sitting face to face talking. For example: “Oh really? That’s right. Time flies by so fast. Tina Kim actually thinks the most comfortable moment for her is when she does not express anything. Immersion is her story unfolding in the future. Tina does not know when her story will be passed onto viewers again nor how the conversation with the public goes on. That is the reason why she records the conversations and explores her surroundings.
If you are not born with any purpose in this world, but you have no choice but to do certain things under any circumstances, isn’t that the purpose of being born into this world? For Taehun Kwon, the purpose of his life and the reason he was born is art. In 2008, at the age of 18, he went to an art gifted class and decided to become an artist, and then went through various experiences in his 20s. Now, through his art, he explores his purpose, his reason for being born into this world, enabling him to live fully as himself.
When photography became commonplace through cameras and ‘representation’ of visible objects became meaningless, Cézanne ‘expressed’ on canvas what photography could not do. Taehun Kwon believes his work is not to ‘reproduce’ the world as he sees it. Rather than ‘reproducing’ the world as he sees it as the subject, he carefully and delicately expresses himself on the canvas with his own colours, dots, lines, and faces.
The process has meaning and value. In the process, the limits of thinking gradually disappear, and the value of imagination that is impossible in reality is maximised. Taehun Kwon thinks the world is constructed of points, lines, and planes. In a small way, in everyday life, a person seen far away is shown as a dot, and the boundary line is shown as a line, and when the head is raised, the form of a slowly flowing cloud is expressed as a plane. Furthermore, in the infinite universe, each planet, such as the Earth, appears as a single dot. In his work, he ‘expresses’ his thoughts as ‘dots, lines, and faces’, constructing and arranging them in a formative manner.
Sun Hyung Jung is an illustrator and artist based in Seoul. She has graduated from Ewha Woman’s University with a fashion design major.
In her art, she is inspired by the warm moments, feelings between people in everyday life. She mainly works with acrylics, but she also uses other media, including silkscreen, lithograph, etc. She hopes her works bring comfort to the spectators.
Sun Hyung JUNG
Sunhwa’s Western-style paintings are works capturing the natural lights with fabrics. The artist immersed herself in the unique colours she uses for her artworks. The silhouette and colours reproduction of the non-delicate objects expressed in fabrics makes the public feel the aura of Oriental beauty and modern minimalism. Moreover, the unique volume and colours reproduced by fabrics create a different atmosphere depending on time and place. This gives the viewers the opportunity to see the charm of the work at every moment in the current space to which they belong.
Sunhwa feels euphoric when the scraps of cloth that are often scattered around or cut off by clothing repairs find their place where they are needed and shine like a perfect puzzle in her paintings. Using the unique colours and texture of fabrics, the material is mainly applied as an object. Through this, it tries to stimulate the public’s imagination by crossing boundaries between figurative and hemispherical. The fabrics used primarily as objects are made by traditional Korean methods, pursuing a modern harmony between Western and Eastern beauties.
Sophie Donatien was born in 1967 in Martinique, where she works and lives. Her means of expression is painting with elements of collage created from natural and recycled materials, marking man’s trace on the environment. From 1987 to 1995, she studied at Belle Arti of Florence, Italy and at Ecole du Louvre in Paris. After years of teaching, she has devoted herself to creating since 2019, exploring how, between Figuration and Abstraction, the encounter of materials manifests the Human presence in Nature.
Inspired by apparently antinomic materials, which give birth to surprising encounters, she creates compositions that aim at giving life to matter, through imitation or collage, through the mixing or juxtaposition of elements coming from nature or artefacts. In her everyday life, beyond selective recycling, she indulges in an improvised domestic sorting based on colour, shape or texture. The worn-out enhances the new, the natural embraces the artificial, the illusory consumes the real, the mundane and the noble mix with each other, in the interplay of brushes which splash or melt, of hammers which wrinkle, of clamps which wring and distort. The glue fixes, and becomes colour or matter, among the lids, capsules, plugs, nets, exotic bark, which try to escape the sprayers. The juxtaposition of elements plunges me her into magical encounters.
Sooman Moon was born in 1962. After having graduated with a Fine Arts Master’s degree, Moon organised more than twenty-eight exhibitions consisting of solo and group exhibitions. He also participated in more than two hundred various art events. Since 2020, his artist residence is the JH Gana Workshop in South Korea.
The theme at the heart of Moon’s works is “the expression through immersion of the will for freedom”. Immersion confers to the artist this sensation of dominating the painting with an infinite imagination. His previous job as an engineer allowed him to develop a sense of very meticulous disposition in the space he has in front of him. This appears clearly in his works as a source of a persistent artistic concentration.
A few words about his set called “Series of Cloud” :
“Time flies as an arrow. As she ages, the rapidity of life accelerates.” This means that there are more incidents that come from tests, and its impact on us is harsher. A lot of these incidents are organised as precisely as leaves of clouds or small rice grains. The artist’s work is opposed to this concept. He likes to try new things and offer the spectator the possibility to watch the evolution that appears from one artwork to another along/over time.
Danish-born painter Sarah Winther Lagersted has been working as an artist since 2017. She creates paintings with acrylic paint markers on paper. Sarah has studied Art History at The American University of Rome and the University of Cambridge while attending Fine Art courses at the university in Rome, Richmond Adult Community College in London and NY Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Sarah exhibited in Sweden in 2019 and will be participating in the Paris Art Fair in September 2021.
Fascinated by colour theories and contrasts, the artist creates paintings with intense colour palettes inspired by the subject matter that challenges the idea of colours and how we usually see them.
While studying Art History, she discovered a particular interest in Expressionism, Pop Art and Street Art, which has highly influenced her work and approach to art making, as well as her latest series depicting life after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.
As seen in her previous work, she has found inspiration in iconic images from pop culture and focuses on relating it to our present society and current situations. Her latest series portrays the new struggles and difficulties we currently face in a world changed by the pandemic. Going through these difficult and uncertain times, she finds it important to draw from the lighter things in life to deal with life’s absurdity. This is why her approach to the representation of these times has been from a humorous perspective.
Yang Yun SEOK
Born in 1991, currently working in South Korea.
I’m an artist from South Korea.
The main subject of my works start from questioning about opposing things, like
gap between ideals and reality or boundary between life and death.
I’m a self-taught artist.
I have always drawn pictures since childhood because I felt always drawn to art.
Graduated from Junior College of Ryukoku University(I studied abroad in UK).
From April 2021 studying at Musashino Art University.
I used to work in fashion before.
Since I fell in love with art when I was studying in UK, I’ve been painting animals with acrylics portraying them in a creative style. I express myself trying to convey my passion, with the vivid colours and my own composition. And due to this I have developed a reputation both nationally and internationally. Inspired by nature, the universe and the earth full of life, I paint from a unique perspective. I am passionate about animals in the wilderness around us, and I express their cries in my art... The earth is not only for humans!
I would like to continue my creation on the theme of environmental issues, nature conservation and world peace for a brighter future.
B.F.A and M.F.A in University of Seoul, Environmental sculpture Department
1988, Insa Gallery
2004, 2004 KPAM Exhibitions
2006, Koyang Art Fair
2015, Daejon international Art show
2020, sooho Gallery
1995, The 10th Seoul Modern Sculpture Competition-Grand Prize
Aesthetically, "Torso" refers to the crystalline remains of parts of the body naturally removed in the course of historical and physical time. They are originally symbolic sculptures of specially selected figures such as heroes or gods from ancient times.
If you look at the modern meaning of "torso" from a philosophical perspective, everything about human beings is removed except for the "existence” of human body mass. In other words, torso represents the essence of human beings.
My work borrows this symbolic image of "Torso" to express various aspects of human nature by combining the pictorial elements of abstraction with various objects.
Miho ENDO, born in December 20, 1986, Fukuoka, Japan
Japanese painter of the impressionist style
Educated in the Liberal Arts University both in California, the U.S, and Barcelona, Spain.
As a self-taught artist, I mainly traveled Italy, France, Spain, and the U.K, to learn the beauty of European nature.
Since I was little, I loved Monet's paintings because of my mother's influence, and I was very attracted TO the West. Until high school I lived in Japan, then I went to college in USA and Spain. I miss the time when on my holidays when I was a student, I went to the museums in England ands spent time painting on the banks of the Seine.Then, I wanted to draw a picture that can combine the beauty and healing of the East
and the West. In Japan, there is a unique traditional craft of bowl called "kintsugi". In the Western art
something "perfect" is preferred more, but in Japan, you put a crack in a bowl and pour gold into it. It expresses "beauty that can only be achieved because of scratches". While aiming for perfection, my painting still has some childish parts, but I feel that it may be healing. I hope that all the people will see the picture and feel a sense of security and healing.
My early design career creations utilized high tech materials and were exhibited in the Science Museum in London, the Science Gallery in Dublin. Trained in academic painting, I moved to UK to study Performance Design at St. Martins College, University of the Arts London. As a multi-award-winning designer with works ranging from art to theatre and high fashion, with features in Vogue, cover of Elle and other fashion
industry’s leading publications. Hailed as a “Best New Talent” by The Wall Street Journal I am now focusing on creating fine art.
Studying performance design and working in theatre in the early stage of my career has had a profound impact on the way I convey ideas and express artistic value in my practice. Although I was trained in Academic drawing and painting, I was always drawn to contemporary forms of expression and the sculptural dimensionality of art. Through my art I seek visually striking, dramatic shapes, rich textures and materials associated with stagecraft. My goal is to make art that is arresting and has strong, dazzling presence. I like to experiment with visual imbalances, contrasts and full array of materials ranging from metal, plastic, resin, paint, powder, found objects, fabrics, glitter as well as natural materials like crushed rocks, crushed leaves and flowers. Thematically my practice revolves around the concept of time and nature: altered or artificial nature, modification of environments, acceleration of growth and changing ecosystems. My work investigates the juxtaposition of times and contexts, exploring how time is irrelevant in some situations, how various time frames coexist in our mind.
“Natural Selection” and “Uta kata (means “bubbles floating on water” in classical Japanese, like
“fleeting” or “frail” in English.)”, are my core concepts. Every “destruction” happens for a reason and the same is true of every “creation”, and once it happens, this “great flow” transcends our human-oriented thoughts immediately. This is “Natural Selection”. A thing that exists here as usual will disappear in the very next moment like “a bubble”. This is “Uta kata”. My execution is an attempt to depict the transience and to capture the breathtaking beauty of that moment in ever-shifting conditions. My execution is an ironic act against activities that go against (or, making not a harmony but a conflict against) natural selection and their emotions lying in those activities. My execution is an attempt that focuses on this moment rather than regressive Primitivism and utopian ideas. I grasp this two concepts asking a question that if every “destruction” and “pain” (like “hurt who you love”, “do damage to nature”, “die of covid-19”, “assume others have the virus” and etc...) happens for the reason and nothing is meaningless in the end, what we can do is not to adore the past and not to worry about the future. We are living in a world ever shifts and nobody can stand at the rudder. That’s why I execute my works thinking of “natural selection” and “Uta kata” and giving hope.
Grace Jihyeon Lee (b. 1999) is an artist who was born in South Korea and raised in Japan and the United States. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020. Also, her paintings are owned by Johns Hopkins Hospital Remington as permanent collections. She has exhibited her painting in Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. as well.
My artworks grow out of a desire to comfort others who have experienced similar forms of trauma and sadness. Through my peaceful color palette and expansive compositions, I seek to offer an aesthetic space for comfort and empathy in which the viewer can resolve their own challenges. All of my artworks are made for the purpose of psychological therapy. I believe that the ways of comforting people are
varied: giving a solution for issues, giving a warm hug, or sincerely empathizing with their sorrows. By revealing my mental and physical illness that I had in the past, I want to understand, comfort, and share one’s sorrow with those who have experienced the same circumstances. When people are depressed, they have a tendency to find people who are similar to support each other. I like to address these without literal symbols and I prefer very subtle choices of colors and images. Creating an image that could heal
and comfort people is my task in a study of art. As a painter and performer, I most value the interaction between the artwork, the audience, and my work. If I could heal people through my artwork, that is the ultimate reward for creating art.
Do Yup LEE
Focus art fair porto 9.3ㅡ23
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Start art fair-saatchi gallery 10.21ㅡ25
Bonjour. 당신의 이야기.ㅡ malong art center 2020.6.8ㅡ20
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In the asian part, you can imagine what would happen if the other person was me.
In the western part, you can imagine what would happen if I were the other person.
I am a London based artist who loves to travel and explore different cultures and places. I am a big foodie, I love to experiment with food myself but also to try new places and cuisines. Yoga is my escape and a way to relax and destress. It helps me to get back my focus and inspiration.
As an artist, I eat, breath and sleep colour. I find colour to be the most fascinating thing in art and life. It controls our emotions and brings memories. I usually use light and bright colours in my art because I want my paintings to bring out only positive vibes. I also feel strong connection with nature and animals and I am trying to reflect this love in my art.
Since 2001, Shimizu Ryo has produced advertisement videos and music videos. Since 2018, the artist detached himself from this first aspiration to focus more on painting and increasing his artistic expression.
For eighteen years, he was a video artist looking for a multitude of profiles to put in front of his video camera. According to him, there is always a big difference between the person he thinks and imagines and the true person in reality. This produces gaps between thoughts and the environment where each individual evolves as well as the context of intimacy. With time, this gap can be decreased, but the unpredictable separations that were created can bring social troubles. He expresses the barriers between him and others via the sound in the video. These noises surrounding him are transposed on the canvas. This act is aimed to restrain empathy and immersion in the painting.
Deconstruction of the self and reconstruction of freedom, Oussamh explores his creations by mirroring a universal human truth through his primal, instinctual expressions. Showcasing how an emotion is brought into being. Finding the honesty in the illusion, making sense of the nonsense and ending the order within the chaos. Oussamh received his BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Visual Arts and Humanities from York University in Toronto. Oussamh’s work has been exhibited in multiple shows and international art fairs in New York, London, Beirut and Venice. He’s currently exhibiting with Artual Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon.
With each artwork, Oussamh invites the audience to embark on a journey that begins with bold shapes, strokes, fine lines and splatters. It starts to take form into a universe of oxymorons, metaphors and onomatopoeia. Gentle yet controversial messages and images of fantastic confessions; that in the world we live in, our most insane delusions, fantasies and reality, in their detail, are all intertwined.
Attributing emotions and reactions throughout every stroke of brush, using it as a device for personifying the rawest of inanimate objects and natural phenomena. Therefore, allocating the rawest human characteristics to other living creatures, organisms, matter and energy from the whole Universe. Captivating the cosmos in its sweetness and bitterness.
Mo Xiyue’s practice in art has always been inspired by everyday life and her personal experiences. She tried to explore what was in her surroundings, such as places, objects and people. In order to really merge into society and the world.
This series of twenty paintings recreates the everyday scenes in her accommodation back in the UK, during the artists time in self-quarantine from COVID-19. During that time, she had to learn to cope with the loneliness that resulted from her experience and build a deeper bond with her surroundings. She started to observe the little details that she had overlooked before, seeking and appreciating the beauty in them.
Art has been Yamine’s sole purpose in communicating and expression. Colour and technique are languages of transporting images. Yamine has had experience in painting for over twenty years. Initially, she started her studies in interior architecture and, over the years, found herself back at what she loves most: painting and creating.
Yamine recently started to showcase her body of work because she believes it is time. In her artworks, she focuses on the emotional state of being in a moment in time. We are conditioned to feel, think, and perceive. Social conditioning has the capability of reinventing humanity. Deep down, she recognised she did not accept these social dynamics. Once she understood that she could break free from the social limits, she discovered that she was able to release her flow of deep-set awakenings into her canvases the best she knew how. She is enticed by what colour is.
She looks at nature and finds a perfect combination of colour, mesmerised by perfection and completely thrown off by unexpected mistakes that take her to a different layer of discovery. Storytelling with every stroke, and revealing shades with every layer. To her, colour is a language and a universe.
Through matter and colours, with an Impasto technique, Marc Gönz plays with the density of the painting. The artist produces his own pigments and oil paints. The volume of the brushstrokes created, on numerous occasions, three-dimensional pieces and textural relief work.
He tries by any means to make his brushstrokes vibrant and vigorous but also grotesque and primary. With his brushstrokes of pictorial mass that he overlays on top of one another, he allows himself to be engrossed by an intuitive and unreasoned sense of play. The painter’s purpose is to get closer to the more spiritual and deep part of the unconscious. He wants to reach the essence of the latter.
Midway between figuration and abstraction, Marc Gönz paints faces, beings that which seem to emerge from his innermost. Nature plays an important role for him. In a society where digitalisation takes a more significant place, Gönz’s work is, therefore, an opportunity to reconnect with our ancestral nature.
Maiko Kikuchi received her BA in Theatre Arts and Fashion Design from Musashino Art University, Japan in 2008, and her MFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in 2012. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in illustration, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, animation and puppetry/ performance. She has also committed her artistic career to the music industry, creating music videos for a number of musicians and bands in Japan and the U.S.
Making “Visible Daydream” is the coherent purpose for her creation. What, then, is her daydream? She defines it as her imaginary world that lurks in her ordinary life. The daydream consists of elements in her daily life, seeming familiar and unusual, distorted.
The first time she created her daydream was at her father’s old office when she was four years old. Her father is a psychoanalyst, and he had a big wooden box filled with sand and tons of miniature figures displayed on a shelf in his office room at that time. That was there for a type of children’s therapy called “Sandplay therapy” a method by which the doctor was able to analyse a child’s unconscious thoughts by the miniature world they created with the toys on the sand landscape inside of the box. Every time she went to his office, she was very attracted to the act of making her little world inside of the box. They are all the elements of this real world but depending on how you place them, the world becomes unusual, and it makes her imagine all the different stories behind them. When it was time to clean up, and she had to go home, the sand world felt like it had been a dream.
Kenji Kawakami was born in Anan City in 1984, in Tokushima Prefecture. He graduated from the Kyoto University of the arts in 2009.
Kenji creates his artworks on an iPad focusing on the genre of portraiture. The original artworks are digital, then printed on canvas and displayed in exhibitions as copies. His wish is to leave a work that makes us feel warmth, and that sails between reality and imagination.
His artwork called Hope and Despair is inspired by Frankl’s night and fog. Kenji drew a person trying to find hope even in an inescapable destiny. In this piece, he wanted to make the viewer imagine life and death by resting the concept of time on the screen.
His other artwork, called Solo exhibition, is the way for him to portray an artist holding a solo exhibition. This impression aims at opening the door and entering an artist’s mind. In this exhibition, parents and children are all joined to create a new community, watching the works of the artist character of the painting.
His wish is for the work to deliver a sense of warmth, allowing the viewer to experience/sail between reality and imagination.
The series called ‘Interior’, offered to the public by Ji Hye Yoo, is a composition of twelve portraits where they aim to discover different worlds. In these paintings, the artist depicts the daily life of twelve people in order for the spectator to understand each of their personalities. She enjoys getting to know the personality of the people she meets as she believes that every character is different. The artist’s interest is represented in this diversity of personalities that appear from various angles within her work.
All of the people Yoo meets make her realise that she is not connected to/detached from her inner self and only attracted to other people’s feelings. This is why Yoo has made a new series that attempts to create introspection. It wasn’t easy for Yoo to detach herself from her original theme: Other people. Thanks to Yoo’s new paintings, she expresses her inner feelings to share them with the spectator. This way, the artist also engages in a state of auto-therapy from the problems she faced during her childhood.
“Heoyu” is the name the artist has chosen for herself. But “Heoyu” is more than a name. It takes on the role of a symbol and is thus representative of her thoughts as a whole.
虛, 有 / empty but present
It seems to be empty but yet there is something. Emptiness doesn’t mean the void. It just looks as if there is nothing.
虛 → 有 / to exist by means of the emptiness
Only in the state of emptiness can things exist. Nothing can be present without knowing this previous state. As we have known this empty state, we can appreciate how it changes due to the appearance of an object.
虛 = 有 / emptiness is another form of existence.
As such, we can perceive the void in the same way that we can perceive the coming into existence of something. This realisation has made me observe the void in different ways. Perhaps the world exists only in an/the empty state.
The artist has not made any plans since she gave herself the name “Heoyu”. As she cannot anticipate the apparitions, plans do not seem that useful. She only observes the apparitions and synthesises them in an attempt to find commonality.
It has been said that philosophers continue to seek knowledge until they no longer understand it. This is similar to the situation of the artist. They attempt to answer their own questions and struggle to find the answer. Their work is the result of this struggle. Eventually, they realise that Art cannot be defined. This is why they never stop painting, drawing, writing, singing, dancing... Likewise, “Heoyu” as an artist maintains the same pattern, continuing to pursue these activities.
Faiza is a self-taught abstract artist from the United Kingdom. Her art is the product of who she is and is a result of her memories, experiences and dreams. Mubarak’s work is greatly influenced by her diverse background; from her childhood growing up in Saudi Arabia, to her British roots combined with Pakistani and Zanzibari influences. Faiza has exhibited her work across Europe, including Milan and Paris. Upcoming exhibitions will be taking place in Genova, Cologne and London.
Each piece of artwork that Faiza creates is a discovery of her truth and an expression of her inner voice. When painting, Mubarak follows her unconscious, and each piece is guided by the initial textures that she creates. Each layer of colour and texture added guides her next creation. From this, Faiza tries to capture the perfect in the imperfect. The final piece only emerges once the chaos disappears into a beautiful harmony of textures and colour.
Erik Neimeijer (1982) was educated as a Social Psychologist and plays guitar and sings
in the non-stop touring Dutch rockband Bökkers. In the summer of 2017 he had his first
art-exhibition and started painting and showing his art at a incredible pace at several
Dutch and Dutch-Caribean galleries in the same non-stop manner he plays his music.
A 25-paintings solo-exhibition opened at the 27th of July at the Herman Brood Museum in
the Netherlands in 2019. In the fall of 2019 his paintings were exhibited in DAC
Concepts Gallery in Greece and at Red Dot Miami, during Miami Art Basel in Florida.
He describes his vibrant figurative works as being imbued with a "Caribbean vibe". Neimeijer often depicts gambling men, planes, bulls, musicians, cars, lovers, and tropical scenes. He creates using acrylics on canvas.
Emily Hung is a Hong Kong-based printmaking artist. Hung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with an Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Hung’s obsession with refined details dates back to her earliest childhood. The beauty in them is so unique that it has never ceased to fascinate her. In her case, working on details, far from to painstakingly stick to a set of rules, means, by drawing and etching on the copper plate meticulously, to deliver the beauty of lines.
The Japanese book “Truth in Fantasy” discusses a belief which claims that, as long as human beings find their faith in the existence of animals or objects, this deified existence can transcend human beings (sentence doesn’t make sense). With delicate lines and tonal gradations in intaglio prints, she imagined herself as animals from folktales, and extends the destinies of these animal gods.
In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu is the sun deity. Because of work and emotional pressure, she had to retire in the depth of a cave allowing the monsters to escape and dive into the world of darkness. The other deities united their strengths to hers in order to bring back balance to the universe.
In the three works exhibited here, Hung takes the personality of Amaterasu in order to narrate her tale: life in troublesome times, where we all can feel overwhelmed by difficulties and obstacles.
Venie was born in 1970, she grew up and studied in the region of Paris. Despite her early interest and practice of the arts, she started her artistic career in 2017 by learning the techniques of oil painting through professional workshops. She started by painting landscapes and portraits, but she rapidly found a desire to express herself entirely without limiting herself to describing something she sees. She stopped her professional career in human resources to fully commit to becoming a painter
Venie uses acrylic paint, working in a spontaneous, intuitive and expressive style, welcoming each impulse of form and colour, without judgment of any kind. Venie gives her work the necessary space so that the spectators may let go and be astonished; she even wants her works to give birth to undiscovered treasures. She wishes to welcome all of these feelings, without giving the opportunity to her conscience to identify with a body because if she did, it wouldn’t be one anymore but two.
Abstract painting allows this unconditional welcome and an introspective dialogue. She watches what comes to her in her life, under multiple angles in order to be sure she can welcome it. The artist answers to what she perceives by carrying on with a delicate touch and balance so that she doesn’t intimidate what has to come, this whisper of life, that sometimes makes a figurative form appear.
With this embracing energy, her artworks full of poetry and hope may express. The harmony and the power brought out by the softness of the colours and curves she paints, give a sense of welcome and goodwill to the spectator. The artist’s creations focus on what emerges and not on what breaks down. The welcoming of oneself is at heart in her paintings. Her creative process encourages us to live in a harmonious dimension where we are ourselves. Her works show us it is better to be in a caring world where our inner child finds its place.
Teyé Lee was born in Daegu in 1985, in South Korea. After a decade working as a creative director in advertising agencies Teyé ventured to dedicate himself fully to chemical photography and alternative processes, which he mixes with traditional Oriental and Occidental printing techniques and materials, to create photographic art that awakens spirits and sparks emotions.
We are on the verge of losing the value of handcrafts due to the rapid industrialization, modernization. At the same time, the identity of our own culture is declining. Those who inherit and develop traditional artisanal process still thrive to exist in Korean society by going back to the cultural traditions everyday. For their actions of preservation of their history, their culture and traditions, they can be called “superhumans of ou modern society”.
2012 MFA with Honors, Major in Japanese Painting, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
The main exhibits and awards are as follows.
2019 Solo Exhibition "Survivers" (GALLERY b.tokyo, Tokyo, Japan)
2018 AcrylGouacheBiennale2018 "Honorable mention" (Turner Gallery, Tokyo, Japan) 2015 KOBE Biennale 2015 [Painting art Exhibition] Honorable mentions (MERIKEN)
PARK, Kobe, Japan)
Until now, I have repeatedly drawn the people who are walking on the streets, and tried to extract everyday life and express it through my works, which proves the fact that people existed here. However, due to the influence of Corona, everyday life has changed completely. Everyone are wearing masks and coexisting with the virus, and each person's face became less visible. Even if I draw on the streets like before, I realize that I am always under threat. Even if you look at the people who are laughing, their facial expressions are not clear, and you can hear the hustle and bustle somewhere. Even if I feel lonely sometimes, by continuing drawing people who are surviving and cutting out their daily lives is the proof that they are alive now.
Because of this time, I would like to continue to create works that face the current situation and may enrich the viewer's days.
Yamaga was born in 1984 and has been drawing since his early childhood. Yamaga began working as a hair artist, where he worked in New York for eight years from 2010.
Then, while traveling, Yamaga was painting pictures of Africa. After returning to Japan, he started his artistic career.
In his creative process, Yamaga explores the balance between opposing subjects, such as: representational and abstract, East and West, heavy and light, masculine and feminine, imagination and reality, shadow and light, conscious and unconscious etc.
During his travels in South America and Africa the artist used to sketch the different sights he would observe. He developed his own sense of beauty and expressed it on canvas. His wish is that his artworks leave some trace in the memory of the viewers and have some good impact on them.
A graduate of Tama Art University in the design section, and collaborator of the AGORA gallery in New York, Takuya Sugiyama is an abstract painter producing animal motifs on canvas. It is based on “capturing all the energies of the world, their interactions and resonances” in order to better transcribe reality.
He is one of the representatives of modern abstract painting, in which the world appears as energy, as a series of intertwining lines imitating reality. He has notably collaborated with artists and producers such as Yukisada Isao, Shoji Hiroshi, Eda Yuka and Sumire.
He perceives the expression as a prayer. It is made up of a series of gratitudes and joys that the artist experiences in the face of the world and the constant exploration of new paths. For him, it does not constitute a simple accompaniment to a bucolic landscape, for example, but rather traces felt during the discovery of the world.
For the artist, this is a sensory experimentation, becoming the medium forming an image. The painter is only the mediator between these sensations and the canvas.
Born in 1991 in Gunpo-Si, a suburb of Seoul, Song Hyojeong studied Interior Design and was the visual salesperson for an industrial store in South Korea. In 2015, she came to France with the aim of becoming an artist. She started art in Aix en Provence and Dunkirk. Since then, she has lived and worked between Paris and Geneva.
Her practice focuses on the links between space design and the visual arts, from which she acquired skills in part thanks to the master's degree in "Space and Communication" which she completed in Geneva. Her journey as an interior designer and art restorer has further influenced her artistic practice.
Hyojeong Seong is a versatile artist making photographs, but also installations influenced by nature and her roots.
Her technique mixes technology and design, establishing a balance between a technical and artistic vision of the work. One is reason, and the other is feeling.
Thanks to her origins and her Korean rationality on the one hand, and to the emotional aspects acquired during her artistic education and her life in France on the other hand, she tries to achieve a symbiosis between rational design in space and sensitivity of art.
Recognizing emotions, and knowing the culture and language are important elements for Hyojeong Song. Each word, homonym, has a wealth of meaning but also an important duality. All this helps to understand the ambivalence and paradoxes of human beings, their emotions and their behaviour in society.
I’m creating with an ink that brings good luck. I use an ink on golden paper, mixing
it with an incense that are used in shrines and temples. And color othe ink doesn’t fade, it looks fresh as if I’ve just written with it. My artworks displayed in first-class places as famous Japanese hotels and ryokan. They received high praise from all over the world, exhibited and won awards in France, London, the United States, etc.
I’m also a representative and nominee of the Japanese side of the joint exhibition of
Japan, China and South Korea, and the head of a Japanese artist. I aim to hold
an exhibition in Japan that involves the whole world.
Each of my works has a deep story, and what I have experienced as a way of life is my work. I believe that impossible is possible and I want to express it with my work.
As a traveling calligrapher, I devote myself to my work and performance while traveling the world.
Regina Goldelman was born in Russia. She graduated from the Kazan Pedagogical University with a first class degree and practiced as a children’s speech therapist. Goldelman moved to Moscow in 2008 and then went to London in 2015 to continue her studies. In 2018, having settled in Israel, Goldelman discovered that she had a talent for painting and started to create her unpredictable paintings, full of colour and drama. Having received very positive responses to her work, from local art collectors and experts, she decided to open her own working space and gallery in the Old City of Jaffa. Goldelman is presently painting full time, creating original works of art.
Goldelman’s specificity is in her perception of the world that surrounds her. When she is painting time stands still, she doesn’t even know how long she spends in the studio.
Goldelman believes she is producing something meaningful that may provoke people so that they stop for a moment and take some time to reflect on themselves. While painting, she feels as she releases her deepest emotions which drives her to express herself on the canvas. While painting she uses her deepest emotions to express herself on the canvas. She is creating something new and special that has never been seen in the world before, therefore she feels she is sharing a small part of her inner self with the spectators.
The most important feature of her work is undoubtedly The Colour. It is the colour and the rebellious combinations that make each and every one of her artworks unique. She expresses her thoughts and feelings through using a variety of colours with immediate swift and unpredictable movements. It is the colour that breaks the borders of our perceptions of the objects, and thus the traditional concept of object and subject no longer exists.
Natalia Gleason ALCANTARA
Natalia Gleason, was born in Mexico City on December 15, 1968. She obtained her Bachelor's degree as a Graphic Designer, but her true passion is art and related expressions, she is a conceptual artist that has developed her skills both through formal technical courses and autodidactic day to day experiences. Natalia's main artworks are pottery and vitreous enamel on metal, of which she has
participated in contests and exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Makoto Tatsuta was born and lives in Osaka. She graduated from Osaka University of Arts, and then she started working as a writer. Thereafter, she mainly participates in exhibitions in her home country.
In Japan it’s said that people’s hearts are feelings, but when you get tired, you may not be able to feel
anything. However the artist thinks that there is something beautiful in such a state. In her eyes, the most beautiful thing is the sky, especially when the clouds are freely floating. She sees a poetic meaning in this, stating that “there is no meaning, no specific way the clouds have to follow, they are free.”
The artist wants us to wonder if beauty was only created for humans and what the role of beauty is. She thinks that it may be a blessing from God. In her art she aims at making something beautiful, not in a meaningful way but more in a more violent and fundamental way. This is the reason why the artist chose to use simple line overlaps and colors.
Being a teacher of German language and History at the secondary school in Germany, Luise Ellerbrock is a self- taught artist who has a strong sensibility in colours.
Ellerbrock’s work is inspired by travels through Europe and Central America. The beauty and diversity of cultures and nature on both continents have a strong influence on her creative work, which finds expression in painting. Through abstract painting, she has the opportu- nity to project her impressions unfilte- red on canvases and relive memories. The different textures and color combi- nations are part of her work, as well as the interplay of different techniques.
Lee K is a South Korean painter that draws the portrait of celebrities such as Billie Eilish and Jimin, a member of the BTS music group. The artist reappropriates the face of his models that are mostly well known to the public.
Lee K brings life to his compositions thanks to a succession of lines and curves that draw the lines of the face. The frenetic gestures, both fast and precise, recall the procedure of engraving. The nuances of grey also associated with touches of colour, bring to light the emotions of the face. In a few strokes of pencil or brush, a portrait realistic and powerful comes to the surface.
In his delicate play of composition, Lee K creates an exchange with the spectator whose look is invited to follow the way to the model’s eyes. The artist focuses on this specific communication element.
“I don’t want to answer personal questions. It is one of the reasons why I never draw my models’ mouths.”
The mouth is the only human body part that communicates through speech, and that can express feelings in different ways. Language is an essential element of communication but it can create misunderstandings due to the complex diversity of interpretations of the beings. This incomprehension created by the language is the reason why the artist chooses another way of communication through the look.
Bamforth is a British artist who has been championing nature and examining its relationship with human trends since 1989. Working across all mediums he touches on an immense breadth of subjects relevant to our world, presenting serious issues in playful and jovial ways.
Exhibited; Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA London, Venice Biennale, British Council, Platform China Beijing, Medan Mara Kuala Lumpur, Tent London, London Design
Festival, Fifth Third Bank USA, Shunt London, Times Square NY.
Bamforth explores relationships between the natural world and socio-economic systems. Evolved from Conceptual art, Land art and Arte Povera, The artist's work straddles sound, image and sculpture in order to probe social trends, humankind's actions and it's effects. With Gustav
Metzger as a neighbour, his idea of embodying art for social good and exploring crucial world issues was cemented. Bamforth believes this social force must be for the people. Concept, process and site of the work are important to him, as are his repeated use of burnt, decaying or growing matter.
Material and physical change during each of the artist's work's life reflects the natural life-cycle and reminds us of the possibility of change. Flexibility of medium and innovation are critical.
Projects vary enormously; from Local Whispers 2 where the artist and contemporary Chinese artist Sui Jianguo removed all artwork from the gallery to leave only audio discussions of the work that had been removed, to Evolution
Synthetica's real-time AI vs human sound and image making for the V&A, combining algorithms
and data from live organisms to describe evolutionary processes
Ko Kwon was born in 1990, now he li- ves on the island of Jeju located in the south of the korean peninsula. The is- land is very attractive for her beauty, which gave her three nominations at the UNESCO for the wealth of the lands- capes and her ecosystem.
“Even in the small villages, seasons come and go silently leaving their marks. Inside these figures the harmony of small creatures living together next to individuals and the vitality of nature that embraces them. All coexist fully and beautifully with their own values and meanings.”
Nature which is very abundant and also diversified, mixing seas and mountains, appears at the heart of the artist’s work. Jeju is also the place where shamanism has a strong presence, so much that they predict what a year will hold just by reading the sky the first day after the lunar calendar New Year. This mysticism also appears in the artist’s art pieces, es- pecially in the ones where she finds her inspiration in old mural paintings that come from the northern tombs.
As a child could be, her expression style is free and independent from any form or composition that is already fixed. He takes most of his inspiration in the envi- ronment around him, in his region.
For him, all living creatures and beings in our universe are marvels that hold the testimony of life evolution. He im- plements this idea in his paintings, idea that each entity in the universe has its own beauty and its own value in the world as it is.
Professor Chen Ching-Jun is an 80 years old taiwanese contemporary artist. His experience of fifty years in the art world fueled a passion and an unequaled te- nacity for art. His artworks are intimately connected with his life experience.
His artworks show the feelings of calmness and solitude. His style is re- fined, not only because he harmonizes the classical tones, but also because his work surpasses the images and the sym- bols. All of these elements combine to create a unique creative style. Through his paintings, he finds a way to commu- nicate with us and comfort us.
The classical tones bring strength to the artist’s works. The spectator has to see beyond the realism and surrealism of his works. The characters appearing in these paintings transmit an ideological message, and represent a sense of fra- gility.
He was born in 1934 in Changhua and he studied Fine Arts in the National Normal University in 1952. He went to Japan from 1960 to 1967, furthering his studies. There, he graduated from the Musashino university and the University of Tokyo.
He has also received multiple awards such as the Goblet Golden award of the Chinese Artists association, and the Wu San-Lien award. He participates in many big events and art fairs around the world such as the Autumn Fair and the French Artists Fair.
After a career in Teaching, PR and International Relations in Portugal, alongside which I was always creating, I embraced the cosmopolitan life of London, which became another daily inspiration for my art.
As an artist, I relish exploring various mediums and techniques. I particularly enjoy using oil-sticks and acrylics on paper and canvas in an abstract style, combining them with analog collage. A seminal masterclass with Royal Academician David Mach opened analog collage and mixed media to me in a completely unexpected way, and I have never stopped creating since.
I consider my art an invitation to reconnect to nature and ourselves. By juxtaposing urban life and nature, my pieces aim to evoke contemplation, and ultimately, a return to memories of more serene times as the start of a self-healing journey. The enigmatic feminine figures akin to the relaxed presence of the wild motifs suggest that nature can offer us the ability to restore tranquillity in a chaotic world. This is my inspiration: a message of hope and beauty, life and rebirth.
Bowyi Song, who is active in Paris and South Korea, was born in Seoul, South Korea.
She has been interested in art since she was a child, has been interested in Oriental painting since middle school, and has started working on Oriental painting since she was a high school student.
As there's a lot of art work she want to do, she held her first solo exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, under the title "ExH!bit10n," which consists of paintings about herself.
After that, she wanted to work with color, so she envisioned her work on the theme of "change", but she wanted to know what others thought and perspective they would work on this theme.
Not only that, but she also wanted to share her thoughts on painting with others, so she held a team competition in Seoul in 2021 with two high school alumni under the title "The Beauty of Flow: for all of us."
I am very inspired by people when I envision my work.
When I tried to start my work completely without being influenced or interventioned, I thought it was too dangerous to establish a painting style while I was trying to figure out what to do.
There are so many days to live (I don't know when I'm going to die, of course), but I thought it was too depressing as someone who was already doing creative things to establish and paint styles.
My first personal work was the idea of what it would be like to express myself now.
So as I explored and under-learned about my self, I would record all the things I felt, what I thought, and what I felt, and express them in images.
Of course, I cannot confirm that these pictures are my selves.
Rather than expressing my self, I think I've been in the process of finding one.
I would like to share with you what I have experienced, felt, and found in the process.
I wonder if you've ever felt or thought about something like this, what my process is like, whether it seems to fit your standards, and what your thoughts are like.
I want you to be able to empathize and feel my inquiry process in ink.
Born in Kurashiki city in Okayama prefecture, Japan. From the spring 2019
have started producing the artworks.
July 2019 Memento mori Group Exhibition, synergy 73, Okayama, Japan
December 2019 ”Circle and Swirls” Solo Exhibition in Tomo no Ura a cate
May 2020 Makoto Oyamada&Ayano Exhibition, Gallery Jyuro, Okayama, Japan
August 2020 ”Circle and Swirls 2” Solo Exhibition in ao, Okayama, Japan
December 2020 Independent Tokyo 2020
I was always bad at expressing my feelings.
And from the time I was a child I was drawn to circles and swirls and
now I’m painting them, expressing my feelings through these shapes. Circle is a
soul, a swirl is an energy of emotions. And the colors express a various
I let all my feelings and emotions flow onto the canvas, move, swirl and create the shapes under my brushes. I don't always understand what moves me, what guides my hand. This is sort of magic of creation. And I feel incredibly relieved and happy after I finish painting. I sincerely hope that my artworks will bring joy and a light sweet sense of happiness.
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