We are delighted to announce the launch of two new Nana Shiomi Woodcut prints at this year’s London Original Print Fair. Nana Shiomi ‘A Room of One’s Own – Still Life’ and ‘A Room of One’s Own – Seasons’
Nana Shiomi is a contemporary Japanese artist, based in London, whose work takes it’s symbolism from her rich culture, whist embracing her own thoughts on life. Two new woodcut prints ‘A Room of One’s Own – Still Life’ and “A Room of One’s Own – Seasons’ place icons on a familiar Shiomi stage of red earth and ochre, whilst symbolising universal concerns of the movement of time and fragility.
“There is a fate that ceramics might be broken one day. The picture of ‘A Room of One’s Own – Still Life’ shows that fate. On the other hand, time is running in the woodcut ‘A Room of One’s Own -Seasons‘, you see the Spring Mountains and Autumn Leaves, the seasons rotate every year. I wanted to show these two movements, one a direction and one a circle.” Nana Shiomi
In ‘A Room of One’s Own – Seasons‘, Shiomi has appropriated the form of ceramicists and painters Kenzan Ogata (1663-1743) and his brother Korin. They built and made works displaying the concept of Japanese beauty and nature. In Shiomi’s woodcut, the motif of cherry blossom on Ogata’s bowl is changed to cherry mountains. She uses their ceramics as icons of Japanese culture and also universal truth. As a running train, time passes
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1956, Shiomi studied oil painting and printmaking at the Tama Art University (BA, MA), Tokyo, before she came to London to study contemporary art and received an MA in printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 1991. She has been living and working in London since 1989. Shiomi is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Japan Artists Association Inc. Rabley Contemporary is Shiomi’s representing gallery since 2012. In 2017 Rabley Contemporary and Nana Shiomi co-published This Side and the Other Side, Nana Shiomi Woodcuts 1996 – 2016 .
Internationally, Shiomi’s work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK, United States, Italy, Japan, Iran, Finland, Slovenija, Ireland, China and Portugal. Her work is held in a number of public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Oriental Museum, Durham, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, USA, Royal College of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London, Brunel University, Middlesex, Aberystwyth University, Wales and Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan.
Filled with a desire to learn more about the world, I left my native Japan and came to live in England. But as I struggled towards my goal of becoming an international artist, I began to realize that if I were to embody internationalism in its truest sense, I must first understand my own national background. I cast aside my own point of view and re-examined myself from the perspective of ‘the other’. It was not the quickest path to take. It was only by travelling half way around the world to another country and through living in London as a foreigner that I could find the well I had to dig. Here I found my Japanese-ness!
will be at STAND 24
LOPF, Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Thursday 3 May 10am – 9pm
Friday 4 May 10am – 8pm
Saturday 5 May 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6 May 10am – 6pm
CLICK TO VIEW Rabley Gallery artists and new publications at the London Original Print Fair 3-6 May 2018
Rabley Contemporary is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA)