Tokyo Park and Ninjin Art team up to promote the new wave of Japanese art

Published by: Ignatius Rake | 3-Nov-2022
Tokyo Park Gallery and Ninjin Art join forces to raise awareness of Japan's hottest new artists via a limited-time group exhibition in London's Shoreditch and soon-to-follow video.
Tokyo Park and Ninjin Art team up to promote the new wave of Japanese art
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London, 2 November 2022: Art lovers still have until November 6 to catch the first UK glimpse of the new wave of contemporary art sweeping Japan at the Tokyo Colours exhibition in London's Shoreditch. A group show organised by London-based Tokyo Park Gallery and soon to be followed by a music-driven video produced by Cornwall's Ninjin Art, the exhibition brings together the work of SaiakuNana, Ashiya Shiguma, Mayumi Konno, Neko and TYM344, a new cadre of contemporary artists whose vision has so far remained largely unseen outside of their native Japan.

"In an art world marked by conceptualism and the avant-garde, filled with hard-to-reach meanings and audience neglection, the new generation of Japanese artists bring with them a new wave of colour and beauty accessible to all. Through the medium of painting, Tokyo Colours presents a never-before-seen alternative approach to pop: a post-superflat reaction to art," says Tokyo Park founder and exhibition curator Martim Barroso.

"Most of these highly talented artists have never exhibited outside of East Asia before, let alone in London, so the Tokyo Colours show is something truly new and fresh," adds award-winning animator and Ninjin Art producer Ignatius Rake. "If you think you've seen the best contemporary art Japan has to offer, think again. But hurry. The exhibition closes this coming Sunday."

Since opening its doors this past October 28, Tokyo Colours has already whipped up keen interest among online buyers. At the same time, the response from visitors to the show has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees awed by the range of talent, styles and techniques on display. In addition to the UK, Japan and Hong Kong, interest in the show has also come from across the Pond, with Sotheby's in New York, for instance, reaching out to Martim to participate in its Gavel Prize competition for innovative young art business entrepreneurs.

"As well as a mutual friendship with SaiakuNana, who operated her own self-funded gallery in Shoreditch until July this year, Martim and I share a passion for modern Japanese art and we are both particularly taken by the new generation of artists working there who successfully fuse elements of contemporary Japanese popular culture with bold colours, exquisitely detailed brushwork and new approaches to visual storytelling," Rake says. "Tokyo Colours is truly unique and a must-see for anyone with an interest in contemporary art, modern Japan and indeed both."

In a similar vein to the show, the accompanying video will eschew staid convention while providing a permanent visual record of the Tokyo Colours exhibition and the new wave of Japanese artists showcased. "Rather than being a typical documentary, it will follow a style more akin to a music video, featuring elements of animation and a soundtrack by Hard-Drinking Peasant, a house music producer I regularly work with," Rake reports.

Tokyo Colours will run between the hours of 10.30 am to 7 pm at Spiral Galleries located at 44a Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD until Sunday, November 6. It will be followed by more Tokyo Park exhibitions showcasing further cutting-edge Japanese art over the coming months. More information can be found online here:

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