Art Fair Tokyo

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

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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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

Tokyo International Art Fair 2015 Success - The Review

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ALMOST 6000 art lovers eager to snap up an original piece of contemporary work filed through the doors of Harajuku Quest Hall over the weekend (Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd May 2015) as the city of Tokyo hosted the first Tokyo International Art Fair by the Global Art Agency Ltd.

The venue was packed with over 150 artists and galleries from some 30 countries around the world and the atmosphere was charged with energy as visitors took in the wide range of unique art available and took pieces they had purchased home to adorn a living or work space wall.

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Great contacts were made, artworks were sold, Geisha’s served glasses of Champagne, and visitors were astoundingly admiring the live painting performance by Christine Walters who prepared herself immensely to put on an amazing show. Christine was certainly dressed to impress and gathered a large crowd around her watching the show. With much concentration Christine was splashing paint gracefully onto the canvas with movements almost synchronically to the cool tunes by DJ Guy Perryman. The result: Two vibrant and colourful paintings that she kindly donated to charity raising money for the Nepal charity ‘Save Blessing Child Home’ orphanage in Kathmandu.

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Big names attended the art fair from the management of Chanel to the President of Cadillac, from the PR ladies of Google+ to the contacts of the Japan Times, and numerous of other important VIP guests, who applauded the organisers for the high standard of quality artworks that were on show. And apart from many art sales also the CAE Art Book ‘Contemporary Art of Excellence - Investable art 2015’ another incentive of the GAA to promote the arts - completely sold out!

Organisers of the fair, Joelle Dinnage and business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city’s reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from exhibitors and visitors alike.

Joelle Dinnage art fair organiser said; “We are very proud and happy how it all went.” She continued; “To organise the very first Tokyo International Art Fair with such a buzzing concept that was greatly promoted amongst valuable contacts who visited the event and were hugely impressed. We are glad that many sales were processed and that a lot of opportunities have arisen and new exciting connections have been made, we are positive for the after-sales also, and looking forward to the second edition.” 

Satoshi Maruhashi also part of the GAA organisation added: “It was a tough road, but a very exciting happening, and the outcome has been amazing - this is only the start, we have a great future ahead in Asia.”

“Most importantly” Natal added; “The exhibitors had a successful show, selling works, making commissions and simply making connections, which is what the essence of the event is all about. We want to connect exhibitors with people who appreciate art, whether they’re expert collectors or just starting out, and we’re happy to have made very good progress this time around all the way in Asia where things are different, yet extremely interesting.”

Souren Mousavi, exhibitor at the Tokyo International Art Fair said: ”I loved Japan. I loved Tokyo and I loved the GAA Tokyo International Art Fair in Harajuku. This was my first exhibition in the Far East and Tokyo was a great choice. GAA were very professional as usual with organising and promoting the event.  So many visitors, so many buyers and so many art lovers. There was no time to rest on either day and I had loads of compliments. Moreover I sold prints and designer clothing, and have since received several enquiries about exhibiting some of my new works elsewhere in Japan. Looking forward to their next event in Amsterdam. I’ve tried the rest and they’re the best! I really thank them” 

Joanna Blair added; ”I sold 3 within the first hour of the opening night!!! Very exciting.”

And for Dawn aka ‘Sunrise Welward Art', who travelled from Okinawa to Tokyo to participate in the International Art Fair it was also a great success. She said; “It was very well organised in a great venue. Selling my paintings was a highlight for me and a real confidence boost. I've also received after-sale queries from galleries and potential clients.”

The Global Art Awards Ceremony also took place at the event announcing the best exhibitors of the art fair. The first prize went to ‘New York Art Gallery’ and their artists Shane Bowden and Mr Brainwash who stole the show with their urban artworks. The second prize went to Krystal & Glam Gallery from Japan, and the third prize went to Chi Hang Wong from Hong Kong. And the Facebook competition of best artist voted by the public was Michael Volpicelli from Oklahoma, US.

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Both Michael as well as New York Art Gallery will now be exhibiting at the upcoming Amsterdam International Art Fair at the Beurs van Berlage 28-29 August 2015 as part of winning the first prize.   

"Being an Artist and having a chance to be an exhibitor in an international exhibition is an amazing experience. The chance to interact with other artists and chat to viewers about my work, not to mention the opportunity to make connections with Art dealers, Curators and Directors of galleries is second to none. Plus you never know but there is always the possibility of a sale too." said Chi Hang Wong, third prize Best Exhibitor Award Tokyo International Art Fair 2015. 

“Watch out for the second edition” said Mr Maruhashi. “It will be even bigger and better!”

 

大盛況のうちに幕を閉じた東京インターナショナルアートフェア2015

 

およそ6,000人におよぶアート愛好家が各アーティストの作品を一目見ようと原宿クエストホールに集まったこの週末(5月22日,23日)。
グローバルアートエージェンシーが主催した東京の街で披露した第一回目の東京国際アートフェアは大盛況のうちに幕を閉じた。

会場は世界30カ国以上から150名以上のアーティスト、そしてギャラリーの作品で埋めつくされた。会場内の雰囲気は来場者がアートを買い求めるエネルギーで溢れ、自宅用に飾る絵を求める人もいれば、仕事場用にアートを求める人たちでごった返した。

数多くの方々がアートを通じて繋がり、また多くの作品が完売した。
芸者の装いが美しい彼女たちがシャンパンをサーブする中、素晴らしいライブアートを披露してくれたクリスティーヌ・ウォルター。来場者は称賛しました。
クリスティーヌのライブパフォーマンス衣装はとても印象的で、DJ ガイ・ペリマンの選曲に合わせ優雅にキャンバスを描いていました。
二つの活気あふれるカラフルな作品はネパールの孤児院にチャリティーとして寄付されました。

会場には大物著名人も多く来場、シャネルのマネージャーからキャデラックの社長、グーグルの広報担当者からジャパンタイムスまでVIPゲストがすばらし作品の観に訪れました。そして多くの作品が完売となりました。

このフェアの開催したグローバルエージェンシーのジョエルとビジネスパートナーのナタルは今回の盛況は参加してくれたアーティストと来場してくれたお客様のおかげで成功できたと感謝の意を表す。

オルガナイザーのジョエルは「今回のショーがこんなにも成功して本当に幸せだわ!」
東京での初のアートフェアだったから忙しく動き回ったし、大変な事もあったけど、沢山の繋がりのおかげでかたちにする事ができて本当に感動しています」
多くの作品が販売に繋がって今回の盛況はとても大きな一歩になったと感じています。次回の開催が楽しみです」

アジアを仕切るGAAのメンバーSatoshi Maruhashi(丸橋聡)は、今回のフェアについて、「ここまでの道のりはすごくタフだった。でもすごくエキサイティングな出来事だったし、結果は大盛況。でもこれは最初の一歩でしかなく、スタートできただけ。これからのアジアでの活動を盛り上げて行きたい」

「とても重要なこと」とナタルは付け加える。「出展する作家の皆さんが、絵を売り、繋がりを作り、シンプルにコレクションが作れてコミッションを得ることができる。アートフェアとはそこのエッセンスに過ぎない。僕たちは作家とアートが好きなお客様が繋がっていく、お客様はコレクターであっても、これからアートが好きになる人であっても、分け隔てなくハッピーにしたい。ただそれだけ。東京やアジアはヨーロッパとは、環境そして、文化も違うから、とても興味深い。今回の開催は僕にとっても本当に大きな一歩だった。

今回出展者として参加したサレン・ムサービは、「東京がすごく気に入ったわ、日本が大好きになったわ。GAA主催の今回の原宿でのフェアも大好き。アジアで初めての展示だったけど、東京を選んで本当によかった。GAAのオルガナイズはいつもプロフェッショナルにイベントを進めてくれる。たくさん来場者、バイヤー、アート愛好家の人たち。この2日間まったくと言っていいほど休む時間が無かったけど、たくさんの称賛をもらったわ。絵も洋服も売れたし、東京以外からも多くの興味をもらうことが出来て嬉しいの。GAAのつぎのアムステルダムでのフェアが楽しみ。本当、全部出し切った感じ。彼らに本当に感謝してるわ!彼らは本当にベストよ!

ジョアンナ・ブレアは、オープニングの夜、最初1時間で3つの作品が売れてしまったわ。とてもエキサイティング!!

ドーン・aka サンライズ・ウェルワード・アートは、今回のフェアのために沖縄から参加。「とても良くまとめられたフェアで、会場も素晴らしかったわ。絵が売れたことは私にとってすごく自信に繋がったわ。その後もギャラリーの方や顧客になりそうな方たちと繋がることができて本当に参加して良かったわ

グローバルアート授賞式は最高の参加アーティストを発表するイベント。
1位はニューヨーク・アート・ギャラリーから参加のミスターブレインウォッシュことアーティストのショーン・ボーデン。2位は日本からクリスタル・グラム・ギャラリー。3位は香港のチー・ハン・ウォン。そしてフェイスブックの投票最高獲得者のアーティストはアメリカ オクラホマのマイケル・ボルピセリが受賞しました。

マイケルとニューヨークギャラリーの2名は次回8月28日、29日アムステルダムで開催されるアートフェアへの参加が授与されています。

一人のアーティストとして、国際的なアートショーに参加できるという事はとても素晴らしい経験になると思います。会場では他の参加アーティストと出会い、話すことができ、来場者と自分の作品について対話することができる。当たり前のことだけど、アートに精通しているキュレーターや、ディレクター、そしてその国の画商の方々との関わりを作ることができる。云ってしまえば、自分の作品が売れる可能性があるってことさ。東京国際アートフェア最優秀出展者賞第3位のチー・ハン・ウォンより。

Asiaエリア統括の丸橋氏から。「次はもっと良く、もっと大きく開催します!! 第2回目も期待してください!!」