Manika Nagare, ‘Atop (頂)’, 2014, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

In her abstract paintings, Manika Nagare deploys vivid contrasts of light and shade, in a palette that is distinctly her own. As the recipient of a Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs grant in 2002, she served in an internship at the Frank Stella Studio in New York City, where she developed the expressiveness of her line work, as well as her luster and textural variation. Despite her use of layering, Nagare's handling of paint retains a certain translucency. In recent years, she has expanded her artistic practice into collaborations with fashion labels and with public spaces, such as libraries. Her latest solo exhibition opened at the Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, New York, in September 2016.

Signature: Signed on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Miyako Yoshinaga

About Manika Nagare