Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent works by Satoko Nachi, her first exhibition in Singapore.

Paintings are the companions to which Satoko Nachi is comfortable to tell her own feelings. She faces herself, or the self in the past honestly, and weaves these various and complicated emotions into self-portraits. Those emotions are mostly derived from the real experiences of happiness and sorrow of love, or feelings for the particular beloved one. Nachi has made a number of large-scale paintings and delivered strong impacts to viewers. "I want the viewers to pay attention only toward the utopia I create on canvas when seeing my works. So, I make the paintings into a scale that fully occupies people's visions," said Nachi. As if writing novels, Nachi depicts symbolic motifs in great details expanding on extensive pictorial planes of the canvas. The crystallized emotions and powerful energies are vividly speaking to the viewers.

Stories of her friends are Nachi's another subject. This is a series that Nachi would like to show her friends their beautiful traits and charms discovered only from her viewpoint. Different from the works where she goes deeper into herself, Nachi is able to depict the emotions while keeping calm. Therefore this series is important in her artistic practice to stay in balance.

Nachi completes her works with enormous time and concentration. They embrace elements that can be considered as feminine, such as purity and romanticness, as well as being emotional almost close to insanity. However, what seizes the viewers are the pain and solitude that commonly exist in human beings beyond gender, as well as nobleness, strength and beauty, which brightly shine in the figures she paints.

Since her last solo exhibition in 2010, Nachi has explored her inner side more and condensed expressions in her recent works. This exhibition features approximately 5 recent works, including the nearly 5 meters wide painting entitled "ManamiI", as well as other series such as self-portrait, portrait of a friend and photography. What is intriguing is that Nachi, who usually paints portraits with emphasis on facial expressions, has let the face covered for the first time. This has unveiled deepened complexity in composition and new development in Nachi's practice.

Born in Tokyo in 1982, Satoko Nachi currently lives and works in Aichi Prefecture. After "Confession" in 2010, this exhibition is her first exhibition in Singapore and second solo show at Tomio Koyama Gallery. Her major solo exhibitions include "project N 32" (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008) and "Ala Project No.17 - Satoko Nachi" (Art Lab Aichi, Aichi, Japan, 2013). Her major group exhibitions include "Wonderful My Art - Artists in Takahashi Collection" (Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan, 2013), "Japancongo" (Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France, 2011), "Voca 2010 - The Vision of Contemporary Art" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2010), "Passion Fruits Picked from the Olbricht Collectioin" (me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2010), "Flowers and Landscape - Claude Monet and Young Japanese" (Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan, 2009).

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