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Jun Ogata  尾形 純

〔 EDUCATION 〕

1962

Born in Tokyo.

 

1991

Graduated from Musashino Art University.

 

1993

Graduated from department of art of Wako University.

 

1995

Completed the graduate school of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and music.

 

1997~98

Study for Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Associates (New York, USA) by the internship system of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Studied about technique of modern paintings and Art conservation technology.

 

〔 SOLO EXHIBITION 〕

2000

"Reflective Burn" Solo Exhibition at Gallery SEIRA, Tokyo.

 

2001

"Reflective Burn" Solo Exhibition at Gallery KOJU, Kyoto.
Solo Exhibition at Kaneko Art Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2002

Solo Exhibition at Ono Gallery(Kyobashi), Tokyo.
"Carved Wave Motion" Solo Exhibition at Ono Gallery(Ginza), Tokyo.

 

2003

Drawing Exhibition "Works on paper" NC Art Gallery, Tokyo.
3rd anniversary of NC Art Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2004

"Reflective Burn" Solo Exhibition NC Art Gallery, Tokyo.
"Study for small works" Solo Exhibition at NC Art Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2005

Exhibition at Gallery21+Yo, Tokyo.

 

2006

Exhibition at Gallery21+Yo, Tokyo.

 

2007

Exhibition at Gallery21+Yo, Tokyo.

 

2008

"-Waon no Kushibi- Works of Jun Ogata 2003-2008" at Doka Contemporary Arts(Aoyama), Tokyo.

 

2009

"-Waon no Butai- Jun Ogata" at Gallery the Earth(Kamakura), Kanagawa.
"YOIN-NO-KYOCHI" at Gallery L'atelier, Tokyo.

 

2010

"ZEN GARDEN" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2011

"KAEI" at Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.
"usumoe sansui" at Gallery L'atelier, Tokyo.

 

2012

"RIKYU TEIEN" at Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.
"ZEN GARDEN" at Frederick Harris Gallery of TOKYO AMERICAN CLUB.

 

2013

"INFINITY" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2014

"zen garden -garden for view-" at FEI ART MUSEUM YOKOHAMA
"-ZEN GARDEN- SOLO SHOW OF JUN OGATA" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2015

"Quiet Beauty" at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi, Tokyo.

 

2016

Jun Ogata "Shadow of Flower" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"Scenic Beauty" at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi, Tokyo.

 

2017

Art in Living - Jun Ogata -Garden In the Living- at ORIE ART GALLERY, Tokyo.

 

〔 GROUP EXHIBITION 〕

1991

Musashino Art University Exhibition of Excellence for graduation production.

 

2000

The 5th Contest for the Best Contemporary Art Work 2001", SOKO Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2003

Japan Contemporary Art Exhibition at Art Gallery of Tokushima Sogo.

 

2004

Kumamoto Biennale-II at Kumamoto prefecture Museum.

 

2005

NAU 21 Century Art Coalition" Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
The 14th Pyeongtaek International Arts Festival at Pyeongtaek Museum in Korea.
1st NC Art Contemporary Exhibition (Planed by Tadashi Akatsu) at NC Art Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2006

"Takehiko Kikuchi x Jun Ogata Exhibition" - DOKA Contemporary Arts.
ARTEX New York 2006 WARD-NASSE Gallery New York.
Exhibition of Contemporary Arts of Japan and Korea at Gallery Artist Space.
"Modern Classic・Redonnee & Jun Ogata Exhibition" DOKA Contemporary Arts.

 

2007

Exhibition of Contemporary Arts of Japan and Korea at Gallery Pause, Tokyo.
Sweden and Japan Art Exchange Program at Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo.

 

2008

Exhibition "9350 Days of Gallery21+yo" at Gallery21+Yo, Tokyo.
"Each Artist Each Moment" at Yokohama Sogo and Funabashi Seibu.
Sweden and Japan Art Exchange Program at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto.
"New Leap of Asia" at SILK Gallery(Seoul), Korea, by the embassy of Japan in Korea.

 

2009

Exhibition "Power of Red" Asian Collection Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo.
Exhibition "Reality Gallery American Slide-All" at NY STUDIO GALLERY in New York, USA.

 

2010

ZEN GARDEN SHOW Jun Ogata & Mario Tauchi at ANA Inter Continental Tokyo.
Contemporary Art Festival Yokohama 2010 at Yokohama Civic Art Gallery.
"Soul of Color" Asian Collection Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo.
"Hitoshi's Eye" Asian Collection Contemporary Art Gallery, Tokyo.
ART OSAKA 2010 at Dojima Hotel (906 Asian Collection Contemporary Art Gallery).
"Contemporary Art from Japan" at Luna kulturhus, Södertölje, Sweden.
"Anti Nuclear & Anti War of Today 2010" at Maruki Gallery.

 

2011

"Art Fair Kyoto" at Hotel Monterey Kyoto by Gallery L'atelier.
"International Art Fair" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"KOBE ART MARCHE 2011" at Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel.

 

2012

"JAPANATION" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"ART in LIFE" at Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.
"WORKS ON PAPER NYC" A International Juried Exhibition at Jeffrey Leder Gallery, New York.
"Soft Launch - KAOMISE" at Nikei FINE ART (Raffles Hotel Arcade, Singapore)
"Art Expo Malaysia 2012" at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Center(MECC).

 

2013

Exhibition "ASIAN BREEZE" at GINZA MITSUKOSHI 8F GALLERY
"TRUE COLOR" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"UCHIWA 2013" at FEI ART MUSEUM YOKOHAMA, Yokohama.
"TOBIN OHASHI HOME GALLERY IN ROPPONGI OPENING" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"52nd Mignon Exhibition" at Galerie Nichido, Tokyo.

 

2014

"SEE & DRAW" at The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts.
"53rd Mignon Exhibition" at Galerie Nichido, Tokyo.
"LIVING WITH ART" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.

 

2015

"Winter Open House Gallery / Sunday Art Event" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"Open House Gallery / Sunday Art Event" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"February Show" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"Faces + Figures Show" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"10th Anniversary Exhibition" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
Selected Exhibition "Griffin Gallery Open" at Griffin Gallery, London.
Hommage Exhibition of Shigeru Aoki "Fruits of the Sea" at Nagai Garou, Tokyo.
"Director's Choice: From Virtual To Actual 4" at Viridian Artists, New York.
The 13th "Hommage Exhibition of Shigeru Aoki" Charity Saitama at Gallery Saikousha, Saitama.
"54th Mignon Exhibition" at Galerie Nichido, Tokyo.

 

2016

"ORIE 30x30xm Art - Rich Seasons II" at ORIE ART GALLERY, Tokyo.
"55th Mignon Exhibition" at Galerie Nichido, Tokyo.

 

2017

"Structure of Interval -Read the Emptiness-" at Iwasaki Museum, Yokohama.
"Japanation Exhibition" at Tobin Ohashi Gallery, Tokyo.
"Affordable Art fair Singapore" at F1 Pit Building, Singapore.

 

〔 PRIZE 〕

1991

Awarded the Excellence for graduation production-Musashino Art University.

 

2004

Received "Award of the Mayor of Kumamoto" at Kumamoto Biennale.

 

2006

 

Awarded the encouragement prize of 'ARTEX New York' 2006 in New York.

 

  2015     Selected Exhibition "Griffin Gallery Open" at Griffin Gallery, London.
            (Selected as a finalist of the Winsor & Newton Painting Prize.)
 

〔 Public Art & Public Collection 〕

DRESSER WISE TAMAPLAZA

Richmond Hotel Himeji 
SOTETSU FRESA INN Roppongi 
REIKASAI Ginza 
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo 
GRAND FRONT OSAKA Owners Tower 
ANA INTER CONTINENTAL HOTEL 
The Parkhouse Gran Sanbancho (Showroom) 
Villa of Mr.S
Nansei Hospital 

 

〔 MEMBERSHIPS 〕

JAA : Japan Artists Association.
JSCCP : The Japan Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property.
IIC : The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
AIC : American Institute for Conservation.

Artist Statement

To create a work is to face to a canvas without a wicked heart. That exactly summed it up my theme of creation for me. The colors on a canvas appear naturally or not is the most important for me. For these few years, I have been exhibit my works in the theme or title of "ZEN GARDEN" especially in foreign countries. My paintings are synchronized with "ZEN GARDEN". Both are not a real nature, but a created natural world. The world of "ZEN GARDEN" synchronizes and expands my creation. Which is not only to inspire me, but also able to be the important keyword and tool to comprehend my paintings.

My primary emphasis is on the colors. The colors which was produced with mixture of colors on my canvas might be not in the real nature. But you can see the varied natural colors that changes with time and season in the garden. Ancient Japanese people had a delicate sensibility recognized these varied natural colors, withered colors of plants and varied natural scenery as a different color and named them all. Such flexible sensitivity of color is also very important concept for me. That has been realize the technique of how to paint the ground, how to mix the colors and how to superimpose the colors.

In Japan, there are "KARE SANSUI" (zen gardens without water) which express a waterfall, a sea, a flow of river and even a space with only rocks and white sand. Using the motif of rocks and sand as a symbol. It might be the world of "enlightenment" and "mystery". Also "KARE SANSUI" expresses a blank space with rocks. Same as the blank space on the canvas which was produced after drawing one line. Both the paintings and the Japanese gardens give a meaning of "Beauty of Blank Space" to the extra space. In my thought, the minimum and simple expression lead the colors of my painting to more beautiful and attractive.

Japanese garden and Bonsai are the straightforward expression of the Japanese aesthetic sense and modeling which use natural phenomena well with natural materials. My paintings which use natural phenomena such as water, air and humidity in the atelier are made in a very Japanese way of thinking unlike the strictly constructed Western paintings. Although sometimes unknown forms and colors appear, I keep creating with unnatural effort while repeating failures to pursue the "more natural".

Using a flow of water and natural phenomena is validity to express the infinite "colors of ZEN" and able to reach the "natural colors and shapes" more than a limited specific description or style of depiction. Although expression of painting is not so easy to create same as a flowing water, soil and air does not have a shape, I keep creating to pursue the "truth of paintings" like a natural scenery which glows strongly. I face to my paintings with such philosophy.

About the Work

To many people, the works of Jun Ogata are what they imagine contemporary Japanese paintings looks like. They are complex works that are so skilfully executed that they appear to be simple and minimalist. Yet, upon closer examination, you can see the attention he gives to the application of the paint, the richness of the colors, and the way he also takes away the paint in unexpected places. These are works that are based on the Japanese gardens that Jun has photographed throughout Japan. You will quickly notice the delicate Japanese traditional natural colors including the color of flower petals, reflections in a pond, and the leaves turning colors in these paintings.  He cites Japanese and European traditional painters and “Sakuteiki” the oldest book on Japanese gardening   as very strong influences on his work. Jun’s painting gives us a feeling of peace, relaxation and beauty.

For the viewer, you will notice the stress of everyday life disappearing and in its place, is a quiet, deep, reflective sense. Jun’s work involves both Japanese sensitivity and the traditional western painting's concept of ground layer painting and color painting.

Works Category: Painting