“Imagination on the Grass”

Installation view from “Imagination on the Grass” TKG Editions Kyoto, Japan, 2009 ©Nana Funo


Nana Funo weaves delicate and sensuous motifs into her paintings with unique matiere. “Scab on Flower,” which was exhibited at VOCA (The Vision of Contemporary Art) exhibition at The Ueno Royal Museum this year, embraces a sense of floating as well as quiet grace coming from the multilayered matiere; acrylic, dye, gesso, and acrylic again.
The world of imagination and stories that she used to indulge in her childhood revisits on canvas with the motifs of sometimes nightmare or personal memories with family. The other source of images is her sketchbook, which she draws everyday. The drawings on the book are superb themselves, but they imply unlimited possibilities on canvas.


At TKG Editions Kyoto, approximately 100 small paintings of 20 x 20 cm are exhibited. The motifs are flowers, trees, myths, and travels to the unknown places, etc. Kaleidoscopic images by various mediums fill the exhibition space.

Artist Profile

Nana Funo

Nana Funo was born in 1983 in Shizuoka Prefecture. She graduated from Osaka University of Arts, Japan (BFA) in 2006 and completed the Graduate Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan (MFA) in 2008. She currently lives and works in Shizuoka. Her major solo exhibitions include “Nana Funo” (Roppongi Hills A/D GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan, 2010), “howl of green” (Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan, 2012). She has held 8 solo exhibitions with Tomio Koyama Gallery.
Her major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2009 The Vision of Contemporary Art” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2009) and “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2014). Funo’s works are housed in the collections of Aman Tokyo, The JAPIGOZZI Collection, MONTBLANC and GBU Japan, Takahashi Collection and Takamatsu City Museum of Art.