染谷 香理
Kaori SOMEYA


Kaori Someya was born in 1977 in Shimane Prefecture. After both graduating from the Department of Painting (Japanese Painting Course) at the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1999 and completing her Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties (Japanese Painting Conservation) at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2002, she went on to work at the university as an Adjunct Instructor, Research Assistant and Assistant Professor. While attending graduate school, her work was selected for the In-ten Exhibition for the first time, a group exhibition featuring works of Japanese art by the general public that pursue tradition and innovation. After receiving the Incentive Award 7 times at subsequent  In-ten Exhibitions and 5 times at the Spring In-ten Exhibition, in addition to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Award at the Spring In-ten in 2013 and the Adachi Museum of Art Award at the In-ten  Exhibition in 2018, she became a Tokutai member of the Japan Art Institute. Known for her extensive research into Nihonga (Japanese painting) techniques and materials of the Edo Period, Someya creates her works based on themes such as people, flowers and birds, exploring traditional Japanese aesthetics of Hare (special days) and Ke (ordinary days), and has presented her works at numerous solo and group exhibitions to date.




Statement

I have studied and researched painting materials of the East, particularly those of Japan during the Edo Period.

Oriental painting materials are made from a wide variety of materials, such as gunjo (azurite) and rokusho (malachite) from rocks, odo (ochre) and hakudo (kaolin) from soil, gofun from weathered shellfish, red lead and vermillion by processing metal, indigo and enji extracted from plants and insects, and metals such as gold and silver.

Despite being completely different substances, these materials never mix in a single painting, but instead respect each other and give off a harmonious presence, particularly in Nihonga (literally meaning Japanese painting). The act of incorporating such complex elements into a single painting extends not only to the materials themselves, but also the methods of expression such as depiction and embellishment. I use these materials to hold the traditional Japanese aesthetics of Hare (special days) and Ke (ordinary days) in my works. The bright stage that is Hare (special days) is replaced by beautiful two-dimensional patterns, and the Ke (ordinary days) is expressed by three-dimensional motifs that exist in real life, while the main character in the painting wanders back and forth between the two. This is akin to us being forced to make daily choices not only between the special and the ordinary, but also between thigs that are always polar opposites such as truths and lies, honne (true feelings) and tatemae (public stance), and inevitability and coincidences. And there are no definite answers there. I am pursuing the answers to how these things can maintain their balance, respect each other and work in harmony, just like how the Nihonga materials do.


Biography


Career1977Born in Shimane
1999Graduated from the Japanese Painting Course at the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2002Completed the Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2004Research Assistant at the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (until 2006)
2008Adjunct Instructor at Keio University (until 2013)
2009Adjunct Instructor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (until 2014)
2014Research Assistant at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (until 2017)
2017Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (until 2020)
PresentTokutai Member of the Japan Art Institute

Public Collection


Permanent collections
Adachi Museum of Art / Sato Sakura museum / Niimi Museum of Art / Imai Art Museum

Solo Exhibition


Solo exhibitions2005Kaori Someya Solo Exhibition, Gallery Tomo (Ginza)
2008The Shape of Life, Gallery Goto (Ginza)
2010Various Shapes, Tobu Ikebukuro
2012A Woman’s Heart Changes Like the Weather, Tobu Ikebukuro
2013The Colour of Flowers, Sogo Hiroshima
2014Hanamamire (Covered in Flowers), Tobu Ikebukuro
The Colour of Flowers, Seibu Otsu and Sogo Kobe
2015Synchronicity – A Meaningful Coincidence, Tobu Ikebukuro
2016Exhibition of Kaori Someya’s Works Featured on the Cover of “Rehabilitation Aid”, Nakajima art (Ginza)
2017Kaori Someya Solo Exhibition, Daimaru Fukuoka
Changes of Time, Ichibata Matsue
Hare and Ke – Kaori Someya Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi
2018Difference, Tobu Ikebukuro and Tobu Funabashi/td>
2020Mixed, Mitsukoshi Sendai and The Obsession Gallery (Daikanyama) 

Group Exhibition


Group Exhibitions1998Shundo-ten Exhibition (until 2001)
2003Yuuga no Kai Exhibition, Seibu (until 2007)
2004Shinjukai Exhibition, Mitsukoshi (until 2012)
2005Ichi no Kai Exhibition, Matsuzakaya (until 2009)
Petit Tableaux Exhibition, Onward Gallery
2009Brightness Exhibition, Art Fair Tokyo (until 2010)
Stave Poem Exhibition, Sogo & Seibu (every year since)
2010Soaring in the 21st Century – Nihonga of Tomorrow Exhibition, Matsuzakaya
2011Summer Arts Festival – Exhibition of Works by the Next Generation of Young Artists, Mitsukoshi (2012, 2014)
Kokikai Exhibition, Takashimaya (2012)
Art of Our Time – Charity Auction to Benefit the Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tokyo Art Club
2012In-ten Artists Living in Saitama Exhibition, Yagihashi Department Store
Hatsunekai Exhibition, Matsuzakaya (until 2004)
2013TRENTENNE Exhibition, Onward Gallery
2014Sai no Kai Exhibition, Ueno Matsuzakaya and Nagoya Matsuzakaya
Exhibition of Young Artists from Tokyo University of the Arts – Selected by MITSUKOSHI, Art Fair Tokyo
2015Best Selection Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Mukyu no Kai Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi (until 2017)
2016Sakura, Sakura, Sakura Exhibition – A Competition of Modern and Contemporary Masters, Isetan Niigata Art Hall (7F)
Seiseikai Exhibition, Takashimaya Yokohama, Takashimaya Osaka and Takashimaya Kyoto (until 2020)
Ballet Dancers Drawn by Young Talents Exhibition, Seibu Ikebukuro (also in 2018)
9th Suga Tatehiko Awards Exhibition, The Museum of Kyoto and Kurayoshi Museum
20175th Sato Sakura Museum of Art Oka Sho Award Exhibition, Sato Sakura Museum (Tokyo)
110th Anniversary of Mitsukoshi Art: Hopes – 100 Artists of the Next Generation Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store
My Cats Exhibition – Drawn and Made by 70 Contemporary Artists, The Sato Museum of Art
Tokyo University of the Arts 130th Anniversary Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi
2018Exhibition of Artists Featured on the Cover of “Rehabilitation Aid”, Mitsukoshi Main Store, Mitsukoshi Matsuyama and Mitsukoshi Hiroshima
Mizunashikai Exhibition of Small Works from the Spring In-ten Exhibitionm Hankyu Umeda Main Store (until 2019)
La Nouvelle Vague de Peinture Japonaise Exhibition, Bunkamura Gallery
2019Kegon no Kai Exhibition, Sogo Chiba, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Nagoya and Sogo Omiya (until 2020)
Conservation and Restoration of Nihonga Cultural Properties Exhibition (Bunponichi-ten), Tokyo University of the Arts Chinretsukan Gallery
Kobo no Kai Exhibition, Iwakatsu Gallery
Kaori Someya and Takashi Yamaguchi Exhibition, Tokyu Department Store Shibuya Main Store
2020Gen no Kai – New Nihonga Exhibition, Iwakatsu Gallery

Award / Others


Awards1999Received Honourable Mention at the Aogaki 2001 Japanese Painting Exhibition
2007Received the Minister of Justice Award at the Yuuga no Kai Exhibition
2011Received the Incentive Award at the 96th In-ten Exhibition
2013Received the Minister for Foreign Affairs Award and Incentive Award at the 68th Spring In-ten Exhibition
Received the Incentive Award at the 98th In-ten Exhibition
2014Received the Incentive Award at the 2nd Sato Sakura Museum of Art Oka Sho Award Exhibition
Received the Incentive Award at the 69th Spring In-ten Exhibition
Received the Incentive Award at the 99th In-ten Exhibition
2015Received the Incentive Award at the 70th Spring In-ten Exhibition
Received the Nakamura Award at the 4th Maeda Seison Memorial and Nakamura Scholarship Foundation Awards
Received the Incentive Award at the 100th In-ten Exhibition
2016Received the Incentive Award at the 71st Spring In-ten Exhibition
Received the Incentive Award at the 101st In-ten Exhibition
2017Received the Incentive Award at the 102nd In-ten Exhibition
2018Received the Incentive Award at the 72nd Spring In-ten Exhibition
Received the In-ten Scholarship Foundation Awords
Received the Incentive Award and the Adachi Museum of Art Award at the 103rd In-ten Exhibition
2020Received the Incentive Award at the 75th Spring In-ten Exhibition
Others
May 2014 Issue to presentIn charge of drawing the cover picture of Monthly Report of National Personnel Authority
August 2015 Issue to July 2016 IssueIn charge of drawing the cover picture of Rehabilitation Aid

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