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Nozomi Karanihara's solo exhibition "The Trickster Doesn't Laugh" starts November 18

We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of Nozomi Karanihara, a Kyoto-based artist who is gaining attention as an emerging new painter.


Nozomi Tojinbara

Born 1984 in Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto, Japan. 2020 Completed the doctoral course at Kyoto City University of Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts.
Active mainly in Kyoto, he has held various solo and group exhibitions and has received numerous awards.
She has been exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions, and has received numerous awards.

The works of her paintings are based on the theme of the child figure, and the composition of her paintings blends historical and contemporary elements to evoke a story in each viewer.


Nozomi Karanihara’s paintings are impressive for their large eyes that seem to gaze at the viewer. Having been familiar with Rubens and other Old Master paintings as a child, as well as manga and video games such as “Shonen Jump” and “Dragon Quest,” Karanihara has focused on the “story” that traditional Western painting and Japanese entertainment culture have in common, and has continued to paint works that combine history and modernity. In 2021, he was awarded the Special Prize at the 24th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art Exhibition. His works are in the collections of the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (now the Kyoto Kyocera Museum of Art) and the Tokushima Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, and his reputation as an artist of the new generation is growing.

In this new work, he focuses more on the human figure under the theme of “Trickster. Along with a large scale (100mm) work, the exhibition also features a number of drawings depicting various characters. We hope you will enjoy the portrait of the “Trickster,” which allows each viewer to weave his or her own story. During the exhibition, in addition to gallery talks, the artist himself will give commentary on the works every weekend, offering tips on how to read and understand the paintings and how to enjoy art in a more casual way.

Opening reception and gallery talk

11/19 Sat 15:00- Admission free, no reservation required

Scheduled artist presence *The gallery will close at 16:45 on 11 and 20 due to an event.

11/19 Sat, 20, 26, 27, 12/3 Sat, 4 (subject to change)

Artist’s own commentary schedule

Nov. 20, 27, and Dec. 4, from 15:00 each

Inquiries about the artworks

Access to the venue:

Midosuji Line and Yotsubashi Line, 5-minute walk north from Exit 28 of Hommachi Station, 5-minute walk south from Exit 7 of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Line

Requests concerning measures to prevent infection by the new coronavirus: ・Please come to the hospital if you have a fever or are feeling unwell. Please refrain from coming to the venue if you have a fever or are feeling unwell.

Please do not come to the venue if you have a fever or are not feeling well.


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