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Imura art gallery, kyoto proudly announces the launch of solo exhibition of Kaori WATANABEGood News of the Morning on the 10th of December 2011.

Kaori Watanabe (Born in Shizuoka prefecture, 1984) completed her masters degree at Kyoto Saga University of Arts. As apparent from her activities such as showing her works at the exhibition ZIPANGU - 31 spirited artists cutting through new territories of Japanese contemporary art- which toured 3 venues of Takashimaya, or featuring her works in a movie, her creativity crosses the boundary of Japanese painting. She is certainly one of the most spotlighted young artists of Japanese painting collecting attention in a wide range of areas.

Watanabe concentrates to make works that creates a kind of tension you can feel in ritualsusing motifs of children. Utilizing her solid techniques established through practice of copying at university, she depicts beauty of childrens clear skin, and their exquisite expression in that infantility and matureness coexist, and thus the sanctity of children.

She pictures the journey of children throughout the works at this exhibition with Kikikirinas its midpoint which was also shown at ZIPANGU. The children, about to start toward the world where things are hardly easy or bright, are giving somehow anxious impression.

At the first solo exhibition in 3 years, we are going to unveil Watanabes paintings from the past to the latest. The exhibition is titled Good News of the Morning bringing an image of anxiety, and fresh start and hope at the same time.

As I have been painting figures of children, I deliberately intertwine a slight shadowy part as much as brightness into the works. This is because the world children belong to is by no means innocent, and they intuit what lies ahead them is not just full of hopes. Even though they are still tasked to grow up, end their childhood and become adults. I just earnestly hope they stand strongly with their own feet no matter how the world is harsh on them.

-Kaori Watanabe




今回の個展では、ZIPANGU展にも出展した作品「輝々麒麟」を中心に展覧会全体を通じて「子供の旅」を描きます。決して明るいとは言い難い世界へ子供達がこれから旅を始めようとする様子は、どこか "不安感" を与えます。

3年振りの個展となる本展では、過去作から最新作品までを展覧いたします。展覧会タイトルは「朝のグッドニュース」。「good news」は「福音」という意味も含み、不安とともにはじまりや希望も感じさせる展覧会名となりました。ぜひご来廊、ご高覧賜りたくご案内申し上げます。


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Kaori WATANABE solo exhibition “Good News of the Morning”

2011年12月10日(土)〜2012年1月21日(土) ※冬期休廊:2011年12月29日(木)〜2012年1月4日(水)

渡邊佳織 個展 「朝のグッドニュース」

2011年12月10日(土)〜2012年1月21日(土) ※冬期休廊:2011年12月29日(木)〜2012年1月4日(水)

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