ARTISTS

Manika Nagare

Known as an artist of colors, Manika Nagare’s prismatic paintings present brilliant yet subtle colors that induce unique textures where translucency and shading lay over one another. Her earlier works employed expanding mediums such as knitted fabrics and clothes as well as painterly expression to find inspiration in the people and landscapes she came across in her daily life. Recently, as her interests shifted to the light and vital energy inherent in nature and landscapes, her works have developed into more abstract expressions of color. Her recent series Traces of Colors relives the colors in painting from past eras, while adding new interpretations to recompose colors as numerous layers that create depth.

Born in 1975. Nagare graduated from the department of painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design. She was an overseas artist-in-residence in the US sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (2002) and a recipient of the Pola Art Foundation Grant staying in the US and Turkey (2004). Her recent exhibitions include VOCA (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2000, 2006), Embracing for Painting (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2015), Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol.05 – Visible Scenery, Invisible Scenery – (Takamatsu Art Museum, Takamatsu, 2016), Wraparound (MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York, 2016), Tracing the Colors (POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, 2018). She also engages in public art, collaborations with fashion brands, artistic supervision of dance performances and architectural spaces. She established “Ichijigahaku / Artist for a Day”, a NPO that delivers art to children.

WORKS

EXHIBITIONS

NEWS

CV

  • Manika NAGARE
  • 1975

    Born in Osaka, Japan

  • 1997

    BA Oil Painting, Joshibi College of Fine Arts

  • SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2018

    The Colors Have Gone Through, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo
    Tracing the Colors, POLA Museum of Art, Hakone

  • 2016

    Wraparound, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, New York
    Tsunogumu, Galerie Tokyo Humanité, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Rivers need Springs, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2014

    Line of Sight, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York

  • 2013

    Colorless and White, Gakushuin Women’s College, Tokyo
    Visible Edge, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo

  • 2012

    Tenmaya Okayama, Okayama

  • 2011

    Petit Bois Gallery, Osaka
    Tenmaya Takamatsu, Kagawa

  • 2010

    Bouncing Manner, Yuka Contemporary, Tokyo
    Gushing Manner, Galarie Tokyo Humanite, Tokyo

  • 2008

    Melting Scene, Galarie Tokyo Humanite, Tokyo

  • 2006

    The Boundaries, Desperado, Tokyo
    Mitsukoshi Takamatsu, Kagawa

  • 2005

    Garando Gallery, Aichi
    Clue, The Art Fiend Foundation, New York ; Gallery Tokyo Humanite, Tokyo
    Kocaeli Municipality Art Museum, Turkey

  • 2004

    10301, Edobori Gallery, Osaka

  • 2003

    Wardrobe, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York

  • 2002

    Tansu, Galarie Tokyo Humanite, Tokyo
    Closet, Edobori Gallery, Osaka

  • 2001

    Tokyo Designer’s Week 2001, NOVA OSHIMA, Tokyo
    Opening exhibition, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo

  • 2000

    Tokyo Wonder Wall, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo

  • 1999

    Garando Gallery, Aichi
    Mitsukosi Gallery, Kagawa
    Sano Gallery, Kagawa

  • 1998

    Edobori Gallery, Osaka

  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2016

    Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol.05 -Visible Scenery, Invisible Scenery, Takamatsu Art Museum, Takamatsu

  • 2015

    Embracing for Painting, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo
    Oil on canvas, YUKA TSURUNO Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2014

    THE MIRROR, Nagoya Cgamber of Commerce & Industry, Tokyo

  • 2013

    Why not live for Art?Ⅱ, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2012

    Various Drawings, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo

  • 2011

    The 30th Outstanding Rising Artist Exhibition, Sonpo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
    Various Colors, Garando Gallery, AIchi

  • 2010

    Tokyo Wonder Wall 2000-2009 10 Years, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
    Departure of unexpectation, Yurakucho Asahi Hall, Tokyo
    Future Vision ~ The APT Global Art Collection, Li-space, Beijing
    Domani: The Art of Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo
    Installation for the Opening Ceremony of the Japanese Year in Turkey, Ankara

  • 2009

    No Man’s Land, The French Embassy, Tokyo

  • 2008

    The 27th Outstanding Rising Artist Exhibition, Sonpo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo
    Installation for dedication to Morris Louis, DIC Design Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2007

    Love(?)Letter, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum, Kyoto
    Land{e}scape, Onishi Gallery, New York

  • 2006

    VOCA 2006, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
    Glib Reticence, Recent Glibness, The Pola Museum Annex, Tokyo

  • 2005

    The Project Diversity / Home Sweet Home, Rongio Gallery, New York
    The Boundaries, The Art Fiend Foundation, New York; Art Zone, Kyoto

  • 2004

    Trip, Uplink Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2003

    The Arts of Recovery, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, South Beach Psychiatric Center, New York

  • 2002

    Ruhun Gidasi, Izmit City Art Museum, Turkey

  • 2001

    Field of Now, YOKYO Art Hall, Tokyo
    Tokyo Wonder Wall Follow Up, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo
    Commemorative Exhibition of Grand Prize at “Tokyo Wonder Wall”, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

  • 2000

    VOCA 2000, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
    Field of Now, YOKYO Art Hall, Tokyo

  • PERFORMANCE
  • 2016

    Too Close To Home, dance performance by Makoto Enda, Minako Suzuki and more, Takamatsu Contemporary Art Annual vol.05, Takamatsu Art Museum, Takamatsu
    Roppongi Landscape Painting, dance performance by Makoto Enda and Minako Suzuki, Roppongi Art Night 2016, The National Art Center, Tokyo

  • 2015

    Rivers need Springs, dance performance by Anna Irite, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • AWARDS
  • 2004

    Pola Art Foundation Grant, Tokyo

  • 2001

    Tokyo Wonder Wall (Awards Committee Chairman’s Prize), Tokyo Wander Site, Tokyo

  • COLLECTION
  • Takamatsu Art Museum

  • GRANTS AND RESIDENCES
  • 2002

    Artist in Residency, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, New York
    Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Grant, Frank Stella Studio, New York

  • COMMISSION WORKS
  • 2017

    Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Akasaka, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Forest Terrce Toriizaka, Tokyo

  • 2014

    Azabu public library, Tokyo

  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • 2017

    Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Akasaka, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Forest Terrce Toriizaka, Tokyo

  • 2014

    Azabu public library, Tokyo

  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • [Catalogue]
    30th Outstanding Rising Artist Exhibition in 2011, Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation, 2011
    DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow 2010 Exhibition, The Agency for Cultural Affairs, 2010
    27th Outstanding Rising Artist Exhibition in 2008, Sompo Japan Fine Art Foundation, 2008

    [Articles]
    Mitsukoshi Isetan fashion catalog “EXCELLENT WOMEN”, 2018, p.22 – 33
    News Shinbun, July 2, 2015, p.7
    An artist who handled Azabu public library, Toshikan no gakko, 2014 autom, p.44 – 45
    Shuji Takashina, Nippon art no Yakudo, Kodansha, 2015, p. 98 – 101
    Nemoto, Takeshi, Art Top Magazine (Japan), November 2006, p.104
    FREE EYRS FOR ART, DAZED and CONFUSED JAPAN (Japan), October 2006, p.121
    Matsuura, Yuki, Manika Nagare has a solo show in Kagawa after 7 years, The Shikoku Newspaper (Japan), 6 October 2006
    Tabata, Hiromi, ARTS, Harper’s Bazzar Japan (Japan), October 2006, p.285  
    Fujita, Kazuto, Alienation between inside and outside of themselves, The Tokyo Newspaper (Japan), 9 September 2006
    Honda, Takahiko, Gekkan Gallery Magazine(Japan), August 2006, p.21- 22
    Miura, Athsushi, Two Dimensional Work at the Present Day, Geijyutsu Shincho Magazine (Japan), May 2006, p.119
    Nagoya, Satoru, Direction of Various Art Work, Bian Magazine (Japan) Vol.36 Jan. –Feb. 2006, p.8 – 9
    The Baris Newspaper (Turkey), 30 October 2005
    Tarim, Lokman, The Kocaeli Newspaper (Turkey), 28 October 2005, p.1
    Yuksel,Volkan, The Biz Kocaeli Newspaper (Turkey), 28 October 2005, p.1
    Serimer, Ahmer, The Ozgur Kocaeli Newspaper (Turkey), 26 October 2005
    Kono, Haruko, BT Magazine (Japan), September 2005, p.221
    Sanda, Haruo, New Twist Causes Desire, The Mainichi Newspaper (Japan), 12 July 2005
    Hiromi, Tabata, ARTS, Harper’s Bazzar Japan (Japan), August 2005, p.258  
    Hiromoto, Nobuyuki, Large-scaled Paintings, Even it is small-sized, The Chunichi Newspaper (Japan), 8 April 2005
    Hioki, Takashi, Flowing Colors, Nagoya Times Newspaper (Japan), 2 February 2004
    Onishi, Masaaki, An Artist, Nagare Going to Abroad Under a Grant From The Pola Art Foundation, The Shikoku Newspaper (Japan), 25 April 2004, p.23
    Ichikawa, Akiko, An Artist Living in the Staten Island, MISS Magagine (Jaopan), December 2003, p.338 – 341
    Fressa, Micheal J, Arts of Recovery Fosters Growth of Hope, The Staten Island Advance Newspaper (USA), 22 August 2003, Weekend Section.
    Psychiatric Patients in Art-making Workshops, The Staten Island Advance Newspaper (USA), 23 July 2003
    Alumna Interview, Joshibi Magazine (Japan), July 2003
    Sato, Riei, Importance of Explaining Own Work, The Mainichi Chugakusei Newspaper (Japan), 18 May 2003, p.8
    Fressola, Michael J., Getting Past the Surface, The Staten island Advance Newspaper (USA), 13 April 2003, p.1- 4
    Nagare, Manika, Comment on Wardrobe, Un Nun Free Paper (USA), 12 March 2003
    Wakasa, Mako, Grant Recipients in NYC, The Bijyutu Techo Magazine (Japan), December 2002
    Nagare, Manika, Buddha Face, The Shin Bijyutu Newspaper (Japan), 12 Octorber 2002, p.7
    Nishizawa, Yoshiko, Bread for People’s Heart Project, The Sin Bijyutu Newspaper (Japan), 21 September 2002, p.3
    The cultural support from Japanese friends to Turkey, The Bizim Newspaper (Turkey), 20 September 2002
    Imported Masterpieces from Japan, The Ozgur Newspaper (Turkey), 20 September 2002, p.1,12
    Japanese Allies, The Kocaeri Newspaper (Turkey), 20 September 2002
    Artists of Many Parts, The Nippon Keizai Newspaper (Japan), 21 May 2002, p.15
    Manika Nagare Solo Show, Closet at Edobori Gallery, The Shin Bijyutu Newspaper (Japan), 11 May 2002, p.10
    Exhibition Spot Remarkable Young Artist, Manika Nagare Exhibit New Works at Edobori Gallery, Monthly Gallery Guide Magazine (Japan), May 2002, p.32
    Sanda, Haruo, Pleasurable Vision Awakened by Painting, The Mainichi Newspaper (Japan), 22 April 2002
    Field of Now, Art Visual Hitwi Magazine (Japan), April 2002
    Promising Artists from Art Award of Mecenat, Corporate Philanthropy, Monthly Art Magazine (Japan), August 2001, p.16
    Nagare Receive the Awards Committee Chairman’s Prize, Monthly Gallery Guide (Japan), June 2001
    The Tokyo Wonder Wall Awards Prize, MADO Art Magazine (Japan), June 2001, p.109
    Nishizawa, Yoshiko, Manika Nagare Receive the Chairman’s Prize from the Tokyo Wonder Wall Awards Committee, The Shin Bijyutu Newspaper (Japan), 11 May 2001, p.3
    Nagare Receive the Awards Committee Chairman’s Prize, The Tokyo Newspaper (Japan), 11 April 2001
    Tokyo Government Open a Space for Artists, The Sankei Newspaper (Japan), 11 April 2001
    Nagare Receive the Awards Committee Chairman’s Prize, The Mainichi Newspaper (Japan), 11 April 2001
    Prize Awarded for Paintings Displayed on Tokyo Government Building Wall, The Yomiuri Newspaper (Japan), 11 April 2001
    Inoue, Syouji, Loveliness Colors, The Chunichi Newspaper (Japan), 8 April 1999
    Manika Nagare’s First Solo Show at Edobori Gallery, Monthly Gallery Guide (Japan), May 1998

    [Others]
    “BinoBa” vol.4 “Bi no iro”, Hanatsubaki, Shiseido, April 2015, p. 86
    HANATSUBAKI, March/April, (collaboration work with a novelist, Fuminori Nakamura), Shiseido magazine, 2014
    Shibusawa, Kazuhiko, Creative power of 3.11, Sankei Newspaper(Japan), 9 March 2012
    Promising 50 artists in Japan, Bijyutu Techo Magazine (Japan), April 2007
    Kobuki,Takafumi, Dedicating an art work to Lucie Rie from Manika Nagare, L magazine (Japan), April 2007
    Murata, Asumi, Up-and-coming Artist 2007, SO-EN Magazine(Japan), December 2007, p.70
    Ozawa, Kai, NY Art Scene with Manika Nagare, The ACT3 Magazine (Japan), April 2005
    Kobayashi, Ken, Breaking the Wall of Fine Arts , The OCS News (USA), 25 March 2005, p.5
    Up-and-coming Artists of This Year, Monthly Gallery Guide Magazine (Japan), January 2004, p.58

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