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Mino Watabe

Mino Watabe

Born in Tokyo

2016
Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Painting, Oil Painting Course, Tama Art University, Tokyo (M.F.A.)
2014
Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Painting, Oil Painting Course, Tama Art University, Tokyo (B.F.A.)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019
'FORM,' Gallery Momo projects, Tokyo
2019
'Botanical garden,' FUKUZAWA Ichiro Memorial Museum, Setagaya, Tokyo
2016
'Horizon,' Galerie Tokyo Humanite, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020
Hotel Metropolitan Kawasaki, Kanagawa
2019
Akibatamabi 21, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
2019
ART FACTORY Jonanjima, Tokyo
2017
Rise Gallery, Tokyo
2016
Mitsui Fudosan Retail Management Co., Ltd.

Selected Awards

2015
2015 Tokyo Wonder Wall Jury Award
2014
TURNER AWARD2014 Excellence Award
2014
19th FUKUZAWA Ichiro Award

Selected Prizes Won

2016
Shell Art Prize 2016
2014
FACE2014 Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Art Award
2014
Shell Art Prize 2014
2013
Shell Art Prize 2013

Selected Corporate Collections

Ritsumeikan University
Art Gallery Home
Azusa Sekkei Main Office
Growing up surrounded by various plants at home, Mino Watabe chooses nature as her motif. Her painting can be characterized by the usage of bold straight lines. After taking a digital picture of organic motif, she makes numerous drawings of the pattern, scraping off elements and reconstruct the picture plane based on the remaining inorganic shapes and straight lines from the drawings. "Nature creates curved lines while humans create straight lines," said Dr. Hideki Yukawa, a Nobel laureate. It's true that straight lines don't exist in nature. Straight lines are artificially created for the sake of our convenience by deleting all the complexity of the curved lines found in the natural world. Nevertheless, as Watabe leaves traces of nature in her painting, her straight lines are rather organic and even look humorous. Today's world where destruction of nature is being presented as a serious global threat, her work reminds us of the nature's healing power.

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