Eri MORIMOTO ”contour map# -from the beginning-“

Eri MORIMOTO ”contour map# -from the beginning-“


Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to present “contour map#”, a solo exhibition by Eri Morimoto. Eri Morimoto was born in 1978 in Osaka and still works in the same prefecture.

She graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Faculty of Arts, Department of Oil Painting in 2001, and received the Mayor’s Prize at Kyo-ten (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) in the same year. In 2003, Morimoto completed the graduate program of Kyoto City University of Arts with a major in oil painting and was selected for the “VOCA 2008” competition, a stepping stone to success for young artists. She has attracted attention from her early career and has been highly acclaimed by collectors in Japan and abroad in recent years.


This exhibition features Morimoto’s representative works, the contour map series, from her early paintings to her latest creations. “Contour map” means a line connecting points at the same elevation on a map, and broadly speaking, it is also a contour line.

Morimoto classifies the boundaries in physical, emotional, and everyday things with the view of a “Contour map,” and draws her own maps by looking into the world from the process of her artmaking.

One of Morimoto’s early representative works is the “percolation” series, in which a single flat sheet of paper is cut at a fixed spacing into minute granular pieces with a strictly defined number of cuts by scissors. It is not a random process, but a sophisticated technique carefully calculated and executed. Rather than representing “something,” these works are created from the pursuit of the ultimate in personal comfort, which is then released into the outside world. In recent years, Morimoto has sharpened her five senses and concentrated on her own perceptions, producing works based on certain rules found in this process.


Morimoto follows her own rules to subdivide the sensations of humidity, the smell of a place, or the pleasure of the eye from sight when confronted with beautiful plants or landscapes. After that, Morimoto just works mindlessly: this is what she calls “labor.” In this age when we tend to lose sight of our richness in sensory functions because of technological development, Morimoto’s artworks will bring awareness to our inherent human senses, such as smell and touch.

We hope you will visit and enjoy her work.

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2024contour map♯ -from the beginning-
2022SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2020SAI Gallery,Osaka,Japan
2013ART OSAKA, SAI Gallery Booth, Osaka, Japan
2010SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2007SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2005Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2004CRIOTERIOM 58, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2002CRIOTERIOM 58, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2023ABSTRACTION -The Possibilities of Painting-, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo, Japan
2023"CADAN x ISETAN Recent discovery" Isetan Shinjuku,Tokyo,Japan
2023"Taipei Dangdai 2023: Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Booth, Taipei, Taiwan
2023"favorite", SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2022“ACK(Art Collaboration Kyoto):Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Booth” Kyoto International Conference Center Event Hall, Kyoto, Japan
2022“Mori no Iro” Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
2022“Mori no Iro” Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
2021“Deviating forms”, SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2015"HEIMEN”, SAI Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2012"Art picnic vol.2 breathing art" Ashiya City Museum of Art and History,Hyogo,Japan
2011"Fukuyama Art Walk", Fukuyama, Hiroshima
2011“Art Court Frontier 2011”, ART COAT Gallery,Osaka , Japan.
2009“Art initiative Project Exhibition as media drowning room”, Kobe Art Village Centre, Hyogo, Japan
2008"OTOHAKO Exhibition "Kobe Art Village Center,Hyogo,Japan
2008“VOCA2008”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
2007“UCHINARU-OTO - Formation from Body Sounds”, Borderless Art Gallery NO-MA, Shiga, Japan
2005"Drawing and..", SAI Gallery,Osaka,Japan
2003"Selected Artists in Kyoto -2003 New Wave-". The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan. Kobe Art Annual 2003, Kobe Art Village Centre, Hyogo, Japan
2005"Selected Artists in Kyoto -2005 New Wave-". The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan. Kobe Art Annual 2003, Kobe Art Village Centre, Hyogo, Japan
2004"TAMA VIVANT 2004", Minatomirai Station,Kanagawa,Japan
2003"KOBE ART ANNUAL2003-Grip the Gap-"Kobe Art Village Center,Hyogo,Japan
2002"Tenryu-river Painting Prize Contest Exhibition", Akino Fuku Museum,Shizuoka, Japan
2002"Vector 12", Contemporary Art Space Osaka(CASO), Osaka, Japan
2001"Kyoten", Kyoto Municipal Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto (Mayer prize), Japan
2001"Ashiya City Exhibition "Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo,Japan
【Artist Information】

SessionFri. May 3, 2024 - Sat. Jun 1, 2024 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
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AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)