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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
Holding my paintbrush as if I was holding a torch, I traced the silhouette of the shadow.
Our eyes can see and recognize objects thanks to the light, but the light can also cast the shadows.
In traditional western painting, artists express depth and dimension by depicting – shadows.
Therefore, one can say that rendering shadow means rendering light.
Art doesn’ t always generate or express splendid or beautiful things.
Art can ruin one’ s own existence like a deadly poison… because art can be negative, concealing, repelling, or something that needed to be squashed in order for people to survive.
In life, one has to confront his flaws and deviousness.
I believe art can scoop up and express one’s darkness.
Perhaps only art can do such thing.
I shall create painting that sheds light and reveals even the darkness of the shadow.
This is my series of works that expressed such determination.

Official site

WORKS

Drawing a Shadow

Drawing a Shadow

Oil Painting on canvas

727×606mm

2019

420,000 JPY (w/o tax)

Holding my paintbrush as if I was holding a torch, I traced the silhouette of the shadow. Our eyes can see and recognize objects thanks to the light, but the light will also create shadows. In traditional western painting, artists express depth and dimension by depicting shades. Therefore, one can say that rendering shadow means rendering light.
Art doesn’t always generate or express splendid or beautiful things. Art can ruin one’s own existence like deadly poison… because art can be negative, concealed, repelling, or something that needed to be squashed in order for people to survive.
In life, one has to confront his flaws and deviousness. I believe art can scoop up and express one’s darkness. Perhaps only art can do such thing. I shall create painting that sheds a light and reveal even the darkness of the shadow. This is a work that expressed such determination.

Locale : 1F ①


Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Oil Painting on canvas

727×530mm

2020

220,000 JPY (w/o tax)

The theme of the series is `spiritual discipline.’
To paint is to juxtapose the history of humankind and art with our situation today and take on the repeated journey of spiritual discipline and discovery.
The same can be said for living as well.
The discipline can be lonesome, and I don’t think anybody can live alone.
Sometimes we need somebody under to stand under the waterfall together.

Locale : 1F ②


Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Oil Painting on canvas

455×380mm

2020

Sold

The theme of the series is `spiritual discipline.’
To paint is to juxtapose the history of humankind and art with our situation today and take on the repeated journey of spiritual discipline and discovery.
The same can be said for living as well.
The discipline can be lonesome, and I don’t think anybody can live alone.
Sometimes we need somebody under to stand under the waterfall together.


Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Oil Painting on canvas

530 x 455mm

2020

120,000 JPY (w/o tax)

The theme of the series is `spiritual discipline.’
To paint is to juxtapose the history of humankind and art with our situation today and take on the repeated journey of spiritual discipline and discovery.
The same can be said for living as well.
The discipline can be lonesome, and I don’t think anybody can live alone.
Sometimes we need somebody under to stand under the waterfall together.

Locale : 1F ③


Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Standing under the Waterfall in the Fountain

Oil painting on canvas

727×606mm

2020

220,000 JPY (w/o tax)

The theme of the series is `spiritual discipline.’
To paint is to juxtapose the history of humankind and art with our situation today and take on the repeated journey of spiritual discipline and discovery.
The same can be said for living as well.
The discipline can be lonesome, and I don’t think anybody can live alone.
Sometimes we need somebody under to stand under the waterfall together.

Locale : 1F ④


Light Up With Paintbrush

Light Up With Paintbrush

Oil Painting on canvas

910×652mm

2021

250,000 JPY (w/o tax)

This series was influenced by Portrait of Ekadanpi by Sesshu.
I depicted a cave, the place where Bodhidharma trained, and a hand holding a paintbrush high like a torch.

Sometimes when I’m painting, the canvas looks like a huge intimidating wall.
By repeatedly applying and removing the paint on canvas, drawing, layering, deleting and then adding back the lines, I feel as I am digging a cave.

The real world can be claustrophobic with a large invisible wall towering over me.
Being Japanese artist painting using oil paints, being a woman…
Being 30….
So what? I ask myself but I am petrified by so-called `common belief’

What I can’t say in words, I shall express in my painting.
Studying the past, choosing the image, and facing the canvas with paints…
Painting is my savior.
I’d like to dig through the dark cave holding my paintbrush as a guide.

I painted the series depicting my own ‘cave and wall,’ which overlapped the theme in Portrait of Ekadanpi

Eka offered his left hand to show that he is determined to dedicate his life to Zen Buddhism.
I will never want to cut off my hand, but instead, I will offer my hand holding a paintbrush.

Locale : 3F ⑱


Light Up With Paintbrush

Light Up With Paintbrush

Oil Painting on canvas

530×455mm

2021

120,000 JPY (w/o tax)

This series was influenced by Portrait of Ekadanpi by Sesshu.
I depicted a cave, the place where Bodhidharma trained, and a hand holding a paintbrush high like a torch.

Sometimes when I’m painting, the canvas looks like a huge intimidating wall.
By repeatedly applying and removing the paint on canvas, drawing, layering, deleting and then adding back the lines, I feel as I am digging a cave.

The real world can be claustrophobic with a large invisible wall towering over me.
Being Japanese artist painting using oil paints, being a woman…
Being 30….
So what? I ask myself but I am petrified by so-called `common belief’

What I can’t say in words, I shall express in my painting.
Studying the past, choosing the image, and facing the canvas with paints…
Painting is my savior.
I’d like to dig through the dark cave holding my paintbrush as a guide.

I painted the series depicting my own ‘cave and wall,’ which overlapped the theme in Portrait of Ekadanpi

Eka offered his left hand to show that he is determined to dedicate his life to Zen Buddhism.
I will never want to cut off my hand, but instead, I will offer my hand holding a paintbrush.

Locale : 3F ⑲


Light Up With Paintbrush

Light Up With Paintbrush

Oil Painting on canvas

455×380 mm

2021

88,000 JPY (w/o tax)

This series was influenced by Portrait of Ekadanpi by Sesshu.
I depicted a cave, the place where Bodhidharma trained, and a hand holding a paintbrush high like a torch.

Sometimes when I’m painting, the canvas looks like a huge intimidating wall.
By repeatedly applying and removing the paint on canvas, drawing, layering, deleting and then adding back the lines, I feel as I am digging a cave.

The real world can be claustrophobic with a large invisible wall towering over me.
Being Japanese artist painting using oil paints, being a woman…
Being 30….
So what? I ask myself but I am petrified by so-called `common belief’

What I can’t say in words, I shall express in my painting.
Studying the past, choosing the image, and facing the canvas with paints…
Painting is my savior.
I’d like to dig through the dark cave holding my paintbrush as a guide.

I painted the series depicting my own ‘cave and wall,’ which overlapped the theme in Portrait of Ekadanpi

Eka offered his left hand to show that he is determined to dedicate his life to Zen Buddhism.
I will never want to cut off my hand, but instead, I will offer my hand holding a paintbrush.


Light Up With Paintbrush

Light Up With Paintbrush

Oil Painting on canvas

410×318mm

2021

Sold

This series was influenced by Portrait of Ekadanpi by Sesshu.
I depicted a cave, the place where Bodhidharma trained, and a hand holding a paintbrush high like a torch.

Sometimes when I’m painting, the canvas looks like a huge intimidating wall.
By repeatedly applying and removing the paint on canvas, drawing, layering, deleting and then adding back the lines, I feel as I am digging a cave.

The real world can be claustrophobic with a large invisible wall towering over me.
Being Japanese artist painting using oil paints, being a woman…
Being 30….
So what? I ask myself but I am petrified by so-called `common belief’

What I can’t say in words, I shall express in my painting.
Studying the past, choosing the image, and facing the canvas with paints…
Painting is my savior.
I’d like to dig through the dark cave holding my paintbrush as a guide.

I painted the series depicting my own ‘cave and wall,’ which overlapped the theme in Portrait of Ekadanpi

Eka offered his left hand to show that he is determined to dedicate his life to Zen Buddhism.
I will never want to cut off my hand, but instead, I will offer my hand holding a paintbrush.

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