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Janet Koplos

(b Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, Jan 2, 1969).

Japanese sculptor and installation artist. A Tokyo-based graphic-design graduate of Tama Art University, Tokyo (1992), Suda briefly worked in the design field. Exposed to wood-carving in art school, he began to use both traditional Japanese techniques and those of his own devising and to present his work in unconventional installations.

Suda replicated and interpreted flowers and other plants in fine-grained magnolia wood through realistic, life-size carving and painting. The artist, raised in the countryside, came to this subject after moving to the mega-metropolis of Tokyo. He favoured familiar plants and also selected motifs according to the flora around museum venues. The magnolia – in the form of a blossom, bud, seed pod, twig, or leaf – was a frequent motif and was featured in exhibitions at D’Amelio Terras Gallery (2000) and the Asia Society (2010) in New York City and at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (...

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Reiko Tomii

[ Tenmyōya ]

(b Musashino, Feb 10, 1966).

Japanese painter and graphic artist . Mostly self-taught, from childhood he loved to draw and he joined a high-school painting club. In 1983 the American film Wild Style (1982) inspired him to study hip-hop culture and become a graffiti artist. While working as a graphic designer of CD jackets at a record company, Tenmyouya submitted his art works to major competitive exhibitions for graphic artists such as Urbanart and JACA (Japan Association of Art and Culture’s visual art competition) and was often successful. His trapezoidal Manga Ukiyo-e series received a special award in JACA ’97 by reinterpreting the popular media of manga and ukiyo-e, as well as the life of modern yakuza outlaws, a popular TV and film subject. In 2000 Tenmyouya left his design job and had his first solo exhibition at a rental gallery, Harajuku, in Tokyo. He also found an outlet for his graphically oriented works in the print media, starting his monthly contribution of the ...