Solo Exhibition

Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2004 ©Masako Ando


Her paintings are full of boys and girls with their lovely round eyes, birds and butterflies are floating around, and all the flowers seem to represent the lyricism. Surface of the canvas looks dainty piece of china which the artist polished it with sandpaper for many times. Astonishingly daintiness of lines and glossy paint colours takes us to the mellowness of the world. The world of her paiting is about lost and to gain, tranquility and intensiveness, eatable and uneatable, happiness and sorrow, and death and to live. Painting itself has got all these elements and the artist tries to make these things for positive ways.


There are two drawings and two paintings in this exhibition. “Where Have All Flowers Gone?” this is the artist did careful drawing at first and then challenges for paiting based on its drawing. “the Fire” is the drawing based work.
“In Spring” is a pair work. This exhibition is the debut of her latest works.
We hope to see you at project room : Tomio Koyama Gallery.

Artist Profile

Masako Ando

Masako Ando was born in the Aichi Prefecture in 1976. She graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Aichi University of the Arts in 2001. She currently lives and works in Seto city, and is an Associate Professor at Aichi University of the Arts.

Her major solo exhibitions include “Hara Documents 9: Masako-Ando – The Garden of Belly Button”(Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2012), “Masako Ando ’Songbook’ Commemorating the release of her first art book” (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016). Working with motifs such as young children, woolen knitted items, animals, plants and flowers, Ando creates paintings with eloquently smooth surfaces that take advantage of the characteristics of oil paint, and are conceived through various pictorial elements such as detailed depiction and her composition of the picture plane that incorporates the presence of large blank spaces. In contrast, while engaging with the same subject matter, her pencil drawings distinct for their meticulously elaborate execution, illustrate a much harder and solid texture.
Since 2018, she is engaged in creating ceramic relief works, along with charcoal, pencil, and water color drawings that have developed a new frontier within her artistic practice.