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Kayou Kitakomi Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition "IKIRU - Live in the moment, Treasure and focus on the now"

August 18, 2022

Photo from left to right:  "Ikiru" Upholstered 94 x 178 cm / "Live" upholstered 79 x 190 cm / "Live" upholstered 94 x 189 cm

Kayo Kitakomi, a Japanese calligrapher, living in Kochi Prefecture, is based on the theme of "Living and Alive!" and vigorously holds solo and group exhibitions in Japan and overseas, as well as pursuing the possibilities of calligraphy through collaborations with other genres. In this New York exhibition, we will exhibit many calligraphies works on the theme of "living" while interweaving Sumi ink and Japanese culture, including "Hymns: Living," a large-scale work created with the thought that "In this day and age, when we are in the Covid 19 disaster and seeing distant wars in real time, we cherish this moment and live with this moment."

Before the exhibition, Kitakomi said, "I am creating a world of Sumi ink clothed in the traditions of Japan, picking up what I feel from everyday life and hoping that they will be a hymn to a life full of joy living. I am happy to meet many people along with my work in New York, a city fascinated by the energy, a crucible city of races, and I have visited it many times." In this exhibition, unique works that go beyond the concept of calligraphy will also be exhibited. Kitakomi is not bounded by a single style or way of thinking and is always looking for new expressions. -Always the beginning- is Kitakomi's motto, and it is an exhibition that makes you look forward to something starting again from this exhibition. Please take a look.

Kayou Kitakomi

Kayou Kitakomi
Born in Kochi Prefecture, she is a former independent scrivener of “Dokuritsu Shojindan Foundation (Independent Sho Artists). Three years of independent calligraphy university. She is active in various fields through calligraphy. At the Kochi Municipal Ryōma’s Birthplace Memorial Museum”, illustrations by the late Yutaka Murakami, who has won many awards such as the Kodansha Sashie Award, and calligraphy by Kitakomi introduce the episode from the birth of Ryoma until he left Tosa Domain. “Japanese art” that is also handled in the galleries of “Hotel Okura” and “Imperial Hotel” is popular worldwide.

1994 World Calligraphy Art Exhibition Artists’ Memorial (Tokyo, Arts Theater), Art Kite Exhibition (Canada) (Australia) 1997 – Ino Paper Museum (Kochi) 5 times since then, Hoshigaoka Art Village (Kochi) Solo Exhibition, ten times until ’20, Contemporary Artist’s Eye Exhibition (Okayama), Walsh Gallery (Chicago), Dance Lab Performance Stage Art Ink (Kochi), Mal Waldon Jazz, Lantern Equipment (Chikurinji, Kochi), TAKARA Gallery Solo Exhibition (Houston) 3 times, YOSAKOI Festival Costume calligraphy (Kochi) 1999 Solo exhibition organized by Japan Turkish Friendship Association (Turkey) Hauswittönstein Bulgarian Cultural Center Solo Exhibition (Austria), Art collaboration with poetry and ink, Alange Farois, Yoshimasu Gozo (Chikurinjii, Kochi) 2001 Japan and the British Cultural Festival organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Queen Elizabeth Hall, UK). Japan Opera Stage Lantern Device: Ochi Natural Forest Museum Solo Exhibition (Kochi) 2003 Organized by the Japanese-French Cultural Center, Koi no Streamer World Children’s Day (Parbizon, Paris), The World Kite Exhibition (Marseille) supported by Consulate General of Japan, Solo Exhibition in the South of France (Nimes, Marseille, Montpellier, Huzes) continued until ’14 2007 Ink on the wall in collaboration with Ana Solar at the MACUF Museum of Contemporary Art (La Corna, Spain) 2009 Tradition and Present, Taiko Player Okura Shonosuke Stage Collaboration (Kochi) 2010 Calligraphy collaboration with Vasene Koslov at the National Gallery of Ethiopia, Lectures, and workshops on calligraphy and culture during school visits (Ethiopia, Japan Foundation grant) 2017 WAKEKKO Exhibition (Kochi) Outdoor work collaboration with 5 French artists 2020 Hoshigaoka Art Village Solo Exhibition (Kochi) 2020-2022 Noritake no Mori Gallery Solo Exhibition (Nagoya)’20 “Always the Beginning” Exhibition: ’21 “The Tale of Genji” Exhibition: ’22 “Bokkyo” Exhibition

PeriodSeptember 15 – 21, 2022
Hours10:00 am – 6:00 pm (M - F) / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Sat) /(Closed on Sun)
LocationThe Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019
AdmissionAdmission Free