土を慕い、草花鳴らし光こぼるる Cherishing the soil, the light falls on rustling flowers 2016

pencil, Chinese ink, water color, lithograph ink, Japanese paper on canvas mounted on wood panel 90.0 × 90.0 cm ©︎Yuko Someya

染谷悠子 展「花のひらく音を聴く」Yuko Someya“Listening to the sound of flowers blooming”

会 期 2017年1月11日(水) - 2017年2月 6日(月)
時 間 11:00 - 20:00
場 所 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery
料 金 入場無料 Admission Free



Opening reception: Wednesday, January 11, 2017  6pm-8pm

*Artist talk: Wednesday, January 11, 2017  7pm-






染谷悠子は1980年千葉県生まれ。2006年、東京藝術大学大学院版画専攻を修了。現在も千葉を拠点に制作活動を行っています。2004年町田市立国際版画美術館の全国大学版画展で、収蔵賞/観客賞を受賞、作品は同美術館に収蔵されました。アメリカのRichard Heller Galleryなどでも個展を開催、小山登美夫ギャラリーでの個展は4度目となります。主なグループ展に、「VOCA展」(2014年、上野の森美術館、東京)、「生きとし生けるもの」(2016年、ヴァンジ彫刻庭園美術館、静岡)などがあります。



Yuko Someya's work is created from coloring and layering Japanese paper, while making the most of its soft texture. By her original techniques of skillfully employing a wide range of mark-making - pencil lines, brushstrokes using watercolor or Chinese ink, and the lines of the paper fibers - her work embraces a sense of romanticism, airiness and clarity. Her work is further enhanced by a sense of slight uneasiness about the fragility of life, suggested by butterflies caught in a spider's web or animals lying quietly in flowers of tender hue. Someya remarks as follows: "There was a moment when I realized that life was not so beautiful. I found lifelessness, emptiness, and things that had lost their freshness to be very beautiful. But I also feel that hair is more beautiful on bodies, and becomes suddenly raw when it falls out." Beautiful flowers, butterflies, spiderwebs and birds reflect Someya's almost nihilistic sensations and contradictions in her attitude towards life, inviting the viewer's imagination.

This is Someya's first solo exhibition in four years in Japan, and features around 10 works including those exhibited in the exhibition "All Living Things" at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum last year, as well as new works. The viewer is invited to encounter Someya's world, and her continuous exploring of "the end of life", to which all living things are destined.


Yuko Someya was born in 1980 in Chiba. She graduated from the Department of Printmaking at Tokyo University of Arts. She was awarded the Collection and the Audience Awards at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, and her work was included in the museum's public collection. She has had solo exhibitions at venues including Richard Heller Gallery (the United States), and this is her forth exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery. Her major group exhibitions include "VOCA" (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2014) and "All Living Things" (Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, 2016).