Biograhy

Since ancient times, Japan has intertwined the use of wood throughout its society, and images of Shinto deities and Buddhist figures have likewise been expressed in a variety of ways which have also evolved from era to era.
The Buddhist sculptors (busshi) who created those images did so in accordance with the locations and faiths in which the deities and figures were enshrined, whether that be in a human form or in a non-representational form. Born as the 5th generation descendent of a family of sculptors who have maintained a lineage of Buddhist sculptors, Takaoki TAJIMA grew up surrounded by sculptures of Shinto deities and Buddhist figures from all ages.
To TAJIMA, the ability to produce artwork in a diverse range of styles is second nature. While others may perceive great differences between a proportional statue of a woman and a cute non-representational statue, he perceives both as embodying a type of presence that is invisible to the naked eye.
While the gaze of the statue of the proportional woman seems strong but unfocused, and gives the viewer the impression of a merciful presence not unlike that of Samantabhadra, the non-representational statue provides the viewer with the impression of a presence similar to that of the ubiquitous gods in the Shinto belief system, a concept with which Japanese viewers are quite familiar.
These presences—invisible, beyond description and unknown—are universal, regardless of the era, and should continue to be heeded irrespective of the pressures of modern society.

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1973 Born in Chiba Prefecture
2000 Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Department of Sculpture

■Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 ""RUBATO"" - gallery UG Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
2020 "Flower, Storm, and Sculpture" - The Nippon Club, New York
2019 "Why did he carve this? - Daikanyama Tsutaya, Tokyo, Japan
2018 "Flowers, Storms and Sculpture" - Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
2014 "Longing for Sculpture" - GALLERIE SOL, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Solo Exhibition - Gallery OPPO, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Solo Exhibition - Art Gallery Omon Matento, Toride, Japan
2008 Solo Exhibition - Funabashi Andersen Park Children's Museum, Chiba, Japan
2005 Solo Exhibition - Gallery Okabe, Tokyo, Japan

■Major Group Exhibitions

2020 ""KIRINJI 2020"" - gallery UG Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
2020 ""laissez-faire"" - gallery UG Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
2020 "Ame no Chichi Harare no Hi" ART colors Vol.33 Summer Exhibition - Park Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2020 Palm Exhibition - Daimaru Sapporo, Sapporo, Japan
2020 ""Spring has come-"" ART colors Vol. 32 Spring Exhibition - Park Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2020 "WOOD SCULPTURE" - gallery UG Bakurocho, Tokyo, Japan
2020 VOLTA NEW YORK - The Metropolitan West, New York
2020 ONE ART TAIPEI - The Sherwood Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 Palm Exhibition - gallery UG, Tokyo
2018 New Work Exhibition - The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Bird Love Watch - RISE GALLERY DESIGN STORE, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Sculpture Animal Park - Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Walking Association Sculpture Exhibition - Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2018 Art Festival in Morinomiyako - Mitsukoshi Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
2018 Three-Dimensional to Two-Dimensional Exhibition - GALERIE SOL, Ginza, Tokyo
2017 Happy New Year Exhibition of Chinese Zodiac Sculptures - Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Year End Exhibition Of Mini Sculptures - Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo
2017 New Work Exhibition - The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Mitsukoshi Art Cube - Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Walking Association Sculpture Exhibition - Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2017 Sculpture Animal Park - Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Nakameguro Art Cherry Blossom Viewing Party "Sakura Pink" - MDP GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2017 New Work Exhibition Awarded Artist Exhibition - Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo
2016 Year End Exhibition Of Mini Sculptures - Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo
2016 Art Of Giving Exhibition - MDP GALLERY, Tokyo
2016 4Artists Exhibition "Sculpture - People, Animals, Plants" - Art Gallery Gekkeju, Saitama, Japan
2016 New Work Exhibition - New Artist Award
2016 The 44th Ayukai Sculpture Exhibition - Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2015 Year End Exhibition Of Mini Sculptures - Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo
2015 New Work Exhibition - The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Minuscule Exhibition - GALERIE SOL, Ginza, Tokyo
2015 UTSUWA Exhibition - GALERIE SOL, Ginza, Tokyo
2015 New Works Exhibition by Awarded Artists - Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo

■Awards

2017 Recommended as a member of Shinseisaku Kyokai
2016 Shinseisaku Exhibition, New Artist Award
2014 New Creation Exhibition, New Artist Award

Artworks

Bear
F50 91×116.7
Acrylic on canvas
2021

Acrylic on canvas
F80 112×145.5
アクリル絵具 キャンバス
2021

(日本語) 饅頭を二つに割る熊
32×17.5×12.5
acrylic on camphor tree
2021

(日本語) イカピエタ(海パン)
36×22.5×20.5
acrylic on camphor tree
2020

speak low
120×60×45
acrylic on camphor tree
2014

Left alone
120×60×45
acrylic on camphor tree
2015

Forgetful
113×56×32
acrylic on camphor tree
2016

Almost Blue
117.5×62×38
acrylic on camphor tree
2017

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