Mana Konishi "Alex"


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Mana Konishi’s landscapes and portraits are painted with graciously unconstrained and sensual brushstrokes, as well as a unique sense of color. Her painting distances itself from viewers with its creation of a serene and unreal world of uncertainty.

In creating her works, Konishi first selects photographs from numerous snapshots for motifs and layouts. These photographs serve to give a general sense of what to draw, and are merely a starting point for her creative expression. Her interest is not to paint these scenes and figures realistically, but rather to fill them with unique stories, creating a seemingly illusory world for her paintings.

Rather than images that would give a clear view of the finished painting, selected photographs are nondescript. Konishi chooses photographs that feel oddly incomplete, and imagines new stories for them. Moving her brush stimulates more thoroughly the artist’s subconscious world of imagery, and paintings become visualized through this process.

In this exhibition, Konishi presents portraits featuring her son, Alex. She has been working with portraits in recent years, and it has been three years since "Portraits", herlast solo show in 2009.

[Image: Mana Konishi "Alex Sleeping (August, 2011)" (2011) Oil on canvas, h.41 × w.32 cm. Photo: Ikuhiro Watanabe]



From 2012-01-14 To 2012-02-26

Opening Reception on 2012-01-14 from 18:00 to 20:00


Mana Konishi



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