Muu Nanahoshi : Stars Power

 

Muu Nanahoshi
Stars Power

Public Open:
11 Jun - 21 Jul 2021
11:00 - 19:00 Mon - Sat
11:00 - 17:00 Sun & holiday

Venue :
Shops 218-219, 2/F, Landmark Atrium,
15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
香港中環皇后大道中15號置地廣塲中庭2樓218-219號舖

 

JPS Gallery is pleased to present Stars Power, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Muu Nanahoshi at the Hong Kong gallery in LANDMARK ATRIUM. The exhibition marks the artist’s first showing in the city. This body of work including paintings, works on cardboard and original wooden sculptures, stemmed from Muu’s self-discovery and creative imagination, exploring the interspace between reality and the world of fantasy she visits in her dreams.

For the first time, Muu presents her whimsical characters in a form of both traditional Japanese dolls, kokeshi (こけし), and Russian nesting dolls, matryoshka. The wooden sculptures are a three-dimensional extension to Muu’s paintings, bringing her vibrant colors and original characters into the classical Japanese and European style dolls. The exclusive dolls are handcrafted by professional Russian craftsmen which were then hand-finished by the artist herself. Each unique doll is paired with its corresponding work on cardboard. The work sets beautifully reflect Muu’s playful oeuvre and her diversity as an artist.

With her innovative painterly technique, Muu continues to challenge conventional canvas works with her three-dimensional technique. Presented group of works inherent the paradisiacal and idyllic aesthetic as Muu's fantastical characters continue their journey in travel of her dreamscapes. Crossing between Muu's reality and her fantasy worlds, Rinkle is seen visiting landmarks like Mount Fuji in Rinkle "Ichigone & Mt. Fuji” (2021), exploring boundaries of the two dimensions.

In the emotionally and visually charged paintings, Muu transforms her profound and personal anecdotes into universal narratives through the eyes of her characters. Her works encourage the audience to explore their interpersonal relationships and show greater awareness of their environment.

 



MUU NANAHOSHI

Japan | B. 1979

Muu’s paintings present a world that transcends time and reality. Inspired by the country sceneries of her childhood – houses, trees, stones, flower, moon and stars. She creates a picturesque fantasy world that blurred the boundaries of reality on her canvases. With a vibrant color palette, and her signature dreamy motifs of Strawberry Goldfish, Daifukumochis, the moon and ocean, as well as the interesting three-dimensional technique, Muu’s works brought a unique angle in the exploration of being, dreams and reality.

Since childhood, Muu absorbs herself in painting with her fingers, stones and wood chips. Everyday, she had dreams as magnificent as movies in which characters and universes emerged out of her unconscious where there were no boundaries between reality and dreams. Her works contemplate upon dreams, ideals and realities as well as the concept of past, present and future, mingled with her inner hardships, joys and sorrows, she paints the world, while letting it generate through her original filter.

Born in Japan. Before becoming a professional artist, Muu worked as art director in one of the biggest advertising agencies in Japan. In her most recent project, ‘Rinkle’, she explores the themes of nature and the cosmos. Her lively characters travel through different natural environments on earth and the universe, making us wonder about our existence and the origin of everything beings around us. Muu won numerous artist prizes including, Jury Special Prize at the Selected Artists Exhibition in 2017; Gold Prize at the Heart Art in Lisbon in 2016; Chairman Award at the Selected Artists Exhibition, Tokyo in 2016. The artist now lives and works in Tokyo.

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