Manika Nagare “Tracing the Colors”

Pola Museum of Art

poster for Manika Nagare “Tracing the Colors”
[Image: "Skin Warmth" (2017) ©Manika Nagare, photo: Ken Kato]

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Manika Nagare’s paintings are composed of layers of vivid color. While fluidly abstract, her images are based on actual human figures and landscapes that have caught her interest. Nagare pursued a commonality with Impressionist paintings for this exhibition through her use of bright color. Her “Skin Warmth” (2017), for example, relates to Renoir’s “Young Woman Bathing” (1888), and her “Neither Rain nor Shine” (2017) is inspired by van Gogh’s “Clumps of Grass” (1889), both of which are in the Pola Museum of Art collection.
In her latest works, she incorporates her perceptions of the Japanese qualities of shadow and vagueness while reconstructing color motifs of Monet’s “Water Lily Pond” (1899), now over a century old. In her new series “Tracing the Colors” Nagare achieves depth of color through the technique of layering paint. Here the exhibition space is constructed to allow visitors a feeling of integration with the “Neither Rain nor Shine” images.

The “Hiraku Project” is conceived as a series of exhibitions introducing contemporary artworks by Pola Art Foundation Grant recipients. The exhibitions are to be held at the Atrium Gallery, recently established to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art. “Hiraku” translates as ‘open,’ in the sense of ‘responsive to new possibilities.’ “Tracing the Colors” is the third exhibition organized under this Project.

Venue: Atrium Gallery



from March 17, 2018 to May 13, 2018


Manika Nagare



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