ARTISTS

Aru SUNAGA

Live in Ibaraki, Japan

2017
Graduated, MA, Tokyo University of Arts, Painting
2014
Graduated, BA, Tokyo University of Arts, Painting
1989
Born in Gunma, Japan

Solo Exhibition

2019
“Light up with a paintbrush”/ un petit GARAGE, Tokyo
2016
“I can see you very well.”/ un petit GARAGE, Tokyo
2015
“Aru Sunaga Solo Exhibition” / T-Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013
“PASSAGE”/ Bambinart Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2020
3331ART FAIR 2020 /3331ARTchiyoda, tokyo
Meji jingu Forest Festival of Art “Shikansuiyo-Art of the One Hundred Year Forest” /Meiji jingu Museum, Tokyo
2019
KODAI vol.1 /CAPSULE, Tokyo
The 14th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist 2019 /The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
2017
Exhibition of Books and Art vol. 1 Interaction between a Painting and a Word is the Beginning of a Story/Art museum&Librar,Ota, Gunma
2016
CAF ART AWARD Selected Group Exhibition /HOTEL ANTEROOM, Kyoto 2010“A Contemporary Art Show By Contemporary Art Students Produced by Mr X” Kaikai kiki Gallery, Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo

Award

“The 14th Gunma Biennale for Young Artist 2019” selected
“TERRADA ART AWARD 2014” FirstPrize
“CAF ART AWARD 2014” YAMAGUCHI Yumi Prize

Statement

I have been creating paintings with oil paints.

From the time of cave paintings, art has been deeply connected with society and has created values and hierarchies of beauty.

I am a woman in my thirties living in the modern age who is confused by the values and norms that society unconsciously imposes on me.

Painting materials such as paintbrushes and canvases often appear in my work.

The paintbrush is myself, in search of true painting.

Delving into the depths of darkness with the paintbrush, a tiny pickaxe, is my small challenge to the preconceived notions.

Official site

WORKS

Grasping Shadows

Grasping Shadows

Oil on canvas

410×318mm

2021

* SOLD

Locale : 2F ⑤


Comments by the artist:

I painted a hand that seems to be catching the shadow of something.
In reality, I can’t catch a shadow; in painting, I can depict it as if it’s been scooped up with a hand.
In my work, I connect things that cannot be touched, things that cannot be approached, and things that never meet.
Shadow is a symbol of what we don’t wish to see, something unattractive.
Through my painting, I hope to discover something beautiful by touching and accepting it.


From the Other side

From the Other side

Oil on canvas

530×530mm

2021

132,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Locale : 1F ①


Comments by the artist:

She is not being watched, she is watching.
Then, where am I standing as I watch her?
It may be the audience or the painter on the other side of the hole.
Throughout the long history of art, women have been appreciated as a muse.
I wanted to reverse the traditional stance of subject and object In this work.


Slashed Canvas

Slashed Canvas

Oil on canvas

530×455mm

2021

132,000 JPY (w/ tax)

Locale : 1F ②


Comments by the artist:

Painting is similar to joining the past and future to create new aesthetics, similar to kintsugi that applies dusted gold on a broken vessel.
Kintsugi which accepts breakage as is is said to carry the spirit of tea ceremony. I believe that everyone has a past that they rather forget but life is accepting it as part of yourself.
In my paintings, the painting materials such as paintbrushes, brushstrokes and canvas often appear as motifs.
Oil painting is an old medium of art that has shaped the human aesthetics and culture.
I project myself onto the paintbrush that explores the canvas and try to make a connection between history or the past and me living in the present in order to accept who I am, where I stand and where I exist.


Grasping Shadows

Grasping Shadows

Oil on canvas

27.3×22 cm

2021

60,500 JPY (w/ tax)

Locale : 2F ⑤


Comments by the artist:

Painting is similar to joining the past and future to create new aesthetics, similar to kintsugi that applies dusted gold on a broken vessel.
Kintsugi which accepts breakage as is is said to carry the spirit of tea ceremony. I believe that everyone has a past that they rather forget but life is accepting it as part of yourself.
In my paintings, the painting materials such as paintbrushes, brushstrokes and canvas often appear as motifs.
Oil painting is an old medium of art that has shaped the human aesthetics and culture.
I project myself onto the paintbrush that explores the canvas and try to make a connection between history or the past and me living in the present in order to accept who I am, where I stand and where I exist.

Inquiry about the work