ELLIE OMIYA

“Happy furniture sails to sea”

ジャンヌレの椅子は休暇をとってみた Jeanneret’s chair decided to take a vacation 2022 acrylic on canvas 100.0 x 80.4 cm ©Ellie Omiya

Tomio Koyama Gallery Tennoz is pleased to present Ellie Omiya’s solo exhibition, “Happy furniture sails to sea.” The exhibition features depictions of various different chairs in all blithe and cheerfulness.

【About the Presented Works】

Omiya comments as follows regarding the exhibition:

“I feel that should one spend their days in the presence of beautiful furniture, one’s very life too becomes something that is beautiful.
Simply having a chair by Charlotte Perriand instills one’s days with endearment and beauty.
I imagine how pleasant one’s everyday must be when there’s an Eileen Gray chair in the home.
A Pierre Jeanneret chair may enable one to enjoy a great vacation.
Nana Ditzel’s chair could perhaps bestow us with a playful and mischievous adventure.
Sitting in a Hans Wegner chair gives us wings for flight.

Chairs are a necessity for us and are important companions for leading an enriched and prosperous life.
In painting chairs I attempted to trace and appreciate their beauty.
It was indeed a time of bliss to paint with respect and admiration for the designers who had brought these remarkable creations into the world.

Through producing paintings of chairs, I came to envision various things within my mind such as the wonderful activities they give rise to, pleasant days and the sound of music, quiet conversations, the warm fire of the fireplace, times spent with a good book, the ticking of a clock, and so on.
Of course, what can be perceived and envisioned is each to the viewer’s own imagination..
Everything is connected to the preciousness of life.

Furniture is a companion in one’s journey of life.
Companions that have embarked on various journeys are gathered here together.
What is more, they are all chairs that I truly love, designed by the great masters. I believe that everyone loves them as well.
I invite you to excitingly capture a glimpse of the performances in which these chairs take to the center stage.”

Ellie Omiya

【About Ellie Omiya】

Ellie Omiya was born in Osaka in 1975, and graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She began to pursue an independent career after working at an advertising agency, engaging in projects across various genres as an accomplished author, stage play director, screenwriter and director for television programs and films, and also as a radio personality.

This year Omiya presented her first solo exhibition at GALERIE BOULAKIA in London. In the summer she will take part in the Setouchi Triennale.

Major solo exhibitions include “To Convey Emotions” (toured PARCO MUSEUM and other venues, 2012), “Ellie Omiya” (ginza graphic gallery, Tokyo), “To Be Alive” (PARCO MUSEUM), “a house of love” (EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo) in 2013, “emotional journey” (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo, 2015), “Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya”(Towada Art Center, Aomori, 2016) “This is forest speaking” (Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, 2017) and “Beautiful Days” (Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo, 2019) . She has participated in group exhibitions such as “ara mahoshi: Art, anything to access a world” (Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Tokyo, 2017) and “Rokko Meets Art 2018” (Rokkosan Country House, Hyogo, 2018).

She continues to rapidly develop and progress in her career as an artist, publishing her new catalogue of illustrations and texts, Whale of Rainbow from Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in February 2019, also in March holding “A Wonderful Forest” (TICOLAT TAMURA, Hong Kong) which marked her first solo exhibition at an overseas gallery.

Please access the following link for further information on Ellie Omiya’s work and activities.
http://ellie-office.com

ペリアンの椅子と、木馬とサボテンと盆栽と、旅と
Perriand’s chair, wooden horse, cactus, bonsai and the journey
2022
acrylic on canvas
100.0 x 80.4 cm
©Ellie Omiya

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Artist Profile

Ellie Omiya

Ellie Omiya was born in Osaka in 1975, and graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She began to pursue an independent career after working at an advertising agency, engaging in projects across various genres as an accomplished author, stage play director, screenwriter and director for television programs and films, and also as a radio personality. From 2012 she started holding interactive solo exhibitions presenting works conveying various images and text, which are completed through viewer’s participation. Omiya has gained high acclaim for her solo exhibitions including “To Convey Emotions” (toured PARCO MUSEUM and other venues, 2012-13), “To Be Alive” (PARCO MUSEUM, 2013), and “Message from the Starry Sky” (toured MITSUBISHI ESTATE ATRIUM and other venues, 2013-2014).

Omiya’s journey as an artist began in 2012, when she was asked to produce a live drawing at the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures inside the Tokyo National Museum to celebrate Mr. Soichiro Fukutake’s receipt of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. This first ever drawing she produced, “Celebration Melody: Naoshima” (currently in the private collection of Mr. Fukutake), while unexpectedly marking the beginning of her painterly practice, had received much attention and acclaim as her debut work.

Ever since, Omiya has held numerous solo exhibitions such as “emotional journey” (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo) and “painting dreams” (Shibuya Hikarie 8/ CUBE, Tokyo) in 2015, followed by her first museum solo exhibition in 2016, “Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya”(Towada Art Center, Aomori), in which she also presented works outside the museum in the city’s local shopping arcade. In 2017, she held the solo exhibition “This is forest speaking” (Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui), and in 2018 participated in “Rokko Meets Art 2018” where she created and presented “Mansion of a Widow.” The work was featured in her 2019 solo exhibition “Beautiful Days” (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace / Hillside Forum, Tokyo) along with her new large-scale installation “One Day’s Picnic.” She continues to rapidly develop and progress in her career as an artist, publishing her new catalogue of illustrations and texts, “Whale of Rainbow” from Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in February 2019, also in March holding “A Wonderful Forest” (TICOLAT TAMURA, Hong Kong) which marks her first solo exhibition at an overseas gallery.

  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Happy furniture sails to sea” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©︎Ellie Omiya photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • ウェグナーの椅子は、好きな本を読みまくった Wegner’s chair read and read its favorite books 2022 acrylic on canvas 100.0 x 80.4 cm ©Ellie Omiya