08 Sep 2017 ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA 2017
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The 3rd edition of the first art fair in Fukuoka, ART FAIR ASIA / FUKUOKA 2017, will be held at Hotel Okura Fukuoka. Galleries from across Asia participate in this art fair, and it is expected to be one of the most interesting international art fair for the artists, museums, galleries, collectors and art professionals all over the world. Behind its background, there is a fact that it is a unique project that brings out the regional characteristics in Fukuoka with the cooperation of Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, which is the only museum in the world that collects Asian art systematically. In 2015, the year of the launch of this project, it recorded 2200 attendants with the participation of a total of 27 galleries and gained a great response. 37 galleries will participate this year.
For our second time participating in this art fair, MIZOE Art Gallery presents three artists, who are all from Kyushu.
First of all, Takahide KOMATSU, who was from Miyazaki and has been depicting butterflies and insects with the theme of the changes in ecosystem. He was well received at Art Fair Tokyo 2017, and also was elected by Lexus New Takumi Project in last year. The range of his success is increasing more and more. After the AFAF, from 16th of September, his solo exhibition will be held in MIZOE Art Gallery in Fukuoka.
Secondly, Nami SHIBATA, who had her first hometown solo exhibition in Fukuoka last year, and then she was nominated by Koji KINUTANI Prize Prize in this year. She has been pursuing and suggesting the new possibilities of painting by decomposing and recomposing the pictorial elements such as colors and lines.
Thirdly, Tomonori TOYOFUKU, he is one of the most famous sculptors in Japan, and was born in Fukuoka. There are several wood carving works exhibited in MIZOE Art Gallery as its treasure. And also in the gallery, there are some secondary good works, which are the specialty of MIZOE Art Gallery.

Invited guests and the press only.
11:00pm – 6:00pm, September 8 (Fri)

Public Opening:
11:00am – 7:00pm, September 9 (Sat) *No enter after 18:30
11:00am – 7:00pm, September 10 (Sun) *No enter after 18:30

The information of the tickets (official website)
19 Aug 2017 [Fukuoka]Shin KAMIKAWA Exhibition Saturday, August 19 – Sunday, September 3, 2017
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A variety of “shapes” with a strong presence that appear in the earthy-colored landscapes… The landscape of his hometown, where he spent his childhood and which has completely changed over time, has always been the origin of what Kamikawa paints.
Scale feeling of the coal industry boasting prosperity. Kamikawa explains that the “power of the ground” and the vitality of people there are at the core of his aesthetic sense. This is his first solo exhibition in three years in Fukuoka. Please come and experience the overwhelmingly powerful world of Kamikawa including the series THE WALL, which he created by looking at his hometown once again. We are looking forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

1958 Born in Nogata, Fukuoka, Japan.
1983 B.F.A. from Musashino Art University.
1984 Grand Prix in Young Art Award Exhibition Kyushu.
1995 Grand Prix in Tanio Museum Award Exhibition.
1996 Merit Award in Aoki Shigeru Memorial Award Exhibition.
1997 Honorable Mention in Yasui Award Exhibition.
2011 Solo exhibition at Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art.
08 Jul 2017 [Tokyo]Ryo Hirano Exhibition - the 25th Year Memorial July 8 (Sat) – July 23 (Sun), 2017
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We invite you to the upcoming exhibition we are holding in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Ryo Hirano’s death. He was a painter who lived and worked in Kokura, Kitakyushu City and had been known as the “painter of the soul,” as he had consistently painted the light and darkness within and the souls of mankind, especially the one of himself. We will exhibit around 25 works including oil paintings, drawings, and prints, on which the artist depicted the familiar landscapes and the people he met during his trip with his distinctive deep tonality and graceful brushstrokes. We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition.

Ryo HIRANO: Born in Oita, 1927. Lost both parents in his childhood. Self-taught painter. Became a member of Jiyu Bijutsu Organization, 1958. Founded Shutai Bijutsu Organization, 1964. Became independent, 1975. Began to travel the world while continuing to make and present his work in solo exhibitions. “The World of Ryo Hirano Exhibition” held at Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art/ Received Nishinippon Culture Prize, 1987. Died in 1992.

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