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"The Beautiful Experience"

​Naoko Watanabe

​11 September - 15 October 2020

Naoko Watanabe exhibitions have always been one of the most enjoyable and extremely popular cultural events in the gallery. One of the stimulating ideas behind her painting concept is the wish to express a moment when two incompatible things meet each other and present this moment as an eye-watering bright story of infinite beauty. Conflicts between different things happen constantly in life. Rather than perceiving collisions as friction or discord she shows them as the most interactive moment in which oppositions “contribute for the sheen of each other”. 

    This time Watanabe’s sophisticated and emotional presentation is about her experience of the realities of life during corona pandemic. For Watanabe the daily life turned into reconsideration of the notion of “freedom”. By reviewing her behavior and exploring the "distance from others", Watanabe became motivated to assert herself through the persons and things she cherishes most. Her desire to emphasize that "beautiful things enrich our relationships with others" lies at the core of this exhibition.

    Watanabe paints with colors and techniques which could be directly associated with the Glamour style. Especially vivid colors and glossy sheen create resplendently luxurious and elegant appearance. Gold and silver scattered around the canvas sparkle with glitter. This effect may be found back in costumes of the Noh theatre, which originated in Japan in the 14th century when threads of silver and gold were lavishly woven into the fabrics to make them shine and glitter in the shadows of night. Blending of golden yellow, juicy orange, deep scarlet, hot pink, swimming-pool blue and grass-green highlights Watanabe’s visual identity and play a crucial role in giving her a fashionable edge. Everything she paints feels very powerful and confident – but never forced, just effortless and natural. Yet, at the same time, there is energy and a kind of cool atmosphere that has resonance for modern woman.

    Watanabe successfully manages to present the approach where such bright and provocative materials are balanced without breaking into vulgarity and kitsch. Intense strokes and tranquil lines fold over and over in various layers. The hue and the glamour of oil painting change their appearance due to the complexity of coloring and light rays. The composition with concrete bright clear shapes complement blurred and abstract spots of soft color acquiring a real depth and supporting a three-dimensional effect. All this pictorial elements inspire the viewers to evoke their sensuality to view and explore the painting. It is quite difficult to grasp the meaning of abstraction and to decode the artist’s system of signs. But Watanabe is sure that painting is not something to be understood, but should rather be experienced and sensed intuitively. It reminds us that abstract painting is a way to get in touch with the world with the help of free ideas. She wants the painting to be a new opportunity for the viewer to discover himself as a creative being and to re-see our identities in connection to art work.

    We hope that even those, who do not usually have an opportunity to come into contact with art, will take a look at these works and enjoy the encounter with the magic of art. Latest Watanabe’s exhibition might be the most enjoyable to see the paintings that combine the romance of glamour with the elegance of the artist’s style and will probably empower you to be bold and dashing even.

 

Gallery would like to present a special project showing the process of drawing the painting by Naoko Watanabe which she called “You Dance with your Senses”. This project was on Facebook and Twitter as a part of the preparation for her exhibition “Beautiful Experience” held in the gallery. It was the first time for Watanabe to upload the photos showing the process with comments on SNS. Usually many people ask the artist different questions about her art works, for example "How do you draw?”, "Where does it start?” or “When and how do you finish the work?”. Watanabe thought that it could be a good opportunity for her, as an artist, to deepen her dialogue between the painting and viewers. We hope that you will enjoy following the process of creation and feel closer to the painting by seeing in detail what happened before it was completed.

  • 11 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」Naoko Watanabe

    I'm preparing for the exhibition scheduled for October.

    I've started painting a new picture.

    I have started painting a new picture. 

    Shall I turn it horizontally or vertically?

    What will be in the final end?

  • 13 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe

    I think it would be nice to see pink in the finished work, so I put this color on canvas.

    I want to proceed painting over and over and make sure that in the end it will be vibrant.

    It is my work and I can go wherever I want to.

  • 16 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    I am interested in painting something like a structure.

    This form looks supportive, but it is yet unstable and exists only in the painting.

    I seek to show that incompatible things may exist together.

  • 17 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    I started painting with oil today and the smell in the studio has changed.

    I want to share the sheen and vibrancy of the painting and the thickness of the brushstrokes with the people standing in front of the painting. 

    I feel that oil paints convey to people the history of the painter's dialogue with the picture, and that is why I paint in oil.

  • 18 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    At this stage I'm trying to create deep depth, as the picture can become flat when it is painted over and over again. 

    I don’t let my body to move in the same way and try to control sudden and unexpected movements. 

    So that people who stand in front of the painting can experience an unexpected space.

  • 20 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Today I came to the studio to look at the painting.

    While looking at the painting, I see my own choices and decisions.

    There are many signs of movement in the ambiguity of painting, and I'm still not sure what will happen.

  • 21 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    I wait for a while; the reason is that the next step is likely to determine the direction of work.

    Though in the beginning I think that I know what feeling I would like to express, in the process it could change or go into a different direction because of something unexpected. 

    Now, I think I should go in this direction where I can feel more strength and beauty in the details, so that I can accept mistakes and break stability. 

  • 22 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Some lines will be erased a few minutes after I draw them, but that's not a mistake, they will trigger the next line to be born as part of the layers of the finished work.

    The full canvas is covered with oil paints and brushstrokes are now visible on the picture plane.

    Today, in comparison to the time before and after I started painting, the space has changed, and I see new shapes even on the sides.

  • 23 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    The paint infused and the picture looks darker than yesterday, so I started to make the whole work brighter. 

    Colors are saturated and bright, they make the lower part look darker, so I boldly repainted this area with different colors, even if I liked how it was before.

    The flat and sharp look on the surface and the variation of the lines bring new scenes.

  • 25 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    I want the painting to be a place where incompatible things meet create a beautiful moment.

    I use sensory contrasts as a motif and create spatial depth again.

    I want to use the forms that lie between abstract and figurative to expand the free imagination of the viewer. 

  • 28 August 2020

    「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    I express the artificial and the natural within a single line.

    I show the three-dimensional effect via a single line.

    Single line defines the space.

  • 5 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Painting is in progress ... look at the diagonal image below. 

    The choices are endless and deepen my hesitation. 

    I also notice that I should toss aside the inferior objects and remove non-essential details. I try to “listen” to the line.

  • 6 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    There are parts that start to represent something and parts that are just covered with paint, so I pull them up to the same level. In order to fill in the painting with everything that is necessary, I create the movement of the entire space and also work on every detail. Directions in which the painting could develop have no limits, so I try to act carefully and smoothly.

  • 6 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    In the folds of complex colors you may see regular movement of nature and people. 

    Lines appear and disappear vaguely, undifferentiated masses of paint. 

    Some lines look alive and some are not, but I try to make them alive.

  • 12 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Again I add some new elements to emphasize the important things.

    When I do so, elements that dominated the painting before disappear and the picture scene changes.

    I create light. 

  • 15 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Every line represents speed and slowness, as well as firmness and softness. 

    It could be a symbol of clarity, and on the other side play its role in showing ambiguity.

    Color may broaden or limit the image of the sensation created by the line. 

  • 15 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    The human body acquires experience and skills and it could be interesting to express them through the lines unconsciously.

    The white line appeared here today without hesitation. 

    I’m not sure whether it would impress the viewers, but I hope it will. 

  • 20 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    In order to make the upper part lines being seen clearly, the lower part should be expressed differently from the upper part.

    In order to make brighter the overall impression, I arranged color details and brush strokes. 

    I have a feeling that I’m coming to the end of the process.

  • 20 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Even with the same color you can convey different messages if the shapes, brush strokes and positions are different. 

    I think the fun of painting is that you can create a sense of time. 

    I want to see how space and time start to flow in the mix of things.

  • 22 September 2020

    渡邉 野子「美しい経験-The Beautiful Experience-」solo exhibition Naoko Watanabe, painting in progress

    Your body will tell you when the painting is completed.

    I feel like a lump which was inside me until now is disappearing.

    I have completed this painting differently from the previous ones and that keeps me being interested in painting.

 
 

Contemporary artist working in an abstract manner. Watanabe deeply explores the role of color in conveying the essence of the world and its perception.

One of Watanabe's concepts is "representing the moment when incompatible things meet as a beautiful state of painting." “The conflict of different things happens continually in life. Rather than seeing it as a trap or inconsistency, I want to make it the most interactive and active moment for each other to shine,” Watanabe thinks. The striking strokes and quiet lines are folded in layers, the composition of abstraction and concrete, and the glossiness of the oil, the complex color mixture and the color that changes the way of viewing by light rays, We want to work and see. “My painting is a painting that I don't understand. I don't understand it, but experience and feel it. I want to create a new option for the viewers to discover their own creative ideas.”

 

 

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Unexpected Angel 2020 oil, acrylic, canvas 100 × 80.3cm