Asuka NAKAYAMA Solo Show

Asuka NAKAYAMA Solo Show《in the shadow2》2018 oil on canvas 100x80cm

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to announce the solo show of Asuka NAKAYAMA. Nakayama is a promising artist whose work is going to be exhibited in the 26th VOCA exhibition (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), an art exhibition known as a gateway for young artists. The coming show for the third time at our gallery exhibits her latest works. After the last show, she has experienced a big change in her personal life: the second childbirth and the nursing of two children. This change, in which she must play the role not only of a woman but as a “mother,” is strongly indicated in her latest works.


Nakayama has drawn the scenery in which the natural and the artificial are jumbled such as uncanny plants growing thick among neatly arranged furniture and foods. Such strange landscapes are attributed to her instinctive feeling of “uncomfortableness” and “contradiction” she felt in living two lifestyles alternately: urban life and country life in her hometown. In addition, further “contradictions” influence her a lot, such as busy life vs. feeling of entrapment, hope vs. anxiety, all of which she newly encounters during pregnancy and parenting.

In an attempt to capture such significant events objectively, she has started to draw her children as plants, according to the artist. She often draws the straw in recent years as a symbol of protection, and as a motif that has the role as a warmer or an insect repellent. This well shows her wish to protect her children. In Rapunzel, among the latest works, one can see the straw covering the root of plant, and the long hair of Rapunzel hiding the whole plant, while the leaves coming out of it. That seems to express the future of her children who will leave the nest someday. This painting portrays two contradictory desires, to protect children in a safe environment and to let them be independent, more objectively than before with her sophisticated humor.


We hope it will be a great opportunity to see her works which have acquired universality while looking like her autobiographical picture books.

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2019'Solo Show,' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2017'Solo Show,' ELSA ART GALLERY, Taipei
2017'Solo Show,' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2017'Solo Show,' Gallery 16, Kyoto
2016'Solo Show,' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2015‘Asuka NAKAYAMA –Niwasaki Kaiga 360°’, Okanoyama Museum of Art Nishiwaki, Hyogo
2011empirical garden, INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
‘-florid table-‘, Gallery 16, Kyoto

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2019’Flower and Art’, Okanoyama Museum of Art Nishiwaki, Hyogo
2019’VOCA exhibition 2019 The Vision Contemporary Art’, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2019'Taipei Dangdai Art &Ideas', Gallery Yamaki Fine Art booth, Taiwan
2018‘Tamba Sasayama Machinami Art Festival 2018’, Kawaramnachi, Tsumairi Shoukagun, Hyogo
2017Elsa Art Gallery booth, 2017 Young Art Taipei, Taipei
Art Fair Tokyo 2017 Gallery Yamaki Fine Art booth
‘Renewal Open Exhibition’, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art Oji Branch Haradanomori Gallery, Hyogo
2016Elsa Art Gallery booth, Art Taipei 2016, Taipei
2016‘Tamba Sasayama Machinami Art Festival 2016’, Kawaramnachi, Tsumairi Shoukagun, Hyogo
2011‘2010 Mitsubishi Shoji Art Gate Program Scholarship Exhibition, Omote-sando GYRE, Tokyo
2010‘Kyoto City University of Arts Exhibition’, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
‘Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2010’, Gyoko Chika Gallery, Tokyo
2009‘Art1Camp 2009’, Gallery Yamaguchi Kunstbau, Osaka
2008‘Three persons exhibition’, Gallery Scarborough, Kyoto
‘via art OSAKA 2008’, Breeze Tower 7F, Osaka

2010Kyoto City University of Arts Exhibition: Kyoto Mayor's prize
2008via art OSAKA 2008: Digmeout prize
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Mar 16, 2019 - Wed. Apr 17, 2019 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)