[Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore] The solo exhibition “In the Forest of Humans” by Kayafu Onishi, who won the 24th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, will be held from Saturday, July 16th. In addition to the award-winning work “Requicoros” (core part), new works are also on display.

Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore (GINZA SIX6F, Chuo-ku, Tokyo) will hold a solo exhibition of Kayafu Onishi "In the Forest of Humans" from Saturday, July 16th to Wednesday, July 27th. In the first half of the session, "Requicoros" (core part), which won the "24th Taro Okamoto Award", which is the grand prize of the Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, will be exhibited. I will do it.

Group work "Love of the Forest" Left "Part1-Eros-" Right "Part2-Thanatos-"


At the Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award (commonly known as the "TARO Award"), which inherits the wishes of Taro Okamoto and honors the next generation of artists, in 2020, at the youngest age of 18 in history, he won the grand prize "24th Taro Okamoto Award". The award-winning Kayafu Onishi. An installation consisting of a total of 60 paintings entitled "Requiem", a coined word that combines "Requiem" and "Coronavirus", was announced and attracted attention.

In this exhibition, we will introduce the main exhibition divided into the first and second half of the exhibition period, focusing on the works drawn in the last six months while attending Tokyo University of the Arts. In the first half of the session, the core part of Taro Okamoto's award-winning work "Requicoros", and from Thursday, July 21 in the second half, a new group work "Today's" with the meaning of a tribute to Taro Okamoto's work "Myth of Tomorrow". "Myth" "Daytime painting" and "Night painting" are exhibited. "Paradise full of truth, goodness, and beauty" with a unique interpretation in "picture of the day", and life and soul are tossed around a huge weapon as the opposite world in "picture of the night". The figure is drawn, and when viewed as a group work, Taro Okamoto's Tower of the Sun is drawn as an existence that penetrates "day" and "night".

Another highlight of the latter half is "Part 1-Eros-" and "Part 2-Thanatos-" of the group work "Love of the Forest". Suspended from the ceiling in the center of the venue, we will reproduce the first appearance exhibited in the forest of Tokyo University of the Arts. By looking at the work from "Requicoros" as a high school student in Osaka to the latest work "Love in the Forest" as a student at Tokyo University of the Arts, the author says, "I came to Tokyo from Osaka and my style has changed considerably." You can also appreciate the transition of the style of painting.

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"Daytime picture" "Night picture" from "Today's myth"

"Forest of people"

・ Artist statement

Professor Masato Kobayashi of my university often mentions the word "art of this star". When I say this word myself, I feel that my existence has a little roots on this star / earth.

At the seminar of Professor Kobayashi the other day, I submitted a group work called "Forest Love". At Tokyo University of the Arts, there is a dense "forest" of old trees, although it is not large. I can't make a big thing like "the art of this star" yet, but I wanted to make something that could be called "a painting of this forest". On the day of submission, it was a cloudy day in the rainy season, but I exhibited the paintings in the forest of the university and had my teachers and friends see them. For me, it was a moment when I felt that my work had come to life because of the spirit of the forest and the vitality of the people at the university.

This time, I strongly feel the joy of exhibiting my work while being surrounded by countless books in the middle of Ginza, where human energy is concentrated. I hope my work will become the art of this city, the art of Tokyo, and one day it will grow into "the art of this star".

Onishi Kayafu

・ About selling works

Some of the exhibited works will be on sale from 12:00 on Saturday, July 16th, 2022 at the storefront of Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore and the online marketplace of art "OIL by Bijutsu Techo".

* Depending on the pre-sales situation, the work may be discontinued before the start of the exhibition.
OIL by Art Notebook https://oil.bijutsutecho.com/gallery/730

・ Artist profile

Onishi Kayafu

Onishi Chifu

2003 Born in Osaka
2021 Entered Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Department of Oil Painting

Award history
2015 Selected for an independent exhibition at the youngest in history (6th grade of elementary school)
2021 Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, the youngest in history (3rd year of high school) Taro Okamoto Award (Grand Prize)

Solo exhibition
2021 "Requicoros gravel" Lumparumba (Kanazawa)
2021 "How Was Chifu Made?" Bohemians Guild, Bunpodo Gallery (Tokyo)
2022 Art Fair Tokyo, Bohemian's Guild Exhibit
2022 Taro Okamoto Memorial Hall, special exhibition of new works by award-winning artists

・ Exhibition information

Onishi Kayafu Solo Exhibition "In the Forest of Humans"

Period | Saturday, July 16, 2022-Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Hours | 11: 00-20: 00 * Closed at 18:00 on the last day of the session | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore GINZA ATRIUM (Event Space)
Admission | Free sponsorship | Ginza Tsutaya Bookstore cooperation | Bohemian's Guild Inquiries | 03-3575-7755 (during business hours) /info.ginza@ccc.co.jp

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