Ellie Omiya’s work has the energy of life overflowing from the canvas and filling the space. As a creator she has various expressions, and her liberated imagination pushes the possibilities of art without any constraints. This is Omiya’s first exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery, and features her latest work “Fortune flowers” as well as works presented at her exhibition in Towada Art Center as well as works that are being shown for the first time. Flowers, trees, and landscapes such as lakes are depicted vividly through the artist’s emotion, moving the viewer into active experiences beyond the mere act of looking. Omiya also often performs live painting with live music. She says, “My live drawings are stories. They continue and constantly develop.” Arising from a horizon on a canvas, they evoke tangible sensations such as the buzz of particular places; lights, and smells. Because they are direct representations of what is felt by the artist, they invite the viewer to a rich world of artistic resonances. The viewer can experience dense sensations directed toward the outer world.
This is a secret garden. I plan to make this small exhibition like that.
They evoke smells. The paintings are windows. The viewer can see various gardens and flowers from the windows.
Pure senses of plants and flowers. The energy of the sun.
Wind blowing. Please come to a room like that!
And I hope that you will be skipping on the way back. (Ellie Omiya)
Ellie Omiya was born in 1975 in Osaka. She graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. After working at an advertising agency, she achieved popularity for her essays about daily life. Besides her career as a writer, she works as a radio personality as well as a host of TV programs and a writer and a director of stage plays. From 2012, she started holding interactive solo exhibitions in which works are completed by the viewers' participation. She started to paint on the occasion of her live drawing "Celebration Melody: Naoshima" in Ueno in 2012, and continues to explore the medium of painting. She held a solo exhibition “emotional journey” at Daikanyama Hillside Terrace in 2015. In a solo exhibition “Sincerely Yours” at Towada Art Center she exhibited also in the city centre arcade, which received attention. She will hold a solo exhibition “This is forest speaking” from April 22 to June 11 at Kanaz Forest of Creation.