We exhibited and sold Hiroko Koshino’s colorful paintings and exclusive Giclee woodblock prints of fashion design sketches, as well as the new painted plates produced in cooperation with Nikko Company, at the Art Gallery on the 5th floor of Isetan Shinjuku Store Main Building.
During the period of exhibition, Hiroko Koshino gave a gallery talk on her paintings and fashion in a relaxed atmosphere. She also spoke of her motivation to continue painting with a “pure” heart.
Monday, July 3 – Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery closed on the Sundays of July 9, 16, 23 and August 6.
Gallery closed for summer holiday from Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 20.
《WORK #1646》oil on canvas 2016
《WORK #1541》oil on canvas 2016
Hiroko Koshino held a personal exhibition of her 22 recent artworks from the past at the Art Gallery on the 12th floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store North Building. During the period of exhibition, the Daimaru 300th Anniversary-Paintings, Woodblock Prints and Crafts Charity Bazaar-Big Sales Event was held, and Hiroko Koshino’s small artwork that used Japanese ink was sold at the auction.
“NIKKO × Hiroko Koshino Sumi no Toki -The Hospitality of Hiroko Koshino-” will be hosted at KH Gallery Ginza. NIKKO COMPANY, a manufacturer of Western-style dinnerware, and Koshino first met 30 years ago. Since then, these two have worked together to bring modern dinnerware to the world. The “Sumi no Toki” series that is being presented here is designed based on the various expressions of ink paintings done by Koshino. For Koshino, the sensibility of ink is a crystallization of the beauty of Japan. With the meeting of Western-style dinnerware and pure white fine bone china that NIKKO proudly makes in Japan, the beauty of the West and of Japan were brilliantly fused together. A profound world of black and white is expressed within the blank spaces of this dinnerware. At this exhibit, this series which has received high acclaim at exhibitions held outside of Japan will be shown alongside table settings for the first time in Japan at the KH Gallery. At the same time, the original works and a new series of ink paintings done by Koshino will be exhibited. The existence of art in everyday life is what Koshino considers to be the highest quality of hospitality.
Also, looking back at the history of the close friendship between these two, a memorial exhibit of “Ai Gasane”, Koshino-designed dinnerware welcoming the 30-year anniversary since it was first released for sale will be displayed. In a display full of a sense of playfulness, you can see best-selling Japanese-style and Western-style dinnerware that has a flowery motif.
These fine works of art that are close to our lives and that can be cherished for a long time are born from the sincerity of NIKKO and Koshino and from their long relationship. Please enjoy the aesthetics of sophisticated furnishings and hospitality.
HIROKO KOSHINO《WORK #1034》ink, silver leaf / Japanease paper on boad
NIKKO Fine Bone China
KH Gallery Ginza will be hosting “Kuniyoshi Kaneko X Hiroko Koshino EROS 2017.” One year after the Kuniyoshi Kaneko Retrospective Exhibition, the two artists join hands once again to bring you a dense world or paintings created under the theme of EROS. Kuniyoshi Kaneko pursued refined eroticism through his unique portrait paintings. Men and women who appear on Kaneko’s paintings create an unapproachable Sacred World while also showing unbridled lust. The contrast draws out the nobleness and powerful force of life of a human being who waver between two extremes. Hiroko Koshino, on the other hand, produced oil paintings themed under the relationship of men and women. Her encounter with Shunga, or Japanese erotic art from the Edo era had left her with a powerful impression. This time, she focuses on the beautiful bodily shapes of people engaging in the act of love that is vividly drawn out in Shunga artworks, and transforms them into stylish EROS. It almost seems as though joy and desire seep out from the expressions of human figures drawn with oil bars. The oil paintings inspired from Shunga are also in line with Koshino’s all-time theme, the fusion of Japanese and Western beauty.
In this exhibition, stately oil portraits and drawings which are the essence of Kaneko’s EROS will line the walls, while personal items will be displayed to reproduce the artist’s room to give visitors a sense of secret happiness as if one is peeking inside someone’s private room. Koshino will unveil the latest results of her exploration, which consist of oil portraits depicting Shunga motif paintings drawn in a light touch, thickly textured powerful portraits, and other works depicting various men and women. Take this chance to be witness to the fusion of the EROS, the most luscious and most noble drama orchestrated by the two artists who cherish the natural instincts of life.
Kuniyoshi Kaneko 《voici l'aube. Le chant des coqs retentit》oil on canvas 1997
Hiroko Koshino 《WORK#1623》oil on canvas 2016
The KH Galleries will hold the exhibition, “Kimono: the Beginning of New Year -Koshino Hiroko Kimono Exhibition-” at the two venues of Ginza and Ashiya. With her grandfather running a kimono fabric store, Koshino had been exposed to kimono and traditional performing arts since childhood. Through this deep connection, Koshino has occasionally drawn on such elements as sources of inspiration. From time to time, Koshino would pick up a brush and produce a kimono adorning her own drawing. This practice of wearing one’s own drawing, which she has continued for more than 10 years, symbolizes the ultimate fusion of art and fashion. The pines, bamboos, cherry blossoms, and other traditional motifs depicted in light brush strokes give the kimonos significance as not only attires, but also powerful pieces of drawings. This exhibition will be presented in a creative, stylish space where such treasured kimonos are showcased with calligraphy works and drawings.
At the Ginza gallery, enchanting kimonos will be displayed with the key feature consisting of a gorgeous, three-layer formal Uchikake kimono flowing dynamically in the air. In contrast, drawings and calligraphy works created at various periods of time will line the gallery walls, inviting the audience to a brilliant world where fascinating colors overlap with vibrant words and shapes.
As we move ahead into the new era, Koshino uses kimono as a medium that transcends time to present her vision of Japanese culture and lifestyle. The KH Galleries invite you to immerse yourself in a setting capturing the Beauty of Japan to start off the New Year, where a rise in the momentum to redefine and present “Japan” to the world will be seen.
HIROKO KOSHINO《WORK #400》ink / Japanease paper on boad
This year Hiroko Koshino, Under the auspices of the DAS (Designers Association for Designers Authorities sponsors) and JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designers Association), again Joined by the Beaujolais 2016 Label Design Exhibition held at “a&w” Wine Bar in Osaka, which held a party on releases day.
At Biwako Biennale, Koshino’s installation under a theme of “White World” along with some of the artist’s paintings were put on exhibition.
KH Gallery Ginza will hold the exhibition, “Kazi Ghiyasuddin × Hiroko Koshino, TIME AND SPACE - The Density of Time -.” In pursuing abstract works that evokes the landscapes of Japan which are not mere imitations of western oil paintings, Koshino, who has hitherto produced myriads of artworks with her unique sensitivity, chanced upon Kazi’s drawings. Kazi is an energetic Bangladeshi artist who continues to produce drawings while travelling between his home country and Japan, where he has lived for some 40 years. Intellectual and abstract, Kazi’s drawings remind their audience of the landscapes and culture of Bangladesh, emanating a taste which almost resembles faith. Koshino found herself deeply relating to the spirituality of the artist devoted in drawing the things that he believes in. Likewise, Kazi had also been struck by the passion for drawing that he felt from Koshino’s masterpieces and had therefore been longing to work on a collaboration.
This exhibition will finally bring the two, distinctly independent but resonating worlds together. Kazi will showcase abstract paintings including his latest oil-painted masterpiece as well as watercolor paintings, while Koshino will present works that she had never showcased in Ginza, where her unique method of allowing non-calculated outcomes to come in to play. Beauty, according to Koshino, “transcends time and space.” Those words reflect the artist’s determination to pursue beauty that takes root in the native landscapes that she experienced herself, despite the backdrop of the chaotic confusion brought about by today’s modern society. KH Gallery Ginza invites you to come enjoy the intense artistic experience that is built upon the bond and trust which the two artists have nurtured over time.
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