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We are pleased to announce the opening of our new gallery UG Osaka Umeda.

Junko ASANO/Kunihiko NOHARA/Takaoki TAJIMA

Osaka Art & Design 2024

15F Daimaru Umeda Department Store

We are thrilled to announce that gallery UG will be participating in “Osaka Art & Design 2024,” a citywide event in Osaka beginning on Wednesday, May 29.

“Osaka Art & Design 2024” offers visitors a unique experience, allowing them to explore and engage with art and design across various locations throughout Osaka.

In conjunction with the opening of gallery UG Osaka Umeda on the 11th floor of the Daimaru Umeda Department Store in February 2024, we will also be exhibiting on the 15th floor of the same building. This presents an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Osaka.

We can't wait to see you at our booth, as well as at gallery UG Osaka Umeda. We hope you'll join us to celebrate art and design in Osaka!


「gallery UG Exhibition Schedule」

Artists|Junko ASANO, Kunihiko NOHARA, Takayuki TAJIMA
Dates| 2024/05/29 - 2024/06/11
    10:00 - 20:00 (until 17:00 on 6/4 and 6/11)
Venue|Event Hall, 15F Daimaru Umeda Department Store

Rei ITAYA

PHOTO EXHIBITION “RAW”

gallery UG Tennoz

gallery UG Tennoz is excited to announce the Rei ITAYA Photo Exhibition "RAW," running from May 17 (Fri) to June 1 (Sat).

Rei ITAYA brings to life a unique approach to photography by arranging vegetables and other natural subjects, often on her dining room table or during her travels. She uses natural light to capture the essence and presence of her subjects in each photograph. Some images burst with vivid colors, while others portray vegetables with a distinct sense of intention. The resulting compositions are both graceful and vibrant, evoking a subtle tension that captivates viewers.

ITAYA's work suggests that her subjects possess a will of their own, seemingly existing solely for the purpose of being photographed. This impression is further enhanced when viewers notice the titles of her photographs, such as "Carrots in Sesame Oil and Salt, Autumn" and "Beef Stew, Autumn." These titles refer to actual dishes that ITAYA prepared and consumed. The subjects, once living, are transformed into "food" after being photographed, emphasizing the transient nature of their beauty.

As viewers explore the exhibition, they are invited to consider the narrative behind each image. The photographs alone convey a powerful story, but the titles add another layer of meaning, prompting visitors to imagine the journey from ingredient to dish.

ITAYA's photography extends beyond mere visual capture, inviting the viewer's imagination to play a key role in experiencing the artwork. It combines the documentary aspect of photography with artistic expression, blurring the lines between them.

We warmly invite you to visit the gallery and experience Rei ITAYA's captivating work for yourself.


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“When I hear the hum of the processor as the developer works in the dark of my color darkroom, I feel like I'm diving deeper and deeper into the unknown. It's a moment to reflect on a slice of reality, to ponder the speed at which memory and emotion operate, and to contemplate the process of observing and recording.

As I embraced digital photography, my places for reflection expanded beyond the darkroom to the dining room. There, I read extensively, listened to stories, shared meals, and developed strategies to bring my ideas to life. This didn't just happen at home—it followed me on my journeys.

I live this way because there are moments when what's in front of me has such a profound impact that it goes beyond anything I could have anticipated. The drive to understand is compelling, but sometimes what we think we know is challenged, leaving us stunned by the reality.

I remember thinking at the dinner table, 'If I'd been born on a planet hundreds of millions of light-years away, I might have felt drawn to evolution and oceans, eager to explore Earth.' This idea evolved into my art piece.

Similarly, the notion that 'Creatures eat other creatures, and water, though it seems tangible, isn't' might be a key point if I were compiling a report on Earth's exploration.”


Rei ITAYA


Venue photographer: Shunsuke Mizukami

Ryosuke KAWAHIRA

Good Night My Friends

gallery UG Osaka Umeda

We are pleased to announce “Good Night My Friends”, Ryosuke KAWAHIRA’s first solo exhibition at gallery UG Osaka Umeda, held from May 15 to June 4, 2024.


Ryosuke KAWAHIRA, who has been one of the gallery’s exclusive artists, was selected from the 2019 UG Project “KONSHIN-TEN”, which is a part of our activities to discover and nurture young artists for around 20 years now.
Recently, he has been making his mark in various places through his remarkable activities, including a solo show at Ginza Tsutaya, a group exhibition in Macau, a solo exhibition at gallery UG Tennoz, and participating in Art Fair Tokyo.

KAWAHIRA transferred the traumas from his imaginative childhood into unique works of art. Using actual briefs as canvas, he depicts the nightmares he had and the ghosts and monsters he imagined.
It seems to be an atonement for the fact that he wet his briefs when he was a child because he could not go to the bathroom in time.

In recent years, he has begun to work more on canvas, and the brief that used to be his material to paint on, has appeared as a hero in his paintings. As his child was born and grew up, the characters overlapped with his own childhood memories and came to be projected more vividly.
At the same time, his work, composed of clear, bold outlines and simple, vividly colored backgrounds, and further comicalized, contains elements of Superflat which has been gaining attention in the contemporary Japanese art scene.


"I wonder where the ghosts and monsters I met in my dreams when I was a child have gone.
As I grew older, my dreams began to become more real, I stopped having nightmares, I don't wear briefs anymore, and I no longer wet the bed.
The battle of bedwetting came to an end, and peace at last...
'Good Night' is a signal for them to fight.
I am sure that in someone's dreams, the bed-wetting battle may still be raging."

Ryosuke KAWAHIRA

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We will grow together with the artists and support them from production to promotion.
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  • wonderin'
    38.7×16×16cm
    FRP
    2024

    Baby briefs
    SSM (22.7×22.7cm)
    Aclylic on canvas
    2022

    Searchlight
    F12 (60.6×50cm)
    Aclylic on canvas
    2022

    Game Over
    F12 (60.6×50cm)
    aclylic on canvas
    2022

    Blast hell out of
    F30(72.7×91cm)
    aclylic on canvas
    2022

    Psychokinetic Travel
    S50 (116.7×116.7cm)
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2023

    Flower room
    S50 (116.7×116.7cm)
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2023

    The Night Parade of Coffee Shop
    F30 (91×72.7cm)
    Oil on canvas.
    2024

    flying biscuit
    F30 (91×72.7cm)
    Oil on canvas.
    2023

    Moya Moya Emission Association - Group 1 (left) Group 2 (right)
    F30 (91×72.7cm)
    Acrylic paints, wooden panels.
    2023

    In the telephone room
    S50 (116.7×116.7cm)
    acrylic paint on canvas
    2023

    Somewhere Connect
    F100 (162×130.3cm)
    acrylic paint on canvas
    2023

    Playing at building additions
    80×40×40 cm
    Acrylic, wood, Jesmonite.
    2024

    potentiality inspection team
    F30(72.7 × 91) cm
    Oil on canvas
    2023

    Two hearts
    96.1×96.1×1cm
    Lenticular
    2023

    SHY BOY
    53×45.5×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2023

    COOL BOY
    53×45.5×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2023

    ghost fishing
    72.7×91×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2023

    Do not touch
    72.7×91×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2023

    Like an octopus, like an alien
    130.3×97×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2022

    Caught you off guard
    130.3×162×3cm
    aclylic on canvas
    2023

    void (No.102)
    162×130.3×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    void (No.99)
    130.3×162×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    void (No.106)
    45.5×45.5×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    void (No.107)
    45.5×45.5×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    void (No.108)
    45.5×45.5×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    one view (No.91)
    162×194×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    one view (No.96)
    116.7×91×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    one view (No.89)
    91×60.6×3cm
    aclylic on panel, lacquer
    2023

    Untitle
    145×145×1cm
    acrylic on canvas
    2023

    So Far Away From Home
    162×130×1cm
    acrylic on canvas
    2023

    Lone Squid and Cub-5
    90×40.5×33cm
    FRP
    2023

    It’s Too Late (She’s Gone)Edition50
    22×11.3×10.8cm
    FRP
    2023

    Octopus tearing a bun into two pieces Edition50
    22×11.5×11.5cm
    FRP
    2023

    Oops 1
    46×61×1cm
    Ink on watercolour paper
    2023

    Drawing202301-70
    41.6×29.3×1cm
    pen,transparent watercolor on paper
    2023

    Black mountain side
    51×36×1cm
    Watercolor, colored pencil on watercolor paper
    2023

    She’s Gone Too Long
    51×36×1cm
    Watercolor, colored pencil on watercolor paper
    2023

    Here It is Right Here
    45.5×38×1cm
    Watercolor, colored pencil on watercolor paper
    2023

    「Rock My Plimsoul 」I've Got a Feeling
    61×46×1cm
    pastel on watercolor paper
    2023

    「Rock My Plimsoul 」We're Gonna Groove
    61×46×1cm
    pastel on watercolor paper
    2023

    「Rock My Plimsoul 」Walking The Dog
    61×46×1cm
    pastel on watercolor paper
    2023

    「Rock My Plimsoul 」Up on Cripple Creek
    61×46×1cm
    pastel on watercolor paper
    2023

    「Rock My Plimsoul 」Young Man Blues
    61×46×1cm
    pastel on watercolor paper
    2023

    The music’s over
    51×36cm
    Watercolor,colored pencil on watercolor paper
    2023

    Tea Time and Lion Dance
    35×33.5×25cm
    FRP
    2023

    Mask Renjishi (Red)
    28.5×12.5×14.5cm
    FRP
    2023

    Mask Renjishi (white)
    28.5×12.5×14.5cm
    FRP
    2024

    Matcha
    36×40.5×40.5cm
    FRP
    2023

    Mask B
    19.2×9.4×9cm
    camphor,acrylic
    2023

    Mask Z
    20.1×9×9.4 cm
    camphor,acrylic
    2023

    Carp flower
    31×28×15.3 cm
    camphor,ink,acrylic,brass bars
    2023

    Star (Black)
    70×59.6cm (Sheet size)
    Special Silkscreen
    2022

    Star (Pink)
    70×59.6cm (Sheet size)
    Special Silkscreen
    2022

    Omelet cloak Big
    140×50×53cm
    FRP
    2021

    Build a mimawashi mountain
    115×61×64 cm
    camphor,acrylic
    2023

    one view
    45×60 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    one view
    60×45 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    one view
    91×70 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    おむすび紳士
    89×30×34 cm
    ceramic
    2021

    エビフリャーガール
    101.5×35×75 cm
    ceramic
    2014

    ⽜乳を注ぐパンダ
    25.7×15.8×12cm
    Acrylic paint on camphor
    2022

    That's that
    162×112 cm
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2022

    Silent weekend
    145.5×145.5 cm
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2022

    White room
    145.5×145.5 cm
    キャンバスにアクリル絵具
    2021


    145.5×71×66 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint
    2022


    117.5×85×74 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint
    2020

    PARTY
    203x76x80 cm
    camphor, acrylic paint
    2018

    ウサチーノ
    25×15.5×15.5 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint
    2022

    pudding Christmas version
    13×15×16 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint.
    2021

    one view
    91×91 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    one view
    162×130.3 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    饅頭を二つに割る熊
    32×17.5×12.5 cm
    acrylic on camphor tree
    2021

    イカピエタ 海パン
    36×22.5×20.5 cm
    acrylic on camphor tree
    2020

    仲良し3人組
    L:17×9×9 cm, C:15×9×9 cm, R:16×9×6 cm
    acrylic on hiba tree
    2020

    Starry sky pudding and snow Edition18
    24×32 cm
    woodprint
    2019

    Picnicbus Edition18
    28×34 cm
    wood print
    2021

    遠足のススメ
    53×45.5 cm
    Acrylic paint
    2021

    ときめき回転ランド
    33.3×24.2 cm
    Acrylic paint
    2019

    Belle epoque ~along with fragrance of café au lait~
    103×72.8 cm
    Acrylic paint
    2020

    日の出ラヂオ
    130.3×97 cm
    acrylic,paper,string,waste material on panel
    2020

    Omelet Mantle Edition92
    47×13.5×13.5 cm
    FRP
    2020

    Omlet Mantle Edition92
    47×13.5×13.5 cm
    FRP
    2020

    Omlet Mantle Edition92
    47×13.5×13.5 cm
    FRP
    2020

    Omlet Mantle Edition92
    47×13.5×13.5 cm
    FRP
    2020

    BEAR
    5.5×6.6×6.6 cm
    jesmonite
    2020

    FROG
    4.5×6.5×6.5 cm
    jesmonite
    2020

    SWIMMER
    5×6.5×7 cm
    jesmonite
    2020

    Cappuccino Bear Edition48
    41.3×30×3 cm
    Digital lithography
    20

    one view
    80.3×100 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    91×72.7 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    100×80.3 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    112×162 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    194×260.6 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021
  • one view
    91×60 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2022

    Good friends trio
    14.5×9×11 cm / 15×7.5×11 cm / 14.7×7.5×11 cm
    Acrylic paint on camphor
    2022

    Good brothers
    14.8×7×8.5cm / 15.3×7.5×9cm
    Acrylic paint on camphor
    2022

    牛乳を注ぐクマ Edition50
    25.7×15.8×12 cm
    FRP
    2022

    Not dark yet
    145.5×145.5 cm
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2022

    Shine a Light
    130.3×130.3 cm
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2022

    Do me a favor
    145.5×145.5 cm
    Acrylic paint on canvas
    2022

    Dandelion and Puffball
    237×65×90cm / 134.5×69.5×60 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint
    2020 / 2021

    Shopping
    184.5×62.5×63 cm
    camphor, acrylic paint
    2017

    Tropical blend
    198×80×68 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint, stain, colored pencil
    2016

    Matcha Bonsai Spring
    34.5×40.8×27 cm
    camphor, acrylic paint.
    2021

    Matcha Bonsai Summer
    52.5×38.5 ×29.5 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint.
    2021

    Matcha Bonsai Autumn
    37×42.5 ×27 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint, stain, colored pencil
    2021

    Matcha Bonsai Winter
    34.5×42 ×27 cm
    Camphor, acrylic paint
    2021

    Spring
    174.4×71.2×70.2 cm
    camphor, acrylic paint, stain, colored pencil
    2015

    one view
    91×116.7 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2020

    one view
    91×91 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    91×91 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

    one view
    103×72.7 cm
    acrylic,lacquer on panel
    2021

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gallery UG Tennoz

2F TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ, 1-32-8, Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

8 minutes walk from Tennozu Isle Station on the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line(Exit B)
11 minutes walk from Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line Tennozu Isle Station(Central Exit)

Open:
Tuesday - Saturday:11:30am-6:30pm
Regular holiday:
Sundays and Mondays
TEL : 03-6260-0886 FAX : 03-6260-0889

gallery UG Osaka Umeda

11F Daimaru Umeda Department Store
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka

From JR Osaka Station from 1-minute walk/JR Kita-Shinchi Station a 6-minute walk
From Midosuji Line Umeda Station from 2-minute walk/Tanimachi Line Higashi-Umeda Station from 8-minute walk/Yotsubashi Line Nishi-Umeda Station a 4-minute walk
From Hankyu Umeda Station from 13-minute walk/Hanshin Umeda Station a 12-minute walk

Open:
10:00-20:00
Regular holiday:
Hours and holidays follow those of Daimaru Umeda.
TEL : 06-6343-1231 (Main) FAX : -

gallery UG Bakurocho

1F, B1F,1-14-11, Higashikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

1 minute walk from JR Sobu Rapid Line Bakurocho Station(Exit 4)
8 minute walk from Kodenmacho Station on the Hibiya Line

Open:
11 : 00-18 : 00
Regular holiday:
Irregular holidays
TEL : 03-5823-7655 FAX : 03-5823-7656

Studio MOKU

This is a production studio for exclusive artists of gallery UG, which will open in 2020. It was built to approach and support artists from a long-term perspective.