Aya Takano and Mari Minato, Contemporary Japanese artists to see this Weekend at Paris.

Photo Claire Dorn. ©2015-2017 Aya Takano Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Photo Claire Dorn. ©2015-2017 Aya Takano - Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. 

Two exhibitions of contemporary Japanese painters in Paris that introduce you into the vibrant chronic of a decadent world of Aya Takano and the inner contemplation of Mari Minato paintings.

These artists are good examples of the two main poles of creativity that are the base for contemporary creation in Japan: the artwork developed from traditional techniques, concepts and pursuits; and the artwork evolving from pop culture imaginary, as manga aesthetics and its visual narrative. In these terms, it is a great opportunity for Parisians to expand horizons and go further of usual exhibitions that commonly present the well appreciated prints on wood and ceramics from Japan creators.

Aya Takano, “The Jelly Civilization Chronicle”.

Galerie Perrotin, Paris.

16 March - 13 May 2017

With 26 paintings on exposition and many other drawings the images of big –eyed characters and black vision govern the dreamy jelly present in her stories, the artwork respond to the preparation of a manga story of the same named. In her artwork the composition constructed is equilibrated with a tender colour palette, the clean summer skies are also included as an opposite equilibrium to the populated character canvas. There is a centralize composition that plays with the always vigilant movement from the city, people or context.

Aya Takano is part of the KaiKai Kiki Gallery, which belongs to the renowned contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Exhibition view  Mari Minato, 2017, Galerie Eric Dupont. Photographer  Jean-François Rogeboz, © galerie Eric Dupont, Paris.
Exhibition view  Mari Minato, 2017, Galerie Eric Dupont. Photographer  Jean-François Rogeboz. 

Mari Minato, “Notes, Entre Deux Fleuves”

Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris.

27 April – 22 May 2017.

Her artwork is a trip by the pleasant roads of simplicity. Working with big brushes she creates a sort of abstract calligraphy on canvas and walls. Having studied Japanese traditional painting  at Kyoto University of Fine Arts to later getting a diploma from the Paris school of Fine Arts, her style comes fresh and inspiring, is almost a perfect combination of meditative beauty rising from tradition and elegant mineral minimalism. The inclusion of aluminum colors on white backgrounds build almost invisible shadows of bright movement.

Mari Minato likes to work in multi canvases which are connected by the bold lines of color she draws; there are not details, only her simple traces that function well enough to captivate the eye of the spectators.

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