Artists

出品作家

大竹寛子

Hiroko Otake

Born in Gifu Prefecture. Otake graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts studying traditional Japanese painting (B.F.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.). Based on the traditional Japanese painting technique, an artistry that has been refined over decades, she further develops a new expressive style using gold and silver leaf and natural rock pigments. Her works have been shown in numerous solo/group shows in contemporary art galleries and art fairs in Japan and abroad. Selected awards and scholarships include the Agency for Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists and Sato International Cultural Scholarship.

Statement
The main motifs in my paintings, butterflies and flowers, live in the constantly fluctuating moment.
I believe what takes place in front of our eyes is only a constructed image projected in our brain, an afterimage that is already gone. I create my work believing that it is in such an ephemeral moment that the eternal ethos is found.
As a contemporary artist, I would like to challenge myself by branching into various expression style using traditional Japanese painting materials.

Official site

Works

Hiroko Otake works

Mirror -butterflies- vol.7

Mirror -butterflies- vol.7

Sulfur, Mirror

727×606mm

2017

900,000 JPY (w/o tax)

The audience will see themselves as a participant as they look into the mirror.
The work gets completed only when their images are reflected upon the mirror.
Fluctuating moments have become the theme for my work since I believe that all truth lies in transience. In this work, Mirror-butterflies -vol.7, I question the meaning of eternity by sulfurizing silver and copper, components of the mirror, from the back, which results in gradual discoloration of the minerals into brown, the color similar to dark chocolate and cacao powder, over time. Just how a melting chocolate slowly oozes out its sweetness, every moment reflected on the mirror will continuously change and the altered components on the mirror, too, will gradually transform with time.

As the audience look into the mirror, I hope they appreciate the changes in themselves, in the reflected background, and in the work itself.

Locale: 2nd Floor ②

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.1

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.1

Japanese paper (Washington paper), Gold leaf, Black leaf, Acrylic

227×158mm

2019

150,000 JPY (w/o tax)

In this series called `Chocolate -sweet temptation-` which is themed around people`s sweet infatuation with chocolate, its ever enticing myth and almost addictive smell of luscious cacao, I depicted chocolate in an abstract manner using traditional Japanese painting materials such as gold leaf, silver leaf and natural rock pigments.

Locale: 3rd Floor ⑮

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.2 Chocolate cake

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.2 Chocolate cake

Japanese paper (Washington paper), Gold leaf, Black leaf, Acrylic

227×158mm

2019

150,000 JPY (w/o tax)

In this series called `Chocolate -sweet temptation-` which is themed around people`s sweet infatuation with chocolate, its ever enticing myth and almost addictive smell of luscious cacao, I depicted chocolate in an abstract manner using traditional Japanese painting materials such as gold leaf, silver leaf and natural rock pigments.

Locale: 3rd Floor ⑮

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.3 Rose

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.3 Rose

Japanese paper (Washington paper), Gold leaf, Black leaf, Acrylic

227×158mm

2019

(日本語) sold

In this series called `Chocolate -sweet temptation-` which is themed around people`s sweet infatuation with chocolate, its ever enticing myth and almost addictive smell of luscious cacao, I depicted chocolate in an abstract manner using traditional Japanese painting materials such as gold leaf, silver leaf and natural rock pigments.

Locale: 3rd Floor ⑮

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.4 Butterfly

Chocolate -sweet temptation- vol.4 Butterfly

Japanese paper (Washington paper), Silver leaf, Acrylic

227×158mm

2019

(日本語) sold

In this series called `Chocolate -sweet temptation-` which is themed around people`s sweet infatuation with chocolate, its ever enticing myth and almost addictive smell of luscious cacao, I depicted chocolate in an abstract manner using traditional Japanese painting materials such as gold leaf, silver leaf and natural rock pigments.

Locale: 3rd Floor ⑮

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