Rieko Otake

  • ふたつの子ども double children 2017 h.98.0 x w.47.0 x d.40.0 cm wood ©Rieko Otake
  • Installation view from "Sculpture-anachronism and flash" at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo ©Rieko Otake photo by Hidehiko Omata
  • Good night 2015 wood h.21 × w.7.5 × d.19 cm © Rieko Otake
  • Cat hat 2015 wood h.42.0 × w.22.5 × d.16.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • Poodle 2015 wood h.33.5 × w.21.0 × d.14.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • 鳥飼い Girl with her bird 2015 wood h.110.0 × w.43.0 × d.40.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • Leg girl 2015 wood h.42.0 × w.10.0 × d.17.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • Dance 2015 wood h.31.0 × w.58.0 × d.16.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • ピエロ Pierrot 2015 wood h.25.0 × w.4.5 × d.4.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • 羊役 2 Sheep boy 2 2015 wood h.116.0 × w.34.0 × d.23.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • 羊役 1 Sheep boy 1 2015 wood h.95.0 × w.66.0 × d.44.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • Installation view from "Way in, or Out" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Rieko Otake
  • Installation view from "Way in, or Out" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Rieko Otake
  • Installation view from "Way in, or Out" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2015 ©Rieko Otake
  • In the Pocket 2012
 wood 
h.8.0 × w.10.0 × d.5.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • My Ghost 2012 
wood 
h.26.5 × w.7.3 × d.7.7 cm
 ©Rieko Otake

  • Hat Star 2012 
wood
 h.41.0 × w.24.0 × d.15.0 cm
 ©Rieko Otake
  • Somewhere 2012 
wood
 h.64.0 × w.10.0 × d.18.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • Dog’s Ear 2012 
wood
 h.100.0 × w.65.0 × d.51.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • なみだ池 Tear Pond 2012 
wood 
h.80.0 × w.124.5 × d.57.0 cm 
©Rieko Otake
  • 3本角 Three Horns 2012
 wood
 h.150.0 × w.109.5 × d.40.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • In or Out 2012 
wood
 h.214.0 × w.66.0 × d.78.0 cm
 ©Rieko Otake

  • ふたり Two 2012
 wood
 h.30.0 × w.29.0 × d.19.0 cm 
©Rieko Otake
  • installation view from "Perhaps, Mimi" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 ©Rieko Otake
  • installation view from "Perhaps, Mimi" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 ©Rieko Otake
  • room 2009 wood(樟), h.155.0 x w.270.0 x d.70.5cm  ©Rieko Otake
  • girl 2009 
wood h.185.0 × w.50.0 × d.83.0 cm 
©Rieko Otake
  • とりとり Tori Tori 2009
 wood h.42.0 × w.39.0 × d.45.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • あこがれ Longing 2009
 wood h.111.5 × w.20.0 × d.17.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • installation view from "Dreamlike" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2009 ©Rieko Otake
  • installation view from "Dreamlike" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2009 ©Rieko Otake
  • とりとり Tori-Tori 2008 woods h.39.0 × w.91.0 × d.15.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • とりとり Tori-Tori 2008 
woods h.65.0 × w.109.0 × d.56.0 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • とりとり Tori-Tori 2008 
woods h.125 × w.22.5 × d.15 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • とりとり Tori-Tori 2008 
woods h.20 × w.11.3 × d.10.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • installation view from "Tori-Tori" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2008 ©Rieko Otake
  • ママ Mama 2007
 woods h.55.0 × w.12.5 × d.17.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • ピエロ Pierrot 2007
 wood h.25.0 × w.11.0 × d.13.5 cm ©Rieko Otake
  • へび snake 2006 wood h.31.0 × w.21.5 × d.17.0 cm ©Rieko Otake

Rieko Otake’s woodcarvings express such motifs as young girls, birds and deer and even while her work looks somewhat delicate and unstable at times, one senses a unique strength in its universal presence replete with grace. Otake consistently uses the wood of camphor, cypress, and katsura trees, working within a method of adding finishing touches to a foundation of non-colored wood. Approaching closer the works, one becomes aware of an unexpected vigor to the chisel marks. She is affected by the importance of the rhythm of the repeated carving motions: a sincere process of exchange as if the tree and one’s breathing might become joined together, so that the artwork appears as story replete with lyricism.

Rieko Otake was born in 1978 in Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2004 she graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture, and completed her PhD in 2007. Her works have been collected in the Takahashi and JAPIGOZZI Collections. As well as exhibiting in the show “As Long As Rainbow Lasts” (Soka Art Center, Taipei, 2011), she has also held four solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery.

Solo exhibitions

2015 "Way in, or Out" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Perhaps, Mimi" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2009 "Dreamlike" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto
2008 "Tori-Tori" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2018 "Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke" The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
2017 "The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection Resonance or Repellence? " Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
'The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama “Life is hard... Let's go shopping.” ' Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2016 "Sculpture-anachronism and flash" Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
2015 "New Work From an Old Studio #10" Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier / Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
2013 "Ginza Mitsukoshi × Tomio Koyama Gallery Art Selection" Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Rieko Otake, Hideaki Kawashima, Naoki Koide" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2011 "As Long As Rainbow Lasts" Soka Art Center, Taipei
2009 "SCULPTURE -BLUES & LOW BLOW" Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
2007 "Sculpture from Stories" Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
2006 “The 9th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2005 "New Work From an Old Studio" Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier,Tokyo

Public collections

JAPIGOZZI Collection
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION