New Blood Art

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Emiko Aida

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Degree: MA Printmaking
University: Royal College of Art
Graduation Year: 1989

New Blood Art Statement

Aida is a compassionate, tender and very vigilant observer of human beings and the often alien surroundings that are of their own making. Whether depicting Japanese ceremonies in pastoral settings, or attending to a spirit of mysticism still faintly breathing in our urban settings, Aida always conjures up immersive atmospheres; sympathetic to how humans experience them. Whether depicting the grey of the city, sun-dappled autumn or a velvety drapery of darkness, Aida makes the world briefly intimate again, as suddenly as a cherry blossom tree. 

Emiko Aida was awarded the The Ward Thomas Award at the National Open Art Competition for her piece ‘Requiem’.

Artist Statement

Growing up in Tokyo over 20 years and living in London for a similar length of time gave me a curiosity about people in large cities and myself amongst them. What is the relationship between traditional and modern culture? Where do I belong? Where am I going? These kinds of endless questions evoke in me feelings of how fragile and lonely humankind is. It seems like all lives and their experiences cross between reality and illusion. My work of asks questions in the air without sound and I try to hear the answers in return to make sure where I am.

Solo Exhibitions 

2002, Solo Show, Gallery West, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2016, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool 

2016, National Open Art Competition, London, UK

2016, RE Annual, Bankside Gallery, London

2016, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool

2015, St. Barbes Museum, Hampshire, UK

2015, Burton Art Gallery and museum, Devon, UK 

2015, The Rheged Gallery, Cumbria, UK. 

2013, Edinburgh festival, Edinburgh

2011, SPACE International Print Biennial, Korea

2011, International Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London

2009, Works, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 

2009, Works, The Weekend Gallery, East Sussex

2008, Works, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

2008, Works, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2008, Works, Weekend gallery, East Sussex

2008, Works, The OXO Gallery, London

2008, Works, The Obsidian Gallery, Oxford

2008, Works, The Tavistock Centre, London

2007, Works, The Landau Kunstverein, Germany

2007, Works, Florence Biennale, Italy
2005, Original, Mall Galleries, London

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2015, National Open Art Competition, RCA, London, UK
2014, Vivien Leigh Bequest Prize, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
2014, Word Thomas Award, 2nd Prize at 2014 National Open Competition, UK 
2011, Purchase prize, SPACE International Print Biennial, Korea
1998, 1999, Coley & Tiley Prize, RBSA, Birmingham
1997, The Nordstern Award in Royal Academy of Arts, London
1989, L`Escargot Restaurant Award in Royal College of Art, London
1982, 1983, Japan University of Printmaking Purchase Prize, Tokyo