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Tomoko Kashiki

I get inspiration from various resources, such as ordinary happenings, scenes in everyday life, music, videos, etc.. They don't become artworks immediately, instead, the elements that I distilled from them gradually accumulate and set inside me and eventually become the trigger of my creation in forms of images or words (titles) or sometime both. In the case of Child of Unconsciousness, the image and the title had simultaneously triggered the artistic creation. When I refered to my earlier notes of this painting, I saw that the title “Child of Unconsciousness” has already been noted under the rough drawing of a figure hanging upside down. (While usually at the stage of making idea notes, there are either only images or only words.)

“At the moment, most of my works are two-dimensional. As mentioned, usually I start with rough drawings and then move on to panel paintings. I use acrylic, pastel, charcoal and Chinese ink to paint onto a linen cloth mounted on large chamfered wooden boards. I scrape the foundations and the paints and create layers of smooth colour planes. I consider this process as an important feature of my practices .

Child of Unconsciousness,2013,130 x 90 cm,Child of Unconsciousness,

Tomoko Kashiki

Born in 1982, Kyoto, Japan

Tomoko Kashiki works out of her studio in her native Kyoto. Graduating from the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School with an MFA and a PhD in painting she has been awarded with the "Takeshi Umehara Prize" upon her graduation in 2011.

Solo exhibitions and group shows internationally to date; Japan, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Moscow. An established artist with works held by numerous prestigious public and private collections, including the Sigg Collection andBenjamin Sigg Collection. One of Japan’s leading contemporary artists’ who is recognized for her skillfully crafted paintings. Her works are said to be reminiscent of traditional Japanese Heian Buddhist and “Bijinga” artworks, which are named after the city Kyoto. The artist repeats a painting and sanding process, layering acrylic paintwork to create mystical settings which depict her philosophies of inner beauty. Her works often feature portraits of beautiful young Asian female subjects in pinewood gardens, shyly hiding a gaze and drifting in the atmosphere or postured in an acceptable, provocative fashion amongst the backdrop of a Japanese dream garden. With calm movements, a sensitive and careful brush stroke, layers overlap to form a misty and imaginary world, beautiful lines and flows form, transpiring her dreams of beauty onto the canvas.

Collector & Artists