“Who Knows the Stories”

花の瘡蓋 Scab on Flower 2008 acrylic, dye, gesso on canvas 162.0 × 388.0 cm ©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.


This exhibition features approximately 8 new paintings including a large painting of 3m 88cm in width, “Scab on Flower,” and a painting on round shaped canvas made on a special order.
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.

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  • Installation view from "Who Knows the Stories" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Japan, 2009 ©Nana Funo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Nana Funo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2008 ©Nana Funo