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KODAMA ASAO

KODAMA ASAO

1982
Born in Tokyo, Japan
2008
Graduated from Tama Art University (B.F.A. in Oil Painting)
2010
Graduated from Tama Art University (M.F.A. in Oil Painting)
2011
Studies at HSS Aalto University, Finland

Solo exhibitions

2017
‘PLANT,’ (ANA Intercontinental Tokyo Art Gallery, Tokyo)
2016
N 65 KODAMA Asao (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo)
2013
HANABANA, ASAO KODAMA EXHIBITION ’13 (Za, Koenji, Tokyo)
2008
Asao Kodama Exhibition(Museum Youth Yarimizu)

Group Exhibitions

2013
Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Marimekko A/W13(Stockholm, Sweden)
2012
Flag Art - the Best Past Winners(National Sports Festival, Gifu)
2011
Charity Exhibitions for the Victims of the 2011 Earthquake (Akiba Tamabi21, Tokyo)
2010
FLOWERS-To the way of wildflowers (Gallery Satoru, Tokyo)

Awards

2015
FACE 2015 (Sompo Japan Art Award, Jury Award)
2012
The 27th HOLBEIN Scholarship
2012
14th Flag Art 2010, The Highest Award, Katsuhiko Hibino Prize
2012
Ichiro Fukuzawa Award/Tama Art University Graduation Project

Asao Kodama works mainly with oil on canvas.

Her depiction of plants is vivid, boasting their strong presence. Deeply rooted in the soil, they are far from artificially arranged beautiful flowers painted in other still life pictures. In her words, they are plants that ‘endure the rain and the wind, showing a sense of existence even when they decay.’ The forcefully and freely portrayed motifs appear to be celebrating ‘joie de vivre’ and ‘a sense of existence.’ While studying in Finland, her motifs were adopted into printed fabric by the world-renowned brand Marimekko, gracing the runway in the fashion show.

Bucking the recent artistic trend in Japan using acrylic with feather light brush strokes, leaving airy touch on the canvas, she remains firm in generating thick and heavy marks with her speedy and bold brush strokes in oil paints. She is a unique artist who refuses to be categorized as ‘traditional painting‘ or ‘contemporary art,’ or even ‘abstract’ or ‘representational’ painter.

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