Artist interview with Cho, Hui-Chin

Cho, Hui-Chin   (Japanese: 卓 卉芹 (たく きせり) )

Born:   Tainan, Taiwan

Lives:   London, UK

https://www.chin.art/

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Cho, Hui-Chin finished her Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Slade School of Fine Art in 2018. She graduated with first-class honours and made the dean's list. Having grown up in a multicultural country, she prefers to use an amalgam of materials, especially vintage or antique materials, to prompt philosophical dialogues about the distortion of subject matter and abstract motifs, especially the grotesque iconography of babies as the motif sustains her work.

Through a practice primarily consisting of painting and sculpture, Cho investigates vintage materials and the dilemma of using materials. Cho is interested in exploring how metaphors are overlaid and integrated into our ordinary perception of things, simultaneously depicting the manifestation of antique materials with ambiguous identities , and she insists on responding to the metaphors hidden in the materials. Her work is concerned with a miscellany of incongruous figures and motifs; fragments form a narrative that is grotesque but still compelling. Her inquisitive artistic approach leads to introspection and a reflection on humanity, desire, fetish, ambivalence, sadism and obsession.

Cho, Hui-Chin currently lives and works in London.

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Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

I am elated that a lot of my works have been collected by influential collectors! (I apologise that I cannot mention their name, who are the famous composer/artist/notable individuals, in this interview because it is quite important and basic to protect their privacy.). I still remember that at one time (honestly the circumstances happened a few times),  in an usual morning I got e-mails saying that they would like to collect my works, and at that moment I had no idea who the collectors were, and I was amazed that why they would like to collect my work without knowing my conception? Therefore I insisted on inviting them coming to my show/studio so I could explain my conception of the works, which they’re interested in, to them, and yes, they did come and listen to me. And afterward I just realised they are the famous celebrities or the notable individuals; I really admire my collectors who respect the artist and the artworks, and I am grateful for having their appreciations.

I would say if there are any new collector who might be interested in my works, I am absolutely happy to share my idea and concept; however, I will not persuade them to purchase an artwork which they are not interested in at all since that is meaningless. From my perspectives, collectors should treat the artworks with more respects instead of taking an artworks as an item. As being an artist, I would be very much thankful to the collectors who cherish my artworks just like how I do to my artworks.

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How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

Both me and my artworks are grotesque but serene.

Honestly I am such a timid, shy and introverted person, and facing a crowd would scare out of my wits (but you can’t tell I am such a person when you literally look at me.)

My artworks is my solace when I feel insecure about my ability, my artworks bring me the sense of accomplishment. My artworks as the platform will help me communicate with the world of temptations or the world of sensual pleasures and vanity.

What drives you?

I very often amalgamate multiple references as materiality is a crucial facet to my works. Sometimes choosing certain materials is periodically correlated with personal preferences, but I have been attempting to eliminate such personal instinct, rather than consider certain metaphors hidden in the materials which are chosen.

My works are like a chaotic consolidation in which leather or fur (which MUST be the vintage, antique or something expired) are the symbols of both ‘indulgence’ and the ‘existence between life and death’, showing the inevitable relationship between obsessions and humanity with my grotesque iconography of babies.

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What is your definition of art?

Every single time I have such a soar feeling when I heard someone’s saying that:

“ something is ‘cool’ so it is ‘art’, or ‘someone’ is ‘cool’ so the person is an ‘artist.”; I am completely irked by hearing these statements.

‘The definition of art’ depends. For me, my definition of art is the dialogue between my aesthetics, symbolism and the latent meaning. The postulate in my works is that painting, sculpture, photography are the same manifestation. All my works are identifiable in the ambiguous depiction of concrete dimensions, and such ambiguities could be conveyed into a variety of compositions and motifs.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I am very often inspired by the iconography, and I have the predilection for baby figures such as the Putto in Italy. Since I am a Buddhist and I do believe reincarnation, interestingly I take ‘baby’ as an ambiguous creature in between life and death in a series of movements in my artworks. However, I would not reckon that my works are particularly religious even though I arrange various repetitive motifs as the symbolisation of the idea of reincarnation.

Generally speaking I would say that I am obsessed with the subject matter about the darkest humanities and the fetish including the existence in between life and death, and I have been trying to convey such ideas into the cute motifs with grotesque figures which are ‘sugar-coated’. My idea of every single fact, unacceptable or cruel, being ‘sugar-coated’ is very often arranged in both my paintings, sculptures or the reason of choosing certain materials and references.

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I know my artwork is finished when…?

In the past, I overly relied on the ‘instincts’. I might be waiting for inspirations coming to me; this is because, in my paintings, I was seeking the sense of being loved, namely intimacy and romance which couldn’t be achieved in the reality; it was difficult to tell people a practical reason why I reckoned a work was finished since it would be associated with unconscious choices.

Now I often compel myself to follow the schedule, even though sometimes I would be sitting in front of my works, wondering something else or doodling; the first brush very often is done by instincts though. I am struggling not to absolve all of my mind. I did not ‘intentionally design’ anything in my artworks; I would say my works are accomplished within the process of accomplishing the icon which could be easily told by a grotesque figure with two red cheeks. It has the ability to record my vague human, and for me it is the most immediate way of expressing myself; in the meantime, I tend to understand my current state of mentalities so that I could think of the subject matter and equitable arrangements into the artworks in a logical way with my instinct as well as aesthetics.

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Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

I will compel myself to leave the comfort zone and intentionally organise the intense schedule to myself.

For example, I graduated from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London with my BA Fine Art Degree in 2018, and I am talking a gap year doing the intense residencies also breaking the block in my artworks. The intensive plans during my gap year, especially the summer time in Japan, for me is just starting to warm up as I am going back to London in September to do my MA Painting at Royal College of Art.

I am fairly clear about the direction of my artist career, and I am certainly gain in confidence over the hectic schedule; I even uncover myself relish giving an artist talk during these intensive plans! I am looking forward to thought-provoking subject matter or new mediums. Artworks themselves are still the most compelling facet to my artist’s career. I reckon that being experimental toward mediums could help confront the limit of the perception as being an artist.


Artist interview with Paromita Roy

Paromita Roy

Born: New Delhi, India

Lives: Tokyo, Japan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pro999

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Paromita Roy (Indian) born in New Delhi, India, living in Tokyo Japan for more than a decade. She has trained herself in a completely independent way from her childhood. She started her career academically as an artist from 2009, showcasing her first Pratt show in Manhattan, NewYork after she graduated from that university.But her biggest source of inspiration was her father whom she used to see doing painting since she was a child. Her painting has a myriad of colors and unique synergy of life and emotions.Her each art is a storyteller.Being a multimedia artist, she has a hand on experience of oil, acrylic, black ink ( sumie) and chalks on papers and canvas.Photography is also one such passion which she chooses to explore while doing her studies in New York.

Paromita enjoys life and tries to connect with people to capture life beyond it...

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What drives you?

This world is full of colors and different peoples with the same basic needs. I just try to re-create it as I see it.

Where do you get your inspiration?

As mentioned earlier, my biggest inspiration was my father. I have also traveled around the world. People, from different cultures and social struggles inspires me.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

I very recently started organizing my art. I was busy with my own business in Tokyo earlier. I would be participating in and exploring the art scene for a few years. In ten years would like to see me as an established artist.

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I know my artwork is finished when...?
Artwork is never "finished" as professional learners.This continuous learning makes it challenging and hence interesting.


Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?
Never stop seeking for creativity. Seek truth even beyond your most cherished convictions. Never, never stop!

Artist interview with Jatin Khan

Jatin Khan

Nationality: Trinidad and Tobago

Born: India

Lives: India

www.jatinkhanart.com

Twitter: @jatinkhan01

Instagram: @jatinkhanart

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Jatin Khan was born in 1985 and brought up in Mumbai, India. His mother was a pop superstar in India in the 1990s. His father is a veteran Director of Photography of motion pictures in the Indian Film Industry. His grandfather was a legendary dialogue and screenplay writer as well as a very highly regarded novelist and a historian par excellence.

It is essential to speak about his family background because it gives a mental picture of the artistic environment that he was raised in. he was actively involved in the performing arts with his mother as a child and performed in concerts nationally as well as internationally. He has assisted his father in the capacity of Chief Cinematography assistant and camera operator in 5 motion pictures. The experiences operating the camera strongly instilled the fundamentals of lighting, composition, golden points and other various elements of the visual language of the frame.

The other aspect of his life has been his education. He dropped out of med school and went forward and did his Bachelors in Chemistry from St Xavier’s College. Shortly after completing his graduation he got selected into the Film and Television Institute of India (F.T.I.I) which is one of the best film schools in the world. He did his post-graduation there for two years where he further refined his skills in the visual and performing arts. Not too long after his stint in film school, his constant quest for learning pushed him towards the Law. He persuaded it and 3 years later acquired his LLB.

For all practical purposes, he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but in time, life happened and the family descended into major financial uncertainty. Growing up rich and then subsequently broke, was one of his biggest teachers. Especially about relationships, friends, family and above all, real values, humanity and humility. In spite of all adversities, half his head continues to remain smiling in the clouds, while the other half stays firmly rooted to the ground.

His life has been colorful and full of rich experiences, good and bad, which has contributed to his evolution. He is at this point the sum total of all experiences be it from family, education or just life in general. But of all things, painting has to be the most accidentally freakish thing to have ever happened to him. And here we are……..

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Painting happened to me by accident. My father used to paint in his younger days and he was quite good at it. In January 2018, in an effort to get him to restart, I bought a couple of canvases and a set of oil paints for him and decided to give him company. Quite unexpectedly, the floodgates opened, and I’ve been thoroughly hooked since. Knowingly or unknowingly I found myself evolving with each work I created. I devoted the initial months to studying the physicality of the medium of oil paints.

Major driving forces for my work include my fascination with entropy, theology, quantum chaos and astronomy, along with their mythological significance, especially when whenever they converge towards a coherent and comprehensible narrative. The philosophy behind my work is the celebration and channeling of the vibration of these events, be it celestial, locally energetic, or both.

When I paint, I give in to my aesthetic fetishes in a completely uninterrupted manner, not giving the mind a chance to stop me to interpret and analyze. There is no analysis, just pure uninterrupted free flowing energy. In whichever direction it takes me, I follow, without judgment or resistance. Whenever I reflect upon a certain event as a subject for my work, either the final image will flash before me in a moment of inspiration, or the interpretation of the event will intuitively and emotionally lead me to certain colours which l use without any mental or visual limitations.

What also fascinate me are the aspects and definite forms of the geometry of shapes and their spatial arrangement. Sharp edges, solid shape and structure are elements that inspire me. They are bold, certain, purposeful and imposing.

Abundance is also a big driving force for me. When I refer to abundance, I don’t mean material abundance.  I mean abundance of thought and of expression; not letting the mind impose any restrictions or limitations whatsoever, pushing the mind beyond what it perceives as possible. That in my opinion is what Art is all about. It is about creation. Creation, again, in my opinion, can only come from an unrestricted mind. Different artists according to their respective styles, set different parameters within which they execute their creation. But once those parameters are set, the commonality underlying all styles of Art, ultimately, is creation from an unrestricted mind. Of course, when creation gets complimented with skill, the quality of the Art vastly improves. I am currently in this stage of study; acquiring and building skills, refining my drawing abilities, improving upon my current understanding of the mechanics of interpretation and spatial arrangement of objects. The intention is to always remain a student. But creation is and always will be my primary focus.

To quote Picasso, “Explanation Kills Art”. This is a philosophy that i deeply resonate with.  Jargon related to one’s imagery tends to color opinions and perceptions. It dilutes the true perception and experience of the work and is something I try to stay far away from.  My objective is to become skillful to the point, that skill becomes second nature to me. It is a continuously evolving process. I strive to keep learning, evolving, trying my hand at as many different styles of imagery as possible and never saying no, only a yes to the universe and all that it has to offer. It is an intentional direction I choose to take, so that I don’t get stuck in any particular mold or color palette and paint in only that way for the rest of my life. Getting stuck in one’s comfort zone and inevitably excelling at it, in my opinion tends more towards craft than skill rather than art. To me, Art many be finite in its material form but Art is infinite with respect to subjects and colors and hence emotions that can be experienced thereof. There is just so much to experience, one cannot get bogged down into a comfort zone, at least that’s how I see it .My objective is to always try and move out of my comfort zone by exploring all possible facets of my style and keep building on it .

Bottom line, I just love to paint and all I want to do is keep painting. Im excited to live this journey and see where it takes me.

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Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

Every single piece is unique and resonates at its own particular frequency. I would advise my buyer to see if the painting resonates with them and their unique energy signature. Different buyers would experience different stories within the same painting.

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What is your definition of art?

Art is the creation and evocation of emotion.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

The Self.

How do you deal with artist's block?

For me, an artist block arises when the mind tries to step in and analyze, rationalize and justify actions, which in turn leaves us doubting our own judgment and self-belief. I believe that all these are manifestations of the analytical left brain, which I consciously try and shut down when I paint, in an attempt to stay in the creative flow of the right brain. Its either I paint or I don’t paint, I don’t get stuck in-between.

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Where do you see your art going in ten years?

On Mars.

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I know my artwork is finished when…?        

That is a tricky one….Art can never be finished. Art is infinite. But there is a moment when you reach an emotional peak of satisfaction which I intuitively listen to and just stop. The trick is listening to that subtle and elusive feeling.

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Which are your favorite artists?

Caravaggio, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, Constable, Turner, Picasso, S.H Raza , Mark Rothko , Hilma Af Klint


Artist interview with Rima Chahine

Rima Chahine

Born: Canada

Lives: Dubai

www.rimachahine.com

Twitter: rimart35

Facebook/INSTAGRAM: Rimachahine.art


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Rima Chahine is an intuitive abstract artist with a multicultural background with her Middle-Eastern roots and upbringing in Montreal, Canada. Her artistic journey began as an art collector and consultant that bloomed into her own authentic style of materializing feelings, and love for the universe on a canvas. She is a creative, artistic and sophisticated individual pursuing a simple yet deep and emotional connection to the world which is expressed in the artwork encompassing her passion, personal feelings, and experiences. Painting for her is an intimate endeavor with no fear of failure and no forced destination but a flow experience of thoughts, colors, and feelings that breathe soul into her finished piece.


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Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

A famous art collector who deeply appreciates abstract impressionism art  . I would tell him that the art piece has chosen him way before the first encounter with it. In fact, all art pieces have deep meaning and a spiritual journey to go throw believing firmly in the symbolic value of each art piece and its healing powers and depth.


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What drives you?

My two boys I am a single mom it is not easy for me but I strive to make them proud of me everyday.


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What is your definition of art?

Art is a way to connect and pray with the universe , art is oness.


Where do you get your inspiration?

landscapes views , ocean feel, emotions from music , depth in love , But mostly pain and suffering


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Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

For the last quarter of the year , I am preparing for  My solo exhibition that will start in November 20th 2019 and lasts for 1 month at Andakulova Gallery in DIFC, Dubai, UAE and for the art fair in La carrousel du Louvre , Paris, France in early October .


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Which are your favorite artists?

I love MONET & PIERRE BONNARD

Artist interview with Kai A De Los Reyes

Kai A De Los Reyes

Born: Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines

Lives: Quezon City, Philippines

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaiadelosreyes

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Kai A De Los Reyes is a self-taught visual artist and a medical doctor. She believes that art has an integral role in reminding society of crises that may be left forgotten after the heat of being the breaking news dies down.

Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

I would like my art to be bought by people who realize that every beautiful thing has a story to tell that is wonderful, thought-provoking, and devastating.

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How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

I’m a digital artist who likes discovering new techniques in producing multimedia art. My artwork is conceptual and abstracted.

What drives you?

The need to be better.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

From all that is beautiful and terrible in the world.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

I’m a medical doctor in my last few months of Pathology Residency Training. I would like to see the world and depict the world through the lens of my art.

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Best exhibition ever participated in…?

The Tokyo International Art Fair 2019


Artist interview with Anita Bjørbekk

Anita Bjørbekk

Born: Porsgrunn, Norway

Live: Skien, Norway

www.kreativkunst.no

Facebook: AB Kreativ Kunst

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The Norwegian artist Anita Bjørbekk loves colors and uses colors in many ways. Anita has made 45 colorcards, a fairytaile called Rainbows Daughter and written about the nine color-personalities. She also does lectures, webinars and online courses about how to use colors as tools for success.

She is a self-taught artist and has taken courses in the classes of well-known artists.

From 2014 to 2018 she had her own Gallery located in Skien, Norway. She has had many solo exhibitions and group participations in Europe, Afrika, Amerika and Asia

Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it.

Anita loves colors and she want you to be happy when you see her art. She want to spread happiness all over the world. That is why she want to sell her art to people who loves it and feel the happiness in their heart.

Several times she has had phone calls from buyers who tell her that they love her work and they feel happy when they see the painting. Anita is so happy when that happens because this is her great goal.


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What drives you?

Anita loves to travel and to be in exhibitions. When she was selected in a juried exhibition in Norway in the start of her artist career she found out that she loves to be in exhibitions. She loves to see all the fantastic art, meet other artists and to have connected conversations with visitors.

What is your definition of art?

Anita`s definition of art is that colors are happiness. She see the colors as different personalities and have written her own personality system called the nine colorpersonalities. By using these colorpersonalities you can retrieve all the personalities talents, abilities and integrate them in you. Then you can meet all challenges in your life in the best way. You have all the tools inside you. Her experience after she got to know the colors is that by using colors you can get in harmony and balance.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

Right now Anita are in three solo exhibitions in galleries in Norway. The 20th of may she arranges and also participates in a special POP UP exhibition in her hometown Skien. Nineteen artists are participating in this creative exhibition. When she come home from Tokyo, she is going to Denmark to participate in a exhibition, from 27 to 30 june, located in a Museum in Sjællands Odde with two other artists.


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Best exhibition ever participated in…?

Best exhibition ever participated in was RomArt in 2015. This was a fantastic exhibition in Rome, Italy. It was Anita`s first exhibition abroad. It was a new experience for her, and she felt she had reached her highest artistic potential within art. Here she met many other artists from all over the world. She made many friends and are still in contact with them.

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Would love to exhibit my work in …

Her goal is to participate in exhibitions all over the world. Anita has now participated in Europe, Africa, America and Asia. She would love to exhibit her work also in Australia and South America. Anita has built network all over the world and she are planning to exhibit in those places with artist friends in near future.


Artist interview with Alice de Miramon

Alice de Miramon

Born: Dakar ( Senegal)

Live: South of France

www.aliceheaven.com

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/alicemiramon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miramonart/


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Alice de Miramon is a French American artist, born in Dakar in 1973. She has been exhibited internationally. Through her vast imagination, she transports us in a contemplative and poetic universe.

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Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

The art of Alice de Miramon has grown over the years, and her work is promising for the years to come. Her prolific and generous production has seduced many art fans and collectors.   

What drives you?

Often a car, but off the records, I often forget where the brakes are. I just can’t stop.

What is your definition of art?

Art is what connects to life and life is connected to art. It is the constant flow between that brings so much pleasure on making art. When you let that go freely, it is a pure joy to fail every day at making the most of it.

Where do you get your inspiration?

From various sources, the nature, what is going on around me, sometimes I get strucked by something, colors, artworks. It echoes and transform in my daily work.

How do you deal with artist's block?

I don’t, it never happens, I am painting from 150 / 200 pieces a year. I have to deal with trouble taking time off and doing nothing

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

It is hard to tell, it is a day to day work. What I hope is nice projects, making art that I can be proud off.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

I am going to sing songs at Mont Fujii, and dance. Make large paintings, and after that have great holidays with my daughters.

Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

Before I die, I want to be able to say I loved deeply, I created something, I was gifted to live this life. I am glad I already can say most of it, but it will never end.



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I know my artwork is finished when…?

I paint a first draft and then I take distance for a few days, let it cool down. Then with a fresh eye I can finish it and put it in perspective with the serie I am working on. Often 10 / 15 drawings together. They are connected with a story, a thought, and visually by set of colors and specific papers I am using.

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

Unlike love it was the first time. I did a wall painting at my highschool, and there was teenagers hanging out suddenly with me to my surprise, I was very shy. And then my English teacher commissioned me to do a painting. It was pretty surrealistic at that time, and she was my first customer ever.

Which are your favorite artists?

The douanier Rousseau, Ingres, Manet, Hirosige, Utamaro, the colors of Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry drove me crazy very young.


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Best exhibition ever participated in…?

The first international show I went to was the off Bienal Venice. It was the first professional group show and being in the city was great fun.

Greatest achievements so far…?

I always think it is ahead. I am so surprised and happy to be able to travel with my art, and make it day by day. The road is what is important less than the final achievement, I am always focusing on the next step and how to keep the work interesting


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Would love to exhibit my work in …

Tokyo ! So a long story come true. One day I was sick as a child and I never was. In the hallway there was these two Japanese prints. I still have them today and it always has been a great source of inspiration for me.

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Artist interview with The Spilt Ink

Johnny (The Spilt Ink) was born in Detroit on a cold October night in 1977.

His first day home from the hospital was on Halloween

where helped pass out candy to all the

colorful ghouls and ghosts.

He was obviously doomed from the start.

Do what you love, love what you do, never listen to “NO” and never stop art.

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Who would you like to buy your art? A famous person? What would you tell him/her about your art so he would buy it?

Anyone who is serious about my work can have it. I have had all kinds of people from all over the world get my work and I’m proud of that.


How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

I’m the only person that I know who is like me and describing myself is like describing neon colors to a blind person. My work… Hmm… I guess you could call it electric lowbrow with a hint of sexy.

What drives you?

Good question. Many things motivate me, loud music (mostly punk and drum&bass) caffeine, the fear of failure and sometimes jealousy. Is that too honest?

What is your definition of art?

To each their own.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Mostly loud music, sometimes alcohol.


How do you deal with artist's block?

Keep on working, it’s a battle sometimes.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

Can anyone truly answer this question?


Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

I just finished a European tour. I painted live at night clubs and had shows in Amsterdam, Paris, & Berlin. I wanted to stay but I had to paint live in Tokyo, which isn’t a bad thing.

Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

Honestly, I want to continue painting and expressing myself through my art. If I can continue doing that until the very end, I’ll be happy.

I know my artwork is finished when…?

Good question, sometimes it’s more than obvious and other times it’s not.

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

I’ll answer that one on my deathbed.

Which are your favourite artists?

They rotate a lot but currently I am enjoying the work of Szukalski, Glenn Barr, Dragon76, and can I add myself to this list?

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Best exhibition ever participated in…?

There have been quite a few good ones, I don’t want to say which one is my most favorite because I don’t want to bruise anyone’s feelings.

Greatest achievements so far…?

That’s a tough one too. Can I answer this one after the show?

Would love to exhibit my work in …

I’ve shown my work in a lot of places and with the internet it’s really seen all over the world but If I could show my physical work somewhere or paint live I wouldn’t mind New York or Hong Kong.

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Artist Bio/Statement EXTENDED:

“It all started with Camel Cigarette ads and Iron Maiden records.”

Johnny (The Spilt Ink) was born in Detroit on a cold October night in 1977.

His first day home from the hospital was on Halloween

where helped pass out candy to all the

colorful ghouls and ghosts.

He was obviously doomed from the start.

In his youth, he didn’t pursue the usual

school activities, instead he spent countless

hours drawing Joe Camel ads, comics and

Iron Maiden record covers,

“They were my friends and I loved that they

were packed with action and color.”

As a teenager he moving to San Francisco to

attend art school. There he invested all his time in DJing, art and photography.

After graduating, he had a brief stint in advertising until he found himself unemployed due to the sudden burst of the

dotcom bubble. With nowhere to go and

nothing to do he was saved by his Japanese friends in Tokyo.

“I was invited out to DJ and hang out

for a bit, but then I fell in love with the city

and its art filled culture.”

At this time, he developed his current style.

Be it the excitement of the clubs or the electricity

in the streets, something exhilarating

happened to him and his art.

Since then Johnny has traveled the world on

tour painting live at music events in Amsterdam,

Athens, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo & the USA.

Johnny currently resides in Tokyo where he

focuses on new paintings for clients, painting at

music events, planning his next tour,

sketching at cafes and drinking.

Artist interview with Joshua Bernard

Artist Name: UWA

Born: Jakarta, Indonesia

Live: Tokyo

Website url: https://joshuabernardnugro.wixsite.com/encryptedmagic

Instagram : @joshuauwabernard

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UWA was born in Jakarta , Indonesia.

He was never dream to pursue or become a painter, it was his father that once told him when he was still 10 years old that in a dream his father see that he’s doing a painting.

Since a child UWA was obsessed about the nature of state of realities  and fail to find purpose or a decent answer to some human most fundamental questions.

UWA’s journey had led him to the metaphysical and beyond, he survived many near death experiences and had experienced other dimensions encounter.

UWA doesn’t considered himself an artist nor his work as an art rather associate his work as with his own personal term an Encrypted Magic.

UWA believes that human race have to evolve collectively and we all need to befriend with the infinity that we’ve forgot.

UWA see his work “Encrypted Magic” as a note between the source/ God/ Infinite and him.

He was guided through a voice often to direct which colors he should pick, how many lines, and occasionally to disrupt and change a piece of work he personally have considered done or beautiful.

Who would i like to buy my art?

Masayoshi Son , I would tell him that I will replace all of We Work’s building light installations with my encrypted magic and I’m convinced that the whole world will be more hyped in chasing the infinite and doing their own light works no matter what the form is.. because my works are simply much better looking and will inspired the whole world to embrace and advance the coming and the need for Singularity and all the other future yet to come.

Rather than a widespread various  casualty in the anomalies variations in post robot-human merge the whole world could shift it’s focus to what really matters and required for us civilization type 0 to evolve into the next.

This is of the utmost important and we do need all the resources that we have and currently we are doing far, far from enough.

How would I describe myself and my artwork (explained on the artist statement above)

What drives me?

The infinte.

I would like to quote from H.G Wells

Life begins perpetually. Gathered together at last under the leadership of man, the student-teacher of the universe... unified, disciplined, armed with the secret powers of the atom, and with knowledge as yet beyond dreaming, Life, forever dying to be born afresh, forever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars.

Where do i get my inspiration?

It’s given. Sometimes even dictated by the voice- like i mentioned in the artist statement.

How do i deal with artist block?

If there are two thing that i know for certain that are constant is that 1. Change and 2. Artist block is not in the vocabulary of UWA. Haha

I mean i’ve had around 4,000 encrypted magic at my disposal right now ready to unleashed. During my time between 17-24

Where do i see my art is going in 10 years?

To the most respectable places, to the streets, replacing tons of advertisements that hurts the feeling of so many people and making everyone feel depressed, the world needs light and colors and a reminder of what’s really important.

I imagine my encrypted magic can fill not only conservative art representation places but also in more public places, but we are going to VR world and beyond, and that’s where i see more fitting and yeah...

I would like to see the encrypted magic are being associated with the movement of this forces of technological advancement and the companies that represent it.

I think there’s no limit to where it can touch.

Can you tell what you have going on right now?

I’m going to the Tokyo Intl Art Fair this upcoming june 7-8

Before I Die...

That’s the thing about all of this, i’m not planning to die and I don’t want to die, and people need to embrace the fact that death will be a thing of the past , in a form of way, and think deeper about now what we’re gonna do about it once we received immortality in a form- and that back to my statement regarding what’s really important being a human being and that there are no limits and we need to collectively focus on what’s really matter , to advanced as a species.


I know my artwork is finished when..

It’s finished

Best commissioned artwork ever done was?

The best is always yet to come

Which are your favorite artists?

I have the utmost respect and love for Yayoi Kusama.. there’s no word on this planet to define her vigor and it’s just Yayoi and her infinite thingy too, but we have to go double infinite this time.

And of course Inoko-san of TeamLab.. he invented what i would call , the right way of doing it, and i know it’s only just the beginning, i hope so.

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Best exhibition ever participated in.

Late night Solo exhibition at The Gate 88 , Bali.

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Greatest achievement so far..

Still being alive after seeing things which are not meant to be seen for everyone and experience things which border to the point of the most schizophrenic etc etc etc..

Thats why nowadays kids need to be tougher and focus more on the “light”.

がんばって ください!!

Would love to exhibit my work in...

The Catacombs of Paris.

It’s dark and perfect for my encrypted magic.

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HIGHLIGHTS TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 - BELLESALLE, ROPPONGI 7-8 JUNE 2019

Tokyo International Art Fair

東京インターナショナルアートフェア

5th Edition, 07-08 JUNE 2019 | 2019年6月7日-8日

Belle Salle Roppongi

The award-winning Global Art Agency selects the highlights for the fifth Tokyo International Art Fair, taking place at the Belle Salle Roppongi on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019. www.tokyoartfair.com

Padi Faraji

Title: Fishpond by Padi Faraji

Title: Fishpond by Padi Faraji

An abstract artist originally from Iran now based in Japan.  Faraji takes her inspiration from nature, in particular the ocean.  Designs, colours and textures of layers upon layers with dramatic movements often play out in her works. Paint is not just a colouring material; by applying paint layer by layer the artist creates a sculptural expression.

Cho, Hui-Chin

A resist-destiny female artist suffering from the distorted world who enjoys creating distorted artworks. Her grotesque yet serene artworks explore the existence between life and death, investigate the darkest humanities and reveal the fetish. She works across painting and sculpture and with deeply symbolic materials, explaining their association with "life once lived".

Jatin Khan

Khan's art focuses on the fundamental commonality of all humanity, specifically emotion, evolution and ascension. It simultaneously aims to transcend all concepts of regionalism, stereotype herd culture and societal programming, with a unique unrepeatable quality to each work. The imagery tends to unfold in duality; the complete picture with its primary impact, and the emergence of various minute elements which compound upon the primary impact. Each work is a different experience in itself aimed at evoking pure emotion, carrying its own unique energy signature.

UWA

A continuous tour between our inner landscape toward our idea of “light”, our  very nature of existence in this present universe. Befriend with the Infinity you forgot. It’s about The portrayal of your own ‘bigger’ or higher self, God according to your own image, across the portal, digging through dimensions. Surrounded with ice, maybe water, a spectrum of colours not yet known to earth standing beyond him the one who always guides him, his own future self. The infinite encryption - from simple cells to making what’s beyond here and now.

Araki Nobuyoshi

The 3D sculpture is a handmade, hand-painted ceramic based on Araki’s childlike drawing in his publication Dotei Datcho-Kun, 1995. The elephant artwork DELON KUN presents a symbol of a man, showing when several men compete to win the best woman first.  However they are so fiercely competitive that they can't move together and finally all fail and show a state of sagging, just like human sexuality and  physiology. 

Alexander Yaya, Crisolart Galleries

The artist is prone to decorativeness; his works work equally well as monumental graffiti on the wall of a house or a stylish fabric print. He stylizes the proportions of human bodies, making his models thinner and taller, lengthening their hands, generalising the silhouettes. All his heroines look fragile and the girl here is melancholic, whilst the fish watches with a playful smile.  The viewer wonders who plays the lead and who is pulling whom forward. Yaya plays up the clash of primary colours: the yellow is open and red turns a cherry hue, cooled down to avoid discord with other tones. Perhaps, if the composition on the right were cut off earlier, the work would look more harmonious, adjusted and stable. The girl would be exactly on the central axis, and there would be no doubt about who the scene is centred around.

Harry Arling

Dutch artist Arling creates Kosmotronics,  works of art made from plastic waste.  Kosmotroniks is the Art of Alchemy, where the discarded and unwanted, the waste of a consumer society, is transformed into the dreams of the child in us all, in the fantastical and beautiful. Arling's work is characterised by colour lifting the spirit and detail delighting the eye. The mechanical whimsical; the joyous unreal made solid.

Andrei Tunikov, Crisolart Galleries

Striving to convey dynamics and character through plastics, Tunikov turned to the image of birds and discovered an amazing world of their feelings, full of emotions. Angrily shifted eyebrows, open beak, ruffled neck - these details are capable of conveying characters and psychological conditions.  The choice is migratory birds forced to move around in search of warm places for hunting and propagation. The artist emphasises and expresses this life path full of discoveries, challenges and victories. His work reflects all the details of anatomical and physical resemblance to life model, requiring a painstaking everyday work to elaborate all the details of feathers, taking a year to complete.

Michele Righetti

Singapore-based painter and sculptor Michele Righetti is an incisive contemporary thinker of art able to master inter-disciplinary techniques and styles through paintings, sculpture and graphics. A unique and fascinating imaginary world is celebrated through artworks telling stories deeply rooted within life experiences, memories, culture and fascination for nature elements.  http://www.righettiart.com/portfolio/ 

雙勺冰淇淋 Ron English 經典獨家販售的口味

Ronnnie Rabbbit 和 Starskull。

快樂亦好吃!最新創作作品,看起來可怕又可愛,矛盾的組合創作方式。

Double scoop ice cream Ron English signature flavours: Ronnnie Rabbbit and Starskull. Happily delicious!

Ron English, APPortfolio, China

One of the most prolific and recognisable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and TV. He coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.


Tokyo International Art Fair 2019

Dates & Times:
Friday 7th June 2019, 18.00 - 21.00 - Opening - private view by invitation & ticket only. Including Champagne Reception, Private View and Vernissage and music from DJ Katsuya Everywhere.  Tickets available here http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets

Saturday 8th June 2019, 11.00 - 18.00 - Open to public, free entrance.

Live painting and the Global Art Awards Ceremony at 17.00. Pre-book tickets here http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets

Venue:

BELLE SALLE Roppongi

Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 7 Chome−18−18, 住友不動産六本木通ビル

For more information about the Tokyo International Art Fair, please go to www.tokyoartfair.com

ENDS

Press contacts:

(English speaking) Sarah Pracey + 44 7985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com

or

(Japanese speaking) Jun Ueda +81 8063047000 / agent@globalartagency.com

 

グローバルアートエージェンシー主催 TOKYO†INTERNATIONAL†ART†FAIR

グローバルアートエージェンシー主催

TOKYO†INTERNATIONAL†ART†FAIR

2019年6⽉7・8⽇

グローバルアートエージェンシーが主催する『TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR』

が開催されます。東京では5回⽬となる本フェアは、⾔語や⽂化をこえ、アートを通じて

国際交流をするための祭典として、世界40ヶ国以上から150名を超える参加アーティストが、

⼀堂に会し、⾄極の空間で様々な素材や技法を⽤いた現代アートを展⽰します。絵画・彫刻・

写真・イラストなど、さまざまな現代アートが楽しめる同アートフェアではアーティストと

コレクターが直接取引ができるとても貴重でユニークなイベントとなっています。

TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 開催概要

⽇程:2019年6⽉7⽇(⾦)18:00〜21:00

オープニングセレモニー・プレスイベント(要予約)

チケット:1,500 円 チケットはこちら http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets

2019年6⽉8⽇(⼟)11:00〜18:00

⼀般公開 ⼊場無料

ライブペインティング・アート作品展⽰・販売・授賞式

会場:Belle Salle Roppongi

〒106-0032 東京都港区六本⽊7 −18−18 住友不動産六本⽊通ビル1F

公式URL: http://www.tokyoartfair.com/

主催:グローバルアートエージェンシ

【お問い合せ】 Joëlle Dinnage + 44 7825 443925 office@globalartagency.com

Jun Ueda + 81 80 6304 7000

The count-down is on for Tokyo's most vibrant art event this year

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Expect over 100 exhibitors to take over Belle Salle Roppongi for the 5th Edition of Tokyo's must-see art event!

東京インターナショナルアートフェア

07-08 JUNE 2019 | 2019年6月7日-8日


“Ice Cream” by Ron English

“Ice Cream” by Ron English

Ron English's POPaganda is one of the headliners of the 5th edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair 2019. English's Cereal Killers and other characters from his renowned POPaganda art will be bursting onto the Toyko art scene next month when one of the world's most prolific and recognisable artists takes centre stage at the Tokyo International Art Fair.

English, famous for his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, joins other leading artists and galleries from around the globe making for the fifth edition of the city's must-see art event.

Set in the stunning Belle Salle Roppongi, just a stone's throw from the Mori Art Museum, the Tokyo International Art Fair brings together under one roof some of the most exciting and challenging artwork ever seen in the city.

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More than 100 artists and galleries will take part, transforming Tokyo's artistic landscape. Art collectors and enthusiasts alike will get a one-off opportunity to view the wide range of art on show, talk to the artists to learn what inspired them and buy unique art for their home, workspace or garden. They can also enjoy an exclusive preview by attending a champagne private view when the art fair opens its doors on the evening of Friday 7th June.

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Paintings, sculpture, photography, illustrations, jewellery and bespoke crafts created using a wealth of different media and techniques are just some of the artworks at the two day event, with each artist carefully selected for the calibre, style and individuality of their work.

In launching the fifth edition of the hugely successful Tokyo International Art Fair, Joëlle Dinnage of the award-winning Global Art Agency says, "This year's event will be a highlight on the vibrant Tokyo art scene, bringing a spectacular collection of contemporary work from established as well as emerging artists from across the globe – exhibitors from over 23 countries including many from Europe and Asia. I am thrilled to see a lot of Pop Art style work this year, which I am sure the local people will also be excited with.

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

“Gato Samuray” by TOT (Colombia) represented by HighArtGallery (Japan)

“Gato Samuray” by TOT (Colombia) represented by HighArtGallery (Japan)

"Big names, among them Ron English represented by APPortfolio (China), Cho, Hui-Chin (Taiwan), Gallery 21 (Japan), Damien Hirst represented by Dutch Curator and many more, will be there, so the quality and the sheer diversity of the work on show will be outstanding. We want to fill the city with colour and get everyone talking about and buying art. The event will inspire and enrich everyone who steps foot through the door."

Alongside the art on show, the fair will feature live painting, also live music by DJ ‘Katsuya Everywhere’, expect Geisha’s to pour champagne on the opening evening, and there is the chance for every visitor to attend the Global Art Awards Ceremony on Saturday 8th June. The culmination of the event, the Global Art Awards recognise and acknowledge the hard work of all artists and galleries taking part, singling out one overall winner and two runners-up for particular praise.

In the meantime, Dinnage and her team has picked out her personal selection for must-see work this year:

Padi Faraji

Padi Faraji

Padi Faraji

An abstract artist originally from Iran now based in Japan, Faraji takes her inspiration from nature, in particular the ocean. Designs, colours and textures of layers upon layers with dramatic movements often play out in her works. Paint is not just a colouring material; by applying paint layer by layer, the artist creates a sculptural expression.

Harry Arling

Dutch artist Arling creates Kosmotronics, works of art made from plastic waste. It's the Art of Alchemy, where the discarded, unwanted and waste of a consumer society is transformed into the dreams of the child in us all, in the fantastical and beautiful. Colour lifts the spirit and detail delights the eye. The mechanical whimsical; the joyous unreal made solid.

Cho, Hui-Chin

Cho, Hui-Chin

Cho, Hui-Chin

A resist-destiny female artist from Taiwan suffering from the distorted world who enjoys creating distorted artworks. Her grotesque yet serene artworks explore the existence between life and death, investigate the darkest humanities and reveal the fetish. She works across painting and sculpture and with deeply symbolic materials, explaining their association with "life once lived".

Jatin Khan

Jatin Khan

Jatin Khan

Khan's (India) art focuses on the fundamental commonality of all humanity, specifically emotion, evolution and ascension. It simultaneously aims to transcend all concepts of regionalism, stereotype herd culture and societal programming, with a unique unrepeatable quality. Each work is a different experience in itself aimed at evoking pure emotion, carrying its own unique energy signature. https://www.instagram.com/jatinkhanart/

UWA

The Indonesian artist's work is a continuous tour between our inner landscape towards our idea of “light”, our very nature of existence in this present universe. It’s about the portrayal of your own ‘bigger’ or higher self, God according to your own image, across the portal, digging through dimensions. Surrounded with ice, maybe water, a spectrum of colours not yet known to earth standing beyond him, the one who always guides him, his own future self.

Alexander Yaya, Crisolart Galleries (Barcelona, Spain)

A prominent representative of the so-called “highbrow” art movement, largely focused on figurative and abstract sculpture and painting, Yaya's works are distinguished by organic forms and spectacular colours that create a harmonious balance between nature and human. The artist is prone to decorativeness; his works work equally well as monumental graffiti on the wall of a house or a stylish fabric print.

Michele Righetti

Singapore-based painter and sculptor Michele Righetti is an incisive contemporary thinker of art able to master inter-disciplinary techniques and styles through paintings, sculpture and graphics. A unique and fascinating imaginary world is celebrated through artworks telling stories deeply rooted within life experiences, memories, culture and fascination for nature elements.

Ron English, APPortfolio, China

One of the most prolific and recognisable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and TV. He coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters.

Araki Nobuyoshi

The 3D sculpture is a handmade, hand-painted ceramic based on Araki’s childlike drawing in his publication Dotei Datcho-Kun, 1995. The elephant artwork DELON KUN presents a symbol of a man, showing when several men compete to win the best woman first. However, they are so fiercely competitive that they cannot move together and finally all fail and show a state of sagging, just like human sexuality and physiology.

Andrei Tunikov

Striving to convey dynamics and character through plastics, Tunikov turned to the image of birds and discovered an amazing world of their feelings and emotions. His choice is migratory birds forced to move around in search of warm places for hunting and propagation. The artist emphasises and expresses this life path full of discoveries, challenges and victories, reflecting the details of anatomical and physical resemblance to life.

The Tokyo International Art Fair takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019.


Dates & Times:
Friday 7th June 2019, 18.00 - 21.00 - Opening - private view by invitation & ticket only. Including Champagne Reception, Private View and Vernissage sponsored by Wall Street Journal and DJ Katsuya Everywhere. Tickets available here http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets

Saturday 8th June 2019, 11.00 - 18.00 - Open to the public, free entrance.

Live painting and the Global Art Awards Ceremony at 17.00. Pre-book tickets here http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets

Venue:

BELLE SALLE Roppongi

Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 7 Chome−18−18, 住友不動産六本木通ビル

For more information about the Tokyo International Art Fair, please go to: www.tokyoartfair.com


ENDS

Press contacts:

Sarah Pracey + 44 7985 112 777 / sarah@praceypr.com

or

Joëlle Dinnage + 44 7825 443925

office@globalartagency.com



Araki Nobuyoshi | Japan

Araki Nobuyoshi | Japan

Volunteer for one of the biggest International Art Fairs in Tokyo

Interested in interning or volunteering for an international art fair? Then look no further!

Opportunities are available to learn about every aspect of building a fair, including being on-site and working the actual event.

The volunteers receive (upon successful completion): 
- ‘Certificate of Completion Tokyo Art Fair volunteer Assistant” 2019.
- Official thank you letter signed by the Director of the organisation. 
- Invitation for 2 for the VIP After-Party on Sat 8th June at 21.00pm
- Free Catalogue Tokyo Art Fair 2019 
- Free 2 VIP Tickets Fri 7th June Champagne Reception to invite key contacts.

To find out more please fill in the form below and we will contact you about current openings.

Volunteers will have to work on both art fair days: Friday 7th June from 12noon till 21.00pm & Saturday 8th June from 11.00am till 18.00pm 2019.

Or email your CV with photo to: office@globalartagency.com

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Tokyo International Art Fair 2018 success at Roppongi BelleSalle

More than 7000 art aficionados were eager to enter through the doors of BelleSalle Roppongi over the weekend (Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018) as Tokyo city hosted the fourth Tokyo International Art Fair organised by the Global Art Agency (GAA Ltd).

Roppongi BelleSalle was arranged to perfection with over 100 artist and gallery stands from over 30 countries from around the world. The atmosphere was charged with positive vibes as visitors took in the wide range of original art available and took pieces they had purchased home.

Charles Ho from The Wall Street Journal said: "What an evening in Roppongi, where international artists meeting global insights, a superb platform for uprising talent."

New York Gallery from Japan sold within the first hour an original painting by the artist FLORE for 1.2 mill JPY, followed by many more during the art fair.

First prize winner of 2016 Best TIAF Artist Award August Vilella who sold 3 artworks last year worth $ 45,000 USD was back again this year making another outstanding performance... "It is like being family over-here, always a pleasure to exhibit with such a fine organisation."

The weekend culminated in the announcement on Saturday afternoon of the winner of the "Best Tokyo International Art Fair Artist" in by both the panel of judges and members of the public.

1st Prize: Bharat Thakur
2nd Prize: New Now Gallery
3rd Prize: Cristina Jin (Sun Gallery, New York)

From left to right: Manu Alguero, Natal Vallve, Igor Abramovich (New Now Gallery) Barat Thakur, Cristina Jin, New Now Gallery, Joëlle Dinnage.

From left to right: Manu Alguero, Natal Vallve, Igor Abramovich (New Now Gallery) Barat Thakur, Cristina Jin, New Now Gallery, Joëlle Dinnage.

First prize went to Bharat Thakur who displayed a miracle of realism portraits (for some on the border shuddersome) although technique and style of the highest form! The second prize went to New Now Gallery, owned by Igor Abramovich who's vision lays with Ukrainian art and helping create painting collections in Ukraine. Promotes cooperation between Ukrainian painters and renown auction houses of the world — Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Phillips and Bonhams. Believes that nowadays national art is becoming a worthy partner of international cultural dialogue. Third prize went to Cristina Jin ( New York) originally comes from New Zealand and she believes our purest form of emotion are in the moments. Those emotion is the most honest, natural and emphatic. She wants to keep that entrance of memory, no matter she goes back or not. Christina always carries her easel wherever she goes. Painting for her is to capture the natural first-hand reaction to her encounters, the thrill and the fear and the realization of her adventure.

Organisers of the fair; Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city's reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

"TIAF 2018 was a great success not only for the big selection of exhibitors from all around the world. It was a window of what's going on in the contemporary art world nowadays" Natal Vallvé said.

"We'll be back for more in 2019 and are already planning next year's event," Joëlle Dinnage said.

For more information on next year's Tokyo International Art Fair and other forthcoming events, please visit www.tokyoartfair.com or www.globalartagency.com Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GlobalArtAgency and follow us on Twitter
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Alexandra Mekhanik; "Unfinished phrase of my brush gives the opportunity to enlarge the viewers’ imagination."

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Artist and Photographer Alexandra Mekhanik was born in Moscow in October ’78 in the 4th generation of architects and artists of her father’s family. Graduated as a Master of Technology and Interior Designer of Architectural spaces. Alexandra has been working as an interior designer and decorator for 15 years making public and private spaces in mainly in France, Russia, and Germany.

She describes her artwork as Monochrome. Minimalism. Elegance. Harmony.

"Unfinished phrase of my brush gives the opportunity to enlarge the viewers’ imagination. In general the message of my works is to Welcome to the Harmony of your Mind and Soul!"

How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?

Clearly readable minimalism and harmony in everything. Dignity is highly appreciated in my heart. About myself,.. open hearted, easygoing and understanding. My credo is “treat others as you want to be treated”.

My works are slightly unfinished to offer the space for the viewers’ imagination and fantasy.

As to photography, they are taken in a special way to show out the idea, to make the viewers appreciate even tiny details which we could hardly ever notice in our fast life. Color combinations are chosen to be so delicious to give a pleasure to the viewers looking at them longer and longer, discovering more interesting unusual details.: 

What is your definition of art?

Art has no rules. Endless quantity of different technics and mixed media of art now allows the artist’s heart speak genuinely to the viewers, becoming one of international language of peace and life philosophy. Art is a mission living deep inside while artist is collecting his inspiration until the explosion of  his feelings and emotions.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Night is the most inspiring time for me to create.

Talking about collecting the inspiring moments, I find them everywhere. And of course, I need to travel. Comparing cultural deference, learning all the time, looking, noticing beauty in unexpected places, in hardly visible details..

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

Ideally it’s going to become a multifunctional capsular atelier for different art media such as painting, drawings, sculpture, photography, installations, furniture design, homeware and home wear. As far as, anyway, all this connected with printing, it would be great to organize a publishing/typographical space there for making coffee table art books, fine art photography books, as well as coffee tables themselves, which I have patented recently. I also see my own gallery where I would be happy to gather the works of the most interesting artists from all over the world, to organize Art Exhibitions, Art Fairs, and Charity Galas for those who appreciate art of any kind and see the depth of the artworks as well as their message to the world.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

One of the most exciting project for me now is Four Elements on canvas. It’s a kind of challenge for me, because I’ve never worked in this style. But astrology has always been an attractive subject for me, as well as the knowledge about zodiac signs, different associations around it. The moon power gives me a lot of inspiration and motivation to dare. Hopefully It will grow into an extraordinary project in collaboration with a great Astro scientist.

Florencia Zampieri composing her dynamic world at the Tokyo International Art Fair

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Florencia Zampieri (22nd March 1973) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since she was a little girl she used to spend her time painting and drawing. She was inspired by all kind of art expressions, so, while she was studying at primary school she started dancing Classic and Contemporary Dance as a hobby. When she finished school she became a Dance teacher at only 17 years old.

Her passion and love to all artistic expressions, inspired her to study Architecture and then Image and Visual Merchandising. In 1998 she graduated from The Buenos Aires University of Architecture and Urbanism.

When she was 24 years old, she started as a University Design Professor and she introduced her self into Habitat Theory Investigation.

Florencia studied different art expression with few teachers that gave her a solid basement to continue her career. Abstract, collage, colours, acrylic, oils, pencils, papers, textures are her tools to compose her dynamic world.

This is a Q & A with Florencia Zampieri, exhibitor at the Tokyo International Art Fair 2018.

Q: How would you describe yourself? And your artwork?
A: My artwork reflects what I am, a Woman in Movement. 

Q: What drives you? 
A: The pleasure that gives the power of art creation, play with colours and textures.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: Images, photos, traveling…life experiences, moments, topics…

Q: Where do you see your art going in ten years?
A: Trascending new frontiers, in constantly movement. 

Q: I know my artwork is finished when?
A: When I feel satisfied

Q: Best exhibition ever participated in?
A: The Next One!

Q: Would love to exhibit my work in?
A: No limits

Art painter and Art Fashion Designer Hiroko Saigusa from Tokyo expresses the power of life we create

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At first glance, Hiroko Saigusa’s vibrant paintings are mesmerizing. Working in predominantly acrylic on canvas, HIROKO seamlessly weaves bold lines, geometric planes, and energetic fields of color that comprise her dynamically abstract oeuvre. Her works are at once playful and emotive. In paintings such as Power, curved organic shapes composed of bright red, chartreuse, and navy tones dance and writhe around each other in a nearly dizzying manner. HIROKO’s The 60s evokes a similar playfulness, incorporating bright tones of orange, green and yellow contained within shapes that are reminiscent of the Flower Power movement. Passion elicits a mood of cheerful frenzy as contrasting shades of red, blue, orange, and yellow endlessly twirl around each other.

Born in Japan, the artist is heavily influenced by activities such as drawing, textiles, fashion design, graphic design, and space design. Throughout much of her oeuvre, HIROKO frequently incorporates the color red. She states: “[Red] represents human blood and I feel that I can expresses the power of life we create. It represents vitality, capability, and emotions of human beings.” The artist currently resides in Japan.

This is a short Q&A with HIROKO SAIGUSA.

Q: What is your definition of art?

A: I think that what is alive is art. I am very active and I want to make friends with people all over the world.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration?

A: Passion and fashion

Q: How do you deal with artist's block?

A: Never experienced it 

Q: Where do you see your art going in ten years?

A: Paris collection; That my art makes it to fashion.

Q: Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

A: Study of psychiatry

Q: Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

A: Have my own shop and say thank you my memories friends and family

Q: Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

A: Received the Grand Prize at the Japan-China-Korea Art Exhibition. And interview with magazines

Q: Which are your favourite artists?

A: Jean-Michel Basquiat

Q: Greatest achievements so far…?

A: My paintings are currently designed on clothes on show in San Francisco.

Q: Would love to exhibit my work in...?

A: I am praying for activities in New York, Berlin, France and around the world.

Website url: www.hirokosaigusa.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hiroko.saigusa

Stephen Hawking inspired art, and a Dalai Lama SUMO-sized surprise at the Tokyo International Art Fair 2018 - Press Release English Version

The city of Tokyo will be playing host to hundreds of talented artists from all around the world when it stages the fourth edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair on 25-26 May 2018, Bellesalle Roppongi. More than 100 exhibitors from over 30 countries will be filling the prime located venue with an incredible display of art, with more pieces than ever before gathered under one roof for visitors to admire and to buy in the city’s largest Artist showcase of modern and contemporary art.

This year, the organisers Global Art Agency joined forces with BELLESALLE Roppongi to host the fourth Tokyo International Art Fair - yet again expecting thousands of art loving visitors and huge sales. Roppongi (六本木, literally "six trees") is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the affluent Roppongi Hills development area which includes the famous Mori Art Museum.

Organisers Joëlle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency are making the fantastic (free) two-day art extravaganza a versatile art happening for the locals of Tokyo. A huge variety of artworks, offering every visitor something to suit their style, all in an affordable price-range to buy and to take home on the day. "We are extremely happy with the new venue, it will be another spectacle." they said.

On show will be paintings, sculptures, photography art, illustrations, printmaking, and jewellery, with a live painting and music show at the event.

“Almost 10,000 people visited the event last year, connections were made, and great sales happened, so everyone was extremely satisfied. There was no doubt to continue and build on the success of the previous editions. We have worked very hard to get a brilliant new venue in one of Tokyo's hotspots attracting art aficionado's from all over the world, and partnering up with The Wall Street Journal has been a great bonus too!" said organiser Joëlle Dinnage.

"We have new talent exhibiting this year as well as some known names, some of them exhibited also with us last year, and of course there are the famous names such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Pure Evil and works by Takashi Marukami"

HIGHLIGHTS:

TASCHEN (Japan) will be exhibiting a World Heritage landmark, this SUMO-sized publication presents the most precious surviving murals of Tibetan Buddhist culture.  For the first time, these astonishing and intricate masterpieces can be appreciated in blazing color and life-size resolution. Signed by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, coming with a bookstand designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect  Shigeru Ban. 

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DisQuiet Gallery (Singapore). There are elusive beasts, and they are called mental illnesses. DisQuiet, an art collective comprising 4 Singaporean artists, aims to create awareness on them. The apparent clash of artistic styles is to tell the narrative that anyone, no matter how different, can succumb to the fragility of the mind. And within each artist’s collection, the pieces depict how the artist views the torment that the sufferers have to go through.

GArtGallery (Russia) is a Moscow-based gallery will be creating a special story in order to present arts in an unusual form with a new conceptual reading at the Tokyo International Art Fair.

Keiko Imaizumi (Canada) will be showing positive enlightened prints presented with LED light backing with a Japanese natural frost motive which reflects the sincerity of the nature of Japan.

Franco The Creator (UK) his creative philosophies are united by eternal values and REVIVAL of spirituality, and serve as an impetus to reconnect with a mode of life most of us have only ever heard about. This driving power that motivates Franco's search for EMOTIONAL TRUTH. He believes that color and geometry can greatly affect how we perceive this meaning. Geometry questions shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space... it almost sounds if Stephen Hawkins had an influence on his works.

Cuen Gallery (Mexico) Expect conceptual design from artist Ramon Jimenez Cardenas creating objects and sculpture pieces. His typologies and materials seen in objects are often derived from design insights seen in his hometown Oaxaca, Mexico. These insights are mostly seen in architectural structures which carry narrative and a graphic language of their own. 

Christopher Parker (USA) Ever heard of ArtLampoons? Well this is your chance to see them... Rice paper lanterns with watercolour, gouache, pen and glycerin.

WOW Art Gallery (HK) Kaya believes that art and design share an inseparable relationship with limitless possibilities. The creative process is a cycle in which people continuously transform, edit and improve the concept, where the purpose is to create creativity in the hope of achieving self-actualization.

Christina Jin (USA) originally comes from New Zealand and she believes our purest form of emotion are in the moments. Those emotion is the most honest, natural and emphatic. She wants to keep that entrance of memory, no matter she goes back or not. Christina always carries her easel wherever she goes. Painting for her is to capture the natural first-hand reaction to her encounters, the thrill and the fear and the realization of her adventure.

And also watch out for EStYLE Art Gallery (Taiwan), ABU Gallery (Guinea-Bissau), Manu Algueró, Suzi Nassif.

 

Best Artist Award Oxford International Art Fair 2018:

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Bogdan Mihai Radu, a Romanian artist whose works spoke volumes at the entrance to the Oxford International Art Fair. On an immense scale that’s immersive, Bogdan’s abstracted expressionism is bold and striking, dense with mood and emotion telling a story of his life, a traumatic episode and a challenging psychological state with which Bogdan worked through in these paintings. ‘I cannot live without painting,’ says Bogdan, ‘because it’s only when I paint that I feel truly alive.’ He is thrilled to have won this award, and will be exhibiting at TIAFA 2018 with pride to show his works to the Asian collectors.

Local Highlights:

AYA Gallery (Japan) Finding inspiration in nature, visualising colours, shapes and lines that feel warm and vibrant. In this exhibition, AYA deal with Japanese agricultural landscapes.

Generative Art Studio (Japan) Expect unpredictable artworks created by programming, 3DCG, MotionGraphics. Without listening to the sound, producing music... it's an experience!

Colleen Sakurai (Japan) Her artistic goal is to keep things simple. Shapes and forms that reveal and accentuate the undulating beauty of the material. 

Also keep a look out for Hiroko Saigusa (Japan), A&S Group (Japan) that have work on from Alex Einbinder and Sachiko Shigeta.

These artists are among the more than 112 showing their work at this year’s fair, which takes place on May 25 and 26. The event aims to showcase both rookie and veteran artists, as well as create chances for networking and buying the art on display.

As the fair runs on two days, it will also be split into private and public viewings. First up is the private, which costs ¥1,500. That provides potential buyers with first pick of the art on offer and includes a serving of Champagne. The public viewing is free, but a lot of people are expected to show up: the inaugural Tokyo International Art Fair last year welcomed more than 10,000 guests.

Dates & Times:
Friday 25th May 2018 : 18.00pm - 21.00pm
Including Champagne Reception, Private View and first opportunity to buy art.

Saturday 26th May 2018 : 11.00am - 19.00pm
Live painting, Buy Art Show, Global Art Awards Ceremony (18.00pm) FREE ENTRY

Tickets: Available here

Venue: BELLESALLE ROPPONGI. Japan, 〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 7 Chome−18−18, 住友不動産六本木通ビル

Website: www.tokyoartfair.com

TIAF 2017 REVIEW - Tokyo International Art Fair 2017, Hikarie, Shibuya.

More than 6000 art aficionados were eager to enter through the doors of Hikarie Hall over the weekend (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017) as Tokyo city hosted the third Tokyo International Art Fair organised by the Global Art Agency (GAA Ltd).

Hikarie Hall was arranged to perfection with over 150 artist and gallery stands from over 30 countries from around the world. The atmosphere was charged with positive vibes as visitors took in the wide range of original art available and took pieces they had purchased home.

Visitors were sipping away on Bombay Sapphire Cocktails sponsored by Bacardi Japan, whilst looking around to invest into a piece of original art.

Exhibitor Sabet from California who sold one of his original paintings "Snow Monkey" for a substantial price of $ 12,000. Was back again this year and performed some live painting sessions to the crowd of Tokyo. He said: "It has been yet again amazing and I'll forever be grateful to the GAA team! Cannot wait till next year!"

Exhibitor Victoriano said: "Tokyo International Art Fair 2017 has been an amazing experience, It was the first time I shown part of my new CMYK collection so I wasn't sure what to expect, but was overwhelmed by all the nice comments, and I sold my 2 star pieces. All in all a great event, thanks GAA team!"

The weekend culminated in the announcement on Saturday afternoon of the winner of the "Best Tokyo International Art Fair Artist" in by both the panel of judges and members of the public.

From left to right: LOC, Mr Vallve, Ms Dinnage, Ben Mori, Mr Maruhashi, Shinichi Tashiro.

From left to right: LOC, Mr Vallve, Ms Dinnage, Ben Mori, Mr Maruhashi, Shinichi Tashiro.

Art by Shinichi Tashiro

Art by Shinichi Tashiro

First prize went to Japanese street artist Shinichi Tashiro (represented by TOKYO Gallery Singapore) Tashiro who is known for constructing highly inventive collages that make humorous commentaries on subjects from fashion to consumer culture. The second prize went to Ben Mori (represented by SEZON Art Gallery) who was born in Tokyo to a Japanese Father and an American Mother. After graduating from Keio Jr. High, he then attended school on the East Coast where he graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Graphic Design. And the third prize went to LOC Gallery (Hong Kong) LOC pride themselves for being a bridge for art, interior design and children's education, pushing the boundaries of what a traditional design firm should be - and our Jury agreed.

Organisers of the fair; Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city's reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

"TIAF 2017 was a great success not only for the big selection of exhibitors from all around the world. It was a window of what's going on in the contemporary art world nowadays due the best artists " Natal Vallvé said.

"We'll be back for more in 2018 and are already planning next year's event," they said.

For more information on next year's Tokyo International Art Fair and other forthcoming events, please visit www.tokyoartfair.com or www.globalartagency.com Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GlobalArtAgency and follow us on Twitter
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ダミアン・ハースト、D*FACE、ミスターブレインウォッシュなど 現代アートのスーパースター達の作品が⼀堂に集結!

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グローバルアートエージェンシー

2017 年5⽉ 10 ⽇

ダミアン・ハースト、D*FACE、ミスターブレインウォッシュなど 現代アートのスーパースター達の作品が⼀堂に集結! 「TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2017」 5 ⽉ 26 ⽇(⾦)、27 ⽇(⼟)に渋⾕・ヒカリエホールで開催!! 公式サイト:www.tokyoartfair.com

現代アートの国際的なプラットフォームを提供しているグローバルアートエージェンシー(The Global Art Agency/略称:The GAA Ltd.、本部:イギリス、代表:ナタル・ヴァルヴ ェ)は「TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2017」を 5 ⽉ 26 ⽇(⾦)、27 ⽇(⼟)に開催 します。渋⾕ヒカリエ9階「ヒカリエホール」に世界 40 カ国以上の国々から 150 名以上のアー ティストやギャラリーが⾔語や⽂化の垣根を越えて⼀堂に会します。 5 ⽉ 26 ⽇(⾦)には、招待者およびチケット購⼊者が参加できるレセプションパーティーを開催 します。翌 27 ⽇(⼟)は⼊場無料で公開、どなたでも作品の鑑賞・購⼊やアーティスト達との交 流をお楽しみいただけます。また同⽇ 18 時より最も優れた出展者を表彰する「Global Art Award」授賞式を執り⾏います。 「TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR」(TIAF)初開催の 2015 年は原宿クエストホールに⼆ ⽇間で七千⼈以上が、昨年は表参道ヒルズ「スペース・オー」に⼆⽇間で⼀万⼈以上の来場者が 集まり、出展アーティストやギャラリーと共に、この現代アートの祭典を盛り上げました。 ⽇本において三度⽬の開催となる今年は、会場を渋⾕ヒカリエ 9 階「ヒカリエホール」に移して 更にバージョンアップ!来場者がそれぞれの趣味嗜好に合った作品を⼿ごろな値段で購⼊して持 ち帰ることができる、アートファン⾄極の⼆⽇間が今年も繰り広げられます。 「TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2017」では、ダミアン・ハースト、D*FACE、ミスタ ー・ブレインウォッシュ、シェーン・ボーデンなど現代アートのスーパースター達の名作をはじ め、絵画・彫刻・写真・イラスト・ジュエリーなど多種多様な作品の展⽰・販売を⾏います。ま た、現代アートを⽣で体感していただくために、ライブペインティングやミュージックショーな ども開催します。 現代アートの最前線を⾛る、世界中のアーティストやギャラリー関係者たちと同じ空間を共有 し、彼らとの会話を楽しみしながら作品が⽣み出された背景や想いに⾝を馳せる・・・誰もが思 い思いに現代アートを五感で楽しみ、⾝近に感じられることこそが、TIAF 最⼤の魅⼒と⾔えるで しょう。 GAA 代表者は「TIAF は今年も新しい才能を迎え⼊れます。特に「現代アートの⾵雲児」ダミア ン・ハースト、ストリートアートを代表する D*FACE の作品が出品されるのは今年の⼤きな⽬⽟ です。そして 2015 年の TIAF 初開催から毎回参加し、⼤きな反響を得ているミスター・ブレイン ウォッシュや、「ステロイド注⼊されたアンディ・ウォーホル」と称されるシェーン・ボーデン など、現代アートを代表するスーパースター達も数多く参加します。更にスケールアップして再 上陸する TIAF を楽しみにしていてください」とコメントしています。

【イベント概要】

名称:TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2017 会場:渋⾕ヒカリエ9F「ヒカリエホール」

住所:東京都渋⾕区渋⾕2-21-1 <レセプション/プライベートビュー>

⽇時:2017 年 5 ⽉ 26 ⽇(⾦)午後 6 時〜午後 9 時 内容:シャンパンレセプション、ライブペインティング、アートショー * ご⼊場は、招待者およびチケット購⼊者のみです * チケット販売ページ:http://www.tokyoartfair.com/tickets/

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⽇時:2017 年 5 ⽉ 27 ⽇(⼟)午前 11 時〜午後 7 時(⼊場無料) 内容:作品の展⽰・販売、アートショー、Global Art Award 授賞式

主な参加アーティスト/ギャラリー:

ダミアン・ハースト(イギリス)、DFACE(イギリス)、ミスター・ブレインウォッシュ(フラン ス)、シェーン・ボーデン(オーストラリア)、シンクレア・ワトキンス(アメリカ)、ニューヨー クギャラリー(⽇本)、「クリスタル&グラム」ギャラリー(⽇本)、ジャ・シャンタン(台湾)、 シンジ・ホリムラ(⽇本)、レイチェル・ホープ・アラン(ニュージーランド)、アナ・テオドロ ール(タイ)、ジャンニ・コルダ(イタリア)、ユアン・モロニ(アルゼンチン)、アンジェリカ・ カール(ドイツ)、アド-リフレックス(南アフリカ)、シェン・フンリン(台湾)、エル・ミエド (チリ)、ユリ・ザタライン(メキシコ)、ケーシー・フリーマン(オーストラリア)、ベン・アラ ン(UAE)、他、

▼公式サイト: http://www.tokyoartfair.com/

▼公式 facebook ページ: https://www.facebook.com/tokyoartfair

【グローバルアートエージェンシーについて】

グローバルアートエージェンシーは、2010 年にイギリスで設⽴された国際的なアート団体です。 イギリス、スペイン、オランダをはじめ世界各国での「INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR」開催を中⼼ に、その活動は年々拡がり続けています。またアートブックの出版や、チャリティオークション、若 ⼿アーティストの発掘・⽀援など、現代アート全般のプロモーション活動を⾏っています。

【報道関係者様からのお問い合わせ先】

Global Art Agency 広報代理 (株式会社 G マーケティング) 担当者 :駒崎宏典 TEL:090-2204-8861

E-mail:hkoma0124@gmail.com