Kumi Machida


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Year 2021
Medium Linocut print, oil colour pencil, and charcoal on Japanese handmade washi-paper, signed in pencil and stamped in red ink
Dimensions 29.4 x 21 cm

About the work

The regularity of the universe sometimes makes us feel uneasy.

About the artist:

Born 1970 Gunma, Kumi Machida lives and works in Tokyo and Copenhagen. Graduated from Department of Painting, Japanese Painting Course, Tama Art University (1994).

After studying traditional Japanese painting techniques at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Machida redefined the traditional style and found her own contemporary expression. The world of her paintings is the result of her thoughts on human relations, which put issues necessary for living in the modern age in focus, in a unique and personal way. Her paintings are made on handmade Japanese paper with simple, refined lines and a minimum number of carefully chosen colours. The thick lines appear at first glance to have been drawn in a single stroke, but in fact they consist of an accumulation of hair-thin lines that require a great deal of concentration and time.

Her works are held in public and private collections in Japan and internationally including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sovereign Asian Art Foundation, Hong Kong; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa.

Selected solo exhibitions include Denmark-Japan 150 Years, KCulture House Kappelborg, Skagen (2017); Asia House, London (2015); VISIONS, Hå Gamle Prestegard, Nærbø (2011); Takasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma (2008); kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2008); Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010-11, 2013, 2014); and Gallery ac Witteveen, Amsterdam (2000). Selected group exhibitions include Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970, Centre Pompidou, Metz (2017); PRO(S)THESIS, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2017); Cosmos/Intime, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (2015); BYE BYE KITTY!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, Japan Society, New York (2011); and MANGA! Japanske billeder, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2008).

Awards include 24th Takashimaya Charitable Trust for Art and Cultural Prize (2014); Grand Prize at The Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2007, Hong Kong (2007); The 4th Jomo Art & Culture Prize, Gunma (2007); and Maebashi Art Competition ’99 Grand prix, Gunma (1999). Residencies include a one-year residence in Denmark, Japanese Government Overseas Study Program For Artists (2008); and Artist in Residence Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art), Okayama (2006).

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