Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tokyo's newest art fair brings global talent, famous names, street art to Harajuku


Artistic talent from all around the world as well as from Japan is converging on Tokyo this weekend as the city gets ready to hold the first Tokyo International Art Fair from 22nd to 23rd May 2015 at Harajuku Quest Hall.

Some 150 outstanding artists and distinguished galleries from 30 countries as far flung as United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, China, India, Russia, Africa, the USA and Australia and many prestigious exhibitors from the city itself will be out in force at the fantastic free two-day art extravaganza.

Among these are Tokyo based New York Gallery, who represent the artworks by Los Angeles based Mr Brainwash (known from his role in the Oscar nominated "Exit Through the Gift Shop" a film by Banksy.)


Also present will be Australia's Brisbane-born artist Shane Bowden, who is now  based in California. Known for his intuitive, free feeling and wacky themes. Shane is like a Andy Warhol injected with steroids, and is likened to Damien Hirst. Collage technique, unpredictable material, and forms being created in the mess deliberately. From Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) up to the conference room of the Vogue Magazine, his artwork has been loved by a wide range from prominent collectors from around the world, regardless of genre.


Tokyo based Krystal & Glam luxury art Gallery represent the works by Daniele Donde. Handcrafted fine artworks that have great detail, and is dazzled with glamorous and precious stones. The artworks have been featured by the press globally and is a must-see, or a must-buy.

9th Wave Gallery (Hawaii) will have a collection of contemporary art incorporating everything from Zen Surrealism to Hawaiian Surf Art, by a selection of international artists that create cutting edge art, presenting them with a message of Aloha.

Local Japanese artists that participate include;
Asako Iwamizu, famous for the use of vibrant colors eliciting a sense of joy. Hayato Shiratori, known for his Manga art. Ginger, illustrator, sign-writer, pin striper, and graphic artist. Gypsy.P, musician and spiritual artist. Yucchi Design By Evolve, surf art and design, original art boards and wetsuits. Susanow, Street Artist. TAIKEN, urban artist with a love for HipHop. Fusako Ekuni, working with the mysteries of the light and the energy. Sunrise Welward Art, self taught Artist from Ireland, living in Japan inspired by South-Africa where she grew up.

…and many other exhibitors living locally in Tokyo.

Satoshi Maruhashi (Tokyo): "I have been looking forward to the Tokyo Art Fair for a very long time. It's great that Japanese Artists as well as European and many other Nationalities are coming together for this first huge artist art fair in Tokyo."


Christine Walters (USA) who will take part is a Performance Artist who paints the abstract of LIVE DJ music. Born in Indiana, schooled in Alabama and cultured in New York City Walters comes from an artistically divers family which she accredits her love for combining music and performance painting.  For Christine music is not just music, it's a medium that spills onto a surface. - "It will be a spectacular show at the Tokyo Art Fair."

Sarah Britten (South-Africa) works in a somewhat unusual medium: lipstick. (Yes, really.) Sarah started working with it in 2002, when she became involved with a Range Rover campaign in late 2010 that she began to paint lipstick cityscapes.

Souren Mousavi (UK) was born is Persia in 1969 and her ancestral family is linked to the Persian Monarchy. Her childhood found her embroiled in the Iran-Iraq war which was to have a lasting impact on her life. Souren`s passion for all things artistic eventually resulted in her graduating with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Tehran. Her expression of freedom and her commitment to women`s rights led to her arrest and eventual imprisonment. Her work was deemed offensive by the regime and Souren was to experience many years of darkness. Souren now lives and works in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Curator Joelle Dinnage, says about the selection “The applications to participate exceeded expectations, that's why the selection process has been very strict and resulted in a divers and profound selection, which has all of its exhibitors fizzing with excitement of being part of the inaugural event. It has also got a great declaration of how popular contemporary visual art is in Tokyo, with hundreds tickets pre-booked visitors waiting to attend with anticipation. The organisation Global Art Agency Ltd is extremely looking forward to this event, as its the first (of many) in Asia."

Natal Vallve also a Curator at the organisation said: "Asian artists nowadays are one of the most emerging artists around the world, and we can see the same is happening with the asian art market, which growing extensively. We are proud to be the first UK based organisation bringing so much talent together to Tokyo, and also our collectors have been fanatic to come to the art fair from many different countries such as Spain, and UK to see the extraordinary show."


Among paintings on show there will be sculptures, photography art, illustrations, street & urban art, illuminated artworks by Vinki Qoz (China), and live performance art accompanied with live music from several well-known Japanese DJ's.

The Tokyo International Art Fair takes place at Harajuku Quest Hall on Friday 22nd May 2015 with the private viewing from 6pm to 9pm with tickets costing 1500 JPY and include a glass of Champagne, live music and the chance to meet some of the high profile artists and galleries taking part.

On Saturday 23rd May 2015 the fair is open to the public and free to enter from 11.00am - 17.00pm with the Global Art Award Ceremony at 16.00pm in which the Best Artist Award will be announced.

For more information you may visit www.tokyoartfair.com

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