Shiori Yajima “Beyond the Forest”

Ouchi Gallery

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Born in 1979, Nagano Japan. Yajima is a painter using a Japanese classic technique called “Nihonga” with the theme of “Light and Shadows.”(Nihonga is a kind of painting using crushed mineral pigments mixed with a natural liquid adhesive on thick handmade paper.) Many colorful shapes are floating in her painting. These are bright light and dark shadows. “Light and Shadows” has two meanings. One is visible. The other is invisible. We can get the information from our eyes, and most of it is made of light. It is a phenomenon. Then, what are “light and shadows” which are not visible? It means two feelings everyone has in the heart. Speaking concretely, there are negative feelings and other feelings exist in memory. As for man, if anyone illuminates the inside of the heart with light, a bright portion and a dark portion will appear. Therefore, we feel pain. If we don’t feel pain, we can not feel joy. But a shadow is required in order to brighten light more. Consequently, She paints the scenery by a natural phenomenon and occasionally draws the “shadows” in the heart through the form of a house and a glass.

Yajima lives and works Cincinnati,OH.


2005 M.F.A Tama Art University, Tokyo
2003 B.F.A Tama Art University, Tokyo

Solo Exhibitions

2014 “Gazing into Fine Arts of Shinano#4 Shiori Yajima”,Chino City Museum of Art, Nagano
2013 “Mind Scope”, LIXIL Gallery, Tokyo
2010 “Full of Light and Wavering Shadows”, Gallery82, Nagano
2009 “Shiori Yajima Exhibition”, Shibata Etsuko Gallery, Tokyo
2008 “Bleeding Light”, Ohkasyorin, Nagano
2007 “Emotional Landscape”, Shibata Etsuko Gallery, Tokyo“Connecting Light and Light”, Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
2005 “Shiori Yajima Exhibition”, Gallery Kei, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

2013 “Hinokai” , Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo
2012 “The 100 Artists Exihibition”, Ouchi Gallery, N.Y, USA
2011 “Metamorphosis”, Gallery82, Nagano
“Misuzukaru light and wind”,Akane art gallery, Tokyo
“Jupiter”,Ginza Surugadai gallery,Tokyo
2010 “Contemporary Art Scene IV”, Koumi-machi kougen Museum of Art, Nagano
2008 “Field of Now Influence x Creation”, Ginza Yokyo hall, Tokyo
2006 “Hope 2006 Vol.2 Various Japanese Style Paintings”, Art space Rashinban, Tokyo
“Yoshie Uchida & Shiori Yajima Exhibition”, Gallery Kei, Tokyo
2005 “Rust fruit, Blue clothes and White painting”, Nabisu Gallery, Tokyo


2012 The Ueno Royal Museum Award, Tokyo [07’, 10’]
The Art Triennial Competition of Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi
2008 The Art Triennial Competition in Toyohashi, Seeking the artists of tomorrow,Aichi [05’]
2002 Sato Taisei Prize Art Exhibition in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto

Appointment only on Wednesday



from April 30, 2014 to May 04, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-04-29 from 19:00 to 22:00


Shiori Yajima

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