Nishimura Gallery is pleased to present "Machida Kumi -New Works-" from Tuesday, May 7th to Saturday, June 15th 2013. It is been about two and a half years since the last time of Machida’s one-man exhibition at our gallery.
MACHIDA Kumi was born in Gunma prefecture, 1970. She graduated from Tama University of Art in 1994, majoring in Japanese paintings. In 2004, Machida showed some paintings in the exhibition of "MACHIDA Kumi / NAKAMURA Kengo" held at Nishimura Gallery (This was first exhibition for her at our gallery.) As she expressed freely in the field of traditional Japanese paintings, her works has attracted many attentions. After that, she has been get reputation gradually in and outside Japan by the winning of “The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2007” and a lot of exhibitions in many countries. In 2012, her first book was published from Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc.
The remarkable points of her works are the clear and minimum lines on Japanese paper (Mainly kumohada linen papers) and minimal coloring by pigments or mineral pigments. As regards the lines, at the first sight you may think they are thick lines drawn with vigor, but actually they are thin lines drawn repeatedly to give strong impression. On the other hand, eyes, nose, mouth are painted realistically without outlines, like “Mokkotsu” (a technique in Oriental art of painting.) This is also characteristic in many her paintings and it adds subtle depth and attraction to the paintings.
Machida’s paintings express indirectly the familiar feelings for us like that emotional turmoil as a result of self-consciousness, uncomfortable feeling in the society, and anxiety in communication with other people. Universal and ambiguous her works are attracting people's attention in the world. One-man exhibition at Kestnergesellshaft, Hanover, Takasaki Tower Museum, Ha° gamle prestega°rd, Norway, and group exhibition of “Bye Bye Kitty!!!” at Japan Society, New York are still fresh in memory.
Now, you could see the Machida’s paintings in the following 3 exhibitions: “ZIPANG” (~June 16th, Takasaki Museum of Art) “Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012” (~June 23rd, Mie Prefectural Museum) “Wonderful My Art -Selected Artists from Takahashi Collection” (~September 16th, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art.)
In this exhibition, she will exhibits about 10~12 paintings and drawings. You must be feel freshness different from her past works.
Please expect Machida’s new works that are entered a new phase.