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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.

 

Recent View: Several years ago I revisited Kyoto, an ancient city in Japan. I am originally from Japan, but it was the first trip to Kyoto since my childhood. As an artist and Buddhist I was searching for the key ingredient of Japanese art. When I popped into Higashi Honganji, one of the main temples of Jyodo shin Buddhism, I came across monks sitting on a well-polished black floor in a dark room. The surroundings were golden walls and features. The monks appeared to be floating in meditation. I felt ‘This is it!’ To reach the other world / one step higher towards abstraction, and I sensed, the black and gold in the darkness indicated my direction. Since then I have been trying to depict something very subtle and invisible using these colors.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Solo show, For Art Sake, London, UK
2002, Solo show, Gallery West, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2019, Contemporary art fair, Clio Art Fair, New York, USA
2019, London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2019, Artists from Japan, Viridian Artists Gallery, New York, USA
2019, Art on Paper, Pier 36, New York, USA
2019, Venice Biennale, Palazzo Mora, Biennale, Italy
2019, Contemporary Printmakers, Coombe gallery, Devon, UK
2019, Contemporary Printmakers, Coombe gallery, Devon, UK, Devon, UK
2019, Art Expo (on screen), Zurich HB Main Station, Zurich, Switzerland
2018, Contemporary art fair, Clio Art Fair, New York, USA
2018, London Original Print Fair, UK, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2018, Art Box Project (on screen), The Stricoff Gallery, New York, USA
2017, Contemporary Art Fair, Sydney Art Fair, Sydney, Australia
2016, Group show, Bluecoat display Centre, Liverpool, UK
2015, Printmakers show, Burton Art Gallery, Devon, UK
2015, Printmaking show, St. Barbes Museum, Lymington, UK
2015, Prints show, The Rheged Gallery, Cambria, UK
2013, Edinburgh Festival,, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2010, The Qijiang International Print Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, China
2014, Ward Thomas prize, National Open Art Competition, UK
2014, Vivian Leigh Bequest Prize, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK
2014, Purchase prize, 16th SPACE International Print Biennial, Seoul, Korea
2016, International Print Triennial, Forum, Sweden
2018, Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London, UK
2019, Artist of the year, Finalist Award, Circle Foundation of the Arts, France

Original works:

Happy Lion

By Emiko Aida

£175

Top Man

By Emiko Aida

£175

Old School

By Emiko Aida

£1250

Swim around Vll

By Emiko Aida

£170

Swim around Vl

By Emiko Aida

£170

Swim around V

By Emiko Aida

£170

Swim around LV

By Emiko Aida

£170

Swim around lll

By Emiko Aida

£170

Swim around ll

By Emiko Aida

£170

Reflexion Il

By Emiko Aida

£230

Reflexion l

By Emiko Aida

£230

Winter River

By Emiko Aida

£940

Night Bloom

By Emiko Aida

£280

Jyakucyu's Rooster

By Emiko Aida

£170

Golden Lion

By Emiko Aida

£170

Requiem

By Emiko Aida

£1080

Fire

By Emiko Aida

£210

Wipe Out

By Emiko Aida

£210

Pram

By Emiko Aida

£130

The Rain Symphony

By Emiko Aida

£285

Divine City

By Emiko Aida

£170

Little Nature

By Emiko Aida

£170

Tokyo Girl

By Emiko Aida

£170

Warm Kitty

By Emiko Aida

£130

Purr Purr Purr

By Emiko Aida

£130

Happy Kitty

By Emiko Aida

£130

Soft Kitty 1

By Emiko Aida

£130

Little Ball of Fur

By Emiko Aida

£130

Winter Big Pot

By Emiko Aida

£170

Koinobori

By Emiko Aida

£170

The Autumn Tea Ceremony

By Emiko Aida

£170

Moon Walker

By Emiko Aida

£170

The Spring Lunch Box

By Emiko Aida

£170

The Harunobus Flower 5

By Emiko Aida

£170

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3 Crows

By Emiko Aida

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Crow Man

By Emiko Aida

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Echo 2

By Emiko Aida

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The Bamboo Lady

By Emiko Aida

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Lost in City

By Emiko Aida

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The Tamed Kong

By Emiko Aida

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Reverie in the Rain

By Emiko Aida

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Jakucyu's Rooster

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Drum Girl

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Sailing

By Emiko Aida

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Red Umbrella

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Cheshire

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Mr. Fuji

By Emiko Aida

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Tintinnabuli - Fusae

By Emiko Aida

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Silent Park

By Emiko Aida

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Swim around l

By Emiko Aida

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