Onishi Gallery , Stand n° 

Vivid Pink, 2019 - Ichiro Tsuruta

Ichiro Tsuruta Vivid Pink, 2019

Lady in New York, 2019 - Ichiro Tsuruta

Ichiro Tsuruta Lady in New York, 2019

Vivid Yellow, 2019 - Ichiro Tsuruta

Ichiro Tsuruta Vivid Yellow, 2019

POI - Usatan, 2019 -  Yusuke  Ochiai

Yusuke Ochiai POI - Usatan, 2019

POI, 2019 -  Yusuke  Ochiai

Yusuke Ochiai POI, 2019

A Messenger of Love 02, 2019 -  Yusuke  Ochiai

Yusuke Ochiai A Messenger of Love 02, 2019

Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018 - Yigal Ozeri

Yigal Ozeri Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018

BUSTLE 03, 2016 - Shun Sudo

Shun Sudo BUSTLE 03, 2016

Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017 - Yasokichi IV Tokuda

Yasokichi IV Tokuda Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017

Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998 - Yukie Ōsumi

Yukie Ōsumi Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998

Mokume-gane Vase, 2013 - Ryuhei Sako

Ryuhei Sako Mokume-gane Vase, 2013

Exhibiting Artists

  • Yusuke Ochiai  (+)

    Biography : Yusuke Ochiai, born in Tokyo in 1977, became entranced with the radiant colors of his surrounding Japanese landscape at five years old, mixing and matching materials ever since. Today, he lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn and has been participating in Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn since 2012, continuing to display his interest in vibrant colors through his work as a New York City street artist. Building on this playful engagement with New York City’s public in his first U.S.-based solo exhibition, “POI: A Messenger of Love,” Ochiai introduced “Poi”-related creations—artworks that variously represent his muse named “Poi” (short for “Path Of Imagination”). As Ochiai explains this character, “I found him through my own imagination but now Poi manifests himself in countless forms, on canvas, in concrete, and with paint immersing himself in the colors I absorb. Poi gives me the happiness that I hope to bring to the world.” He notes that these visual expressions “represent my emotions and experiences at that particular moment of my life – whether stemming from reality or my own imagined dreamscapes.” Colorful, large paintings fill walls like bursts of energy, all centered on depictions of Poi. Borders of creeping flowers, concentric circles of color evoking the mandala, and bright, otherworldly orbs of light frame the unique figure. Ochiai’s works are colorful swirls of love and lust, earthly experience and otherworldly possibility. The paintings pull in viewers to share a moment of connection with Poi, this messenger of love, and envision a dream of another reality.

    Exhibition : 2018: Art Miami, FL
    2017: “POI - A Messenger of Love”, Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY
    2012-2017: Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Craig Robins Collection

    Artist's Objects:

    •  Yusuke  Ochiai - A Messenger of Love 02, 2019 A Messenger of Love 02, 2019
    •  Yusuke  Ochiai - POI, 2019 POI, 2019
    •  Yusuke  Ochiai - POI - Usatan, 2019 POI - Usatan, 2019

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  • Ōsumi Yukie (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Ōsumi Yukie was designated Living National Treasure in 2015, and is the fist female metalwork artist to receive this honor in history. She specializes in tankin, or hammered vessels. Osumi graduated in 1969 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Afterwards, she studied under Kashima Ikkoku (1898-1996), Sekiya Shirō (1907-1994), and Katsura Moriyuki (1914-1996). She also trained as an artist in the United Kingdom for a year under the sponsorship by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She has received many honors and awards, and most recently in 2014, was the first to be awarded a residency at The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. Ōsumi applies the traditional technique nunome zōgan, or textile imprint inlay, in her works. This involves hammering metal-leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the metal surfaces. Ōsumi creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. Through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams, she strives to create an affinity with nature as formless and flowing.

    Exhibition : 2015-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US
    2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Royal Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

    Artist's Objects:

    • Yukie Ōsumi - Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998 Silver Vase "Sea Breeze", 1998

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  • Yigal Ozeri  (+)

    Biography : New York City based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri is best known for his large-scale cinematic portraits of distinctive young women in rich prodigious landscapes. With tinges of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics, Ozeri brings an ethereal and uninhibited sensibility to his paintings. His portraits denote art historical foundations in romanticism, while also offering contemporary notions of sensual femininity. Rooted in Carl Jung’s concept of anima, Ozeri’s depictions of a revitalized connectivity to nature prompt a confrontation of subconscious effeminate identity, and reinstate the beauty of innocent authentic experience. His photo-realistic oil paintings convey the spirit of his subjects, giving way to a seductive power. As a result, the viewer is compelled to gaze into the allegorical domain between reality and fantasy.

    Artist's Objects:

    • Yigal Ozeri - Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018 Untitled; Zuzanna 07, 2018

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  • Sako Ryuhei  (+)

    Biography : Sako Ryuhei born in Okayama Prefecture, graduated from Hiroshima City University in the Department of Design and Applied Arts in 1999, and then earned his master’s degree in 2002 from the same institution. Sako Ryuhei creates pieces using Mokume-gane, a Japanese metal technique dating back to the 17th century. First, very thin different colored alloyed metal sheets are layered and bonded. Then the layers are cut into, or drilled and reworked. Achieving a successful lamination takes a very skilled artist, and although his work is based on research and experimentation using this tradition process, he manages to create very contemporary pieces. In 2004, he became a member of the Nihon Kōgekai (Japanese Jandcrafts Association) and in 2013, during his first exhibition outside Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of his pieces for their public collection.

    Exhibition : 2017-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016-2018: PAD London, UK
    2016: The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
    2013-2015: Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
    2014: Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
    2013: Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum Gallery, Nagano, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collection: Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima, Japan; Machiko Hasegawa Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    Artist's Objects:

    • Ryuhei Sako - Mokume-gane Vase, 2013 Mokume-gane Vase, 2013

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  • Shun Sudo  (+)

    Biography : Shun Sudo, born in 1977 and based in Tokyo, has been deeply influenced by American pop culture throughout his career. After travels across the United States in his 20s, he returned to Japan in his 30s to begin work on paintings that allude to both his creative roots in traditional Japanese culture and contemporary street cultures of Western societies. Integrating both of these influences into his aesthetic sensibilities, Sudo created classic Japanese sumi-e brush stroke paintings covered by graffiti pop art to produce innovatively animated artwork that awakens the eye, mind, and spirit. In this featured series, Innocent Forest, Sudo references specific inspiration sources: Ito Jakuchu, a famous Japanese painter of the 18th century, and Akira Toriyama, a contemporary popular Japanese animation artist. Jakuchu illustrated scenes with imaginary birds, animals, flower and plants, merging this world with make-believe through bright colors and modern design. Toriyama draws influences from Disney animation to Chinese novels to Jackie Chan films, creating cartoonish characters, animals, and deities. Sudo’s current series pays particular homage to Jakuchu’s rooster and Toriyama’s animation worlds. Visit the Innocent Forest and you encounter a bright yellow fawn covered with black vegetal designs and a pointed tail, a proud rooster figure wearing royal red booties and a decorative cape, puffed up petals jumping out from their flower centers, birds in flight, and flowers, trees, and majestic mountains filling the backgrounds of these fantastical worlds. With spirited strokes and dynamic characters, Sudo guides you through his imaginary kingdom, parallel to our own reality, connecting both through tradition, passion, and creativity.

    Exhibition : 2019: Solo Exhibition "SOLITUDE", Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    2018: Art Miami, FL; “Nine Colors,” Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
    2017: Art New York, NY; “Paint Over,” solo exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY
    2016: Aqua Art Miami, FL; “Paint Over,” Solo Exhibition, Nakame Gallery Street, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SCOPE Miami Beach, FL; “Paint Over,” Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY; Bushwick Open Studios, NY FIGARO Paris Store, France
    2014: THE SITE Renewal, Tokyo, Japan
    2013: TOPMAN Store, Tokyo, Vince Store, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Craig Robins Collection

    Artist's Objects:

    • Shun Sudo - BUSTLE 03, 2016 BUSTLE 03, 2016

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  • Tokuda Yasokichi IV  (+)

    Biography : Born in 1961, Tokuda Yasokichi IV succeeded her father, Tokuda Yasokichi III, a revered Kutani potter and a “Living National Treasure” artist. Tokuda inherited the techniques of their family style of Kutani porcelain production, that features say glazing. Tokuda’s personal sensibility as a female artist lends her a unique perspective on the tradition that is reflected in her choices of color and interpretations of form. Tokuda is one of few female heads of a traditional potting lineage in Japan, due to those succeeding the family are most often male. However, her father decided to pass on the family’s name and practice to her. It was a challenge to make a place for herself as head artist of the family tradition in a still male=dominated social structure, but Tokuda successes in defining her own signature style and creative voice all on her own.

    Exhibition : 2013-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
    2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
    2016: The 72nd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan; The Power of Colors, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan
    2015: SOFA Chicago, Illinois, US; Tradition Reborn: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; 360th Anniversary Kutaniyaki Exhibition, Kutaniyaki Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan
    2014: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C., US
    2013: Heritage: Japanese Works of Art by Contemporary Artists
    2012: Selected for the Inaugural Biennale of the Tea Ceremony Today - Utility and Form, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: British Museum, London, UK; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, US; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts, US; Auckland Museum, New Zealand; Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Arita, Saga, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Ceramic Art, Sasayama, Hyogo, Japan

    Artist's Objects:

    • Yasokichi IV Tokuda - Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017 Bowl - Suicho "Crystalline Green", 2017

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  • Ichiro Tsuruta  (+)

    Biography : Ichiro Tsuruta was born in Kumamoto Prefecture and now lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. After graduating from high school, Tsuruta continued on to Tama Art University, where he majored in graphic design. The time Tsuruta spent at university was during an era when Super-realism was sweeping over the design world. He mastered the use of an airbrush by himself, and drew in the style that was in fashion at that time. After creating work that was heavily influenced by the West, he started to contemplate ways in which he could unite Japanese styles like ukiyo-e with Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements of the West. This led him to bijin-ga paintings of beautiful women which was developed as wood block prints from the 17th to 19th centuries. Thus he converted from the Western-style realism, which involves drawing with an adept technique in order to look like a photograph, into producing delicate and symbolic Japanese-style portraits.

    Exhibition : 2019: Solo Exhibition "Bijin-ga", Onishi Gallery, NY, US; Asia Week New York, US
    2018: Solo Exhibition, Yamakataya, Kagoshima, Japan; Solo Exhibition at Shimada Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
    2017: Solo Exhibition at Anrakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
    2015: Japan-Korea Art Exchange Exhibition, Daejeon, South Korea; Solo Exhibition at Anrakuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
    2014: Solo Exhibition at Shimada Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Solo Exhibition at Ishibashi Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan

    Detailed Description : "Tsuruta-style bijin-ga paintings” were exposed to the public in a wide range of media from posters to magazines, television, and more in the 1980s and 90s. Through his bijin-ga paintings, Japanese concepts of beauty are successfully translated into Western notions of fashion and art, as he continues to pursue the ultimate reflection of "beauty."

    Artist's Objects:

    • Ichiro Tsuruta - Vivid Yellow, 2019 Vivid Yellow, 2019
    • Ichiro Tsuruta - Lady in New York, 2019 Lady in New York, 2019
    • Ichiro Tsuruta - Vivid Pink, 2019 Vivid Pink, 2019

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Other Represented Artists

  • Hagino Noriko  (+)

    Biography : Hagino Noriko works with a technique called hagiwase, metal forging and heat welding, which she learned from Living National Treasure Skiya Shirō (1907-1994). Intrigued by Sekiya's works, Hagino became an apprentice in Sekiya's studio upon graduating from Musashino Art Junior College. From the inception of her design to the arduous process of hammering metal, Hagino takes almost six months to complete each project. She uses the natural hues of the metals as colors to create fluid patterns on her work, silver becoming white, copper becoming red, and an alloy of a mix of gold and copper becoming gold.

    Exhibition : 2016-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: The 20th Mokichi Okada Award, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan; The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2016: The 63rd Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2010: Art Crafts in the 21st Century - Eye of the World, MOA Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan 2004: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Hannya Taiju  (+)

    Biography : Hannya Taiju was born in Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture, which flourished as a cast metal producing locality dating back over 400 years. In the foundry that he operates with his father Tamotsu, numerous metals such as cast iron, iron sand, bronze, brass and sahari (an alloy of copper, tin and lead) are melted and made into art castings. Hannya works in the fukiwake method, in which three different metals are individually poured into a mold within five seconds of each other. Due to the different melting points of the three metals, they form distinguished patterns rather than being mixed together. Taiju and his father Tamotsu are the only known artists to have ever made three0metal cast pieces. Hannya uses the designs of the separate metals to create mystical weavings characterized by artistsic contrasting and curving gestures. The characteristic of fukiwake is the mysterious gradation patterns created by the complex mixture of different metals. This distinctive expression is unique to fukiwake and cannot be achieved by any other metalworking technique, and can be linked to ink painting and calligraphy, which represent the Japanese arts. It is impossible to predict how the metal poured into the sand covered mold will flow and mix. Even when two fukiwake pieces are produced simultaneously under the same conditions, they will not result in the same expression in design. Among the many awards Hannya Taiju received, in 2006, at The 35th Traditional Crafts Japanese Metalwork Exhibition, he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Award.

    Exhibition : 2017-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: International Hokuriku Kōgei Summit, Toyama, Japan 2015: The Best of Toyama: Kōgei Art and Design from Japan, Onishi Gallery, New York, US; The 54th Japan Traditional Kōgei Toyama Exhibition, Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama, Japan; Contemporary Japanese Kōgei, Onishi Gallery, New York, NY 2014: The 20th Takaoka Art Museum Exhibition, Toyama, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama, Japan

  • NAOYA  (+)

    Biography : NAOYA (b. 1958) began his artistic career in Japan by assisting his father, Nagae Rokuya, a major figurative sculptor who worked in wood. Nurturing his creativity in this familial context, NAOYA soon cultivated his own style and creative concepts, shaping representational figures out of wood and later bronze and FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic) that express his own philosophical worldview. NAOYA populates the imaginary world that he designs, which he calls POLYKANTEN, with fairy-like children, animals with human personalities, and animistic goddesses. The creatures are all related, he says, although each one has its own reason for being. The monochromatic figures, painted entirely in white and made of FRP, stare at viewers with curious and blank expressions, begging for questions about the fantastical worlds they inhabit. Believing in the possibility and potential of multiple universes, NAOYA creates these characters from another world to visit with us here on Earth.

    Exhibition : 2018: Art Miami, FL 2017: Art New York, NY “The Wonderverse of POLYKANTEN,” Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY 2016: Aqua Art Miami, FL; Art Central, Hong Kong 2015: Scope Miami Beach, FL; New Context Conference Tokyo in collaboration with Digital Garage Inc. 2014: Solo Exhibition, Onishi Gallery, NY; Solo Exhibition, Seto City Museum, Aichi, Japan; “Creators of Beauty,” Shikinen-sengu Museum, Ise, Japan 2013: Solo Exhibition, Gallery Nuage, Tokyo, Japan

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Kawasaki City Museum, Japan; Seto City Museum, Japan; Daikanyama DG Building, Japan; Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing

  • Nakagawa Mamoru (Living National Treasure)  (+)

    Biography : Nakagawa Mamoru, recognized for his outstanding mastery of zōgan (metal-inlay), was designated a Living National Treasure in 2004 at the age of 56, the second youngest in history. Nakagawa has been a seminal figure in revitalizing metal-metal-inlay as an important genre of decorative arts in Japan since it’s decline during the Meiji Restoration period. He has enlivened the traditionally monotone realm of metal casting with an unprecedented palette of colors. Since the zōgan technique is said to have originated around Turkey, the artist has traveled there many times, following the Silk Road, the cultural crossroads of eastern and western Asia. In 2008, he visited the United States on a cultural exchange fellowship from Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. While on the fellowship in Washington, D.C., he taught a master class on Kaga zōgan technique at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

    Exhibition : 2013-2019: Asia Week New York, US 2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan 2016: Creating Handicrafts, Living National Treasures Exhibition, Wako, Tokyo, Japan 1988-2013: The Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan 2013: Contemporary Kōgei Styles in Japan, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, Florida, US 2008: SOFA, New York, US 2007: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan, British Museum, London, UK 2004: Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark 1999: Mitsukoshi Etoile, Paris, France 1995: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    Detailed Description : Selected Public Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Jingu Museum, Ise, Japan; Kanazawa College of Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan

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