UPCOMING EVENT: MADE IN JAPAN TABLEWARE – Japanese ceramics for everyday use!

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【6th -28th March 2020】 After their first successful pop up in London, in July 2019, Made in Japan is back with even more beautiful and affordable ceramics, seldom seen outside of Japan. Made in Japan is proud to present their wide range of tableware, from dining and serving plates to glassware and cups, all at the best possible price! Just like last year, the ranges available to view, and purchase, at this event will showcase the best of restaurant quality Japanese tableware for professional and home use. About Made In Japan Made In Japan (MIJ) tableware brings high-quality tableware and homeware directly from Japan. The kilns and products they produce are … Read More

UPCOMING EVENT: The creation of modern kimono – Kimono Magic Society pop up at Sway Gallery London.

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【29th February to 4th March 2020】 SPECIAL EVENTS:KIMONO DRESSING EXPERIENCESATURDAY 29th FEBRUARY: 13:00-16:00SUNDAY 1st MARCH: 13:00-16:00Try on a real kimono! (15-30 MINUTES) £12 PER PERSON – paid on the day. Walk in welcome – first come first, served basis; please choose and book your preferable time to avoid disappointment (13:00; 13:20; 13:40; 14:00; 14:20; 14:40; 15:00; 15:20; 15:40)Please book your preferable day and time through rumixdesign@gmail.com (add SWAY KIMONO in the subject line) SATURDAY 29th FEBRUARYLIVE PAINTING PERFORMANCE: 15:00 – 17:00 SUNDAY 1st MarchKIMONO FASHION SHOW with CELLO PERFORMANCE 16:30Followed by Drink Reception until 18:00(no booking required – due to the capacity of the venue, please ensure to arrive early … Read More

CURRENT EXHIBITION: The Tale of Genji – KIRIE art exhibition by Hobo Komiyama

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[3rd – 28th February 2020] Final day 28th Feb – exhibition open until 16:00 Hobo Komiyama was born in 1946 in Tokyo, Japan. While studying at Musashino Art University, Hobo became a scenography design researcher for a theatre company. After graduating from the university, he began his career as a kimono dye colorist and illustrator. Finally in 1975, he has begun his career as a papercutting artist and is active until today, with multiple successful publications and exhibitions in, as well as outside of, Japan. The main theme of this solo exhibition is scenes from The Tale of Genji, which is a classical work written during the early years of … Read More

PAST EVENT: 𝐉𝐀𝐏𝐀𝐍𝐄𝐒𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐒 – 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐌𝐀𝐒 𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐊𝐄𝐓 𝐀𝐓 𝐒𝐖𝐀𝐘 𝐆𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐑𝐘 𝐋𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐎𝐍

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【2nd – 20th December 2019】 Join us this December for Christmas shopping and celebration at Sway Gallery London! Browse through a wide variety of jewellery, accessories and ceramics,as well as artworks, all carefully handcrafted by Japanese artists. Some of the pieces cannot be found anywhere outside of Japan! A selection Japanese tea and sake, homewares and vintage kimonos, as well as cute and funny stocking fillers, all available through December at Sway Gallery! Look out for the flyers from the event, if you fancy a free tin of genuine matcha green tea! (more details on the flyer) SWAY GALLERY OPENING TIMES:Mon-Fri 11:00 -19:00Saturday: 12:00-18:00Sunday: closed FREE ENTRY 🙂

PAST EXHIBITION: Portrait of Nature Vol.2 – Myriads of Gods – Nobuyuki Kobayashi Photography Exhibition

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[15th -29th November 2019] PRIVATE VIEW: 14th November 2019 Thu 18:00-20:00 RSVP: EVENTBRITE After the successful solo exhibition in the UK (March 2017), Nobuyuki Kobayashi reintroduces the Japanese sense of beauty and the connection to nature through the brand new series of photography masterpieces. He interprets the philosophy of Shintoism, which conveys a belief that gods dwell in all of the existing things – rocks, trees, mountains. Explaining the Japanese sense of beauty and the close and almost intimate connection to nature, he attempts to answer if such relationship still exists in the modern age.    Nobuyuki Kobayashi A Japanese photographer who creates unique platinum palladium photography prints of nature, … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: BEYOND VAGUENESS – Aesthetics of Japan – A group exhibition of unique and creative Japanese artists, curated by Artrates

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【24th – 29th October 2019】 LATE OPENING: 24th October Thu 18:00-20:00RSVP: EventbriteSPECIAL OPENING: 26th October Sat 12:00-18:00 The Japanese are sometimes said to be vague. “Read the air” a phrase they often use, which means to be able to understand the situation without words. Communicating subtleties of mood is part of Japanese custom, and you can even see this in their literature and art. There are many Japanese artists who feel uncomfortable with clearly expressing themselves with words, which is a contrast to Western culture. The attitude that accepts the ambiguity and its status is associated with Zen Buddhism; to accept things as it is and to observe them with … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Kintsugi – All That is Broken is Not Lost by Reiko Kaneko

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【4th – 21st October 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: 3rd October Thu 18:00-20:00 RSVP: Eventbrite SPECIAL OPENING: 5th October Sat 12:00-18:00 *𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞!*You can have your own broken pottery repaired by the acclaimed, Stoke-on-Trent based Japanese artist, Reiko Kaneko! 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥 𝐮𝐬 (𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨@𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐲-𝐠𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲.𝐜𝐨𝐦) 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬, 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬; 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬, for quicker quotation. In this exhibition Reiko Kaneko presents an exploration of kintsugi and of imperfection. The practice of ceramics provide ample opportunities to examine breakages  and keep the mind open to its beauty. The world is not made up of perfect squares and circles but are instead pitted, broken and … Read More

PAST EVENT: INTO THE CITY OF NARA, ROOTS OF JAPAN – Pop Up at Sway Gallery’s Concept Store

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INTO THE CITY OF NARA, ROOTS OF JAPAN – Pop Up at Sway Gallery London WHERE: Sway Gallery’s Concept StoreDATES: 30th September – 11th October 2019 From the birthplace of Japanese history and culture “Nara”, traditional and modern goods produced by 17 local manufactures will be showcased at Sway Gallery London from 30th September to 11th October 2019! Nara was the capital of Japan 1,300 years ago, and it still preserves its history, while continuing to thrive within the industry of the modern age. It is a city that preserves some of Japan’s most treasured cultures and crafts. For the first time, Nara Prefecture’s statue of Buddha, a national treasure … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese Prints and Kawaii Cat Crafts Sales Exhibition

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【 6th September – 27th September 2019 】 SPECIAL OPENING: 7th and 21st September, 12:00-18:00 Sway Gallery London is proud to present an exciting, 100 purrcent cat-themed pop-up, introducing over 200 items, including collectables, kawaii crafts and folk toys, artworks, as well as Japanese woodblock prints! The event is a collaboration between Manami Okazaki, Japanese culture maven and author of Land of the Rising Cat: Japan’s Feline Fascination, which will be released and sold on the opening night, and Tiger Tanuki, Japanese art dealer and curator. Manami introduces a unique selection of traditional folk crafts from across Japan, ranging from wooden kokeshi dolls to porcelain manekineko (lucky cats). Tiger Tanuki … Read More

PAST EVENT: Book Launch Event: Land of the Rising Cat by Manami Okazaki

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【5th September 2019 18:00-20:00】 BOOK LAUNCH EVENT & EXHIBITION PRIVATE VIEW: 5th September 2019 18:00-20:00 (RSVP only due to the limited space; info@sway-gallery.com) PLEASE KINDLY NOTE: due to the popularity of the event only confirmed RSVP emails guarantee the participation in the Book Launch & Exhibition Private View Event. This is an introductory event and Private View to the Land of the Rising Cat – Japanese prints and Kawaii Cat Craft Sales Exhibition, which starts on the 6th September 2019 and ends on the 27th September 2019. Sway Gallery is proud to host the book launch and signing event, as part of a three-week cat-themed sales exhibition including works by … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Lost in Transition by Vanessa Milito Rodriguez

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【2nd – 28th August 2019】 OPENING RECEPTION: 1 August Thu 18:00-20:00 RSVP: EVENTBRITE SPECIAL OPENING: 3 August Sat 12:00-18:00 VMR – Vanessa Milito Rodriguez – is an Italian-Colombian artist born in Milan, Italy. She has become fascinated with the traditional Japanese tattoos, Irezumi, which then led her to the discovery of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints. In 2016 she moved to Paris, France, where her love for Ukiyo-e and Japanese culture has grown even further as Paris is the birthplace of the ’Japonisme’ art movement. The title ‘Lost in Transition’ is inspired by Sofia Coppola’s movie ‘Lost in Translation’. The preparation for the exhibition took place in France, as well as during … Read More

PAST EVENT: Japanese Summer Celebration through art, music and sake

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[Saturday 3rd August 2019] Live Painting: 12:30 – 13:30Artist Talk: 13:30 -14:00 This Saturday we are taking you to Japan through the marvelous artworks created by the talented young artist, Vanessa Milito Rodriguez ( VMR art ). She has just come back from Japan, where she had been finishing the newest addition to the exhibition – woodblock prints! Do not miss her Live Painting Performance and the Artist Talk! Not only will you be able to see Japan through artworks, but also hear and even taste it! Through the carefully selected musical background, we are taking you to the lively streets of Shinjuku, hustling Tokyo stations, as well as calmer … Read More

PAST EVENT: Japanese tableware pop-up by MADE IN JAPAN TABLEWARE at Sway Gallery

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【19th – 30th July 2019】 OPENING RECEPTION: 19 July 2019, 18:00-20:00 (STRICTLY INVITATION ONLY; please contact MADE IN JAPAN if you wish to attend, including your details and profession) SATURDAY OPENING: 20th July 12:00-18:00 LATE OPENING: Thursday 25th July 11:00-20:00   For the first time Made In Japan (MIJ) tableware will be coming to London to introduce their Japanese collections, ranging from Dining plates, Serving platters and Ramen bowls to Glassware, Cups and sauce dishes for affordable price! Made In Japan tableware is seldom seen outside Japan and they are proud to bring their products to you at the best possible prices – ceramics starting from £6! The ranges available to view, … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: 日本の陶芸家 三人展 – AN EXHIBITION OF THREE POTTERS

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【9 July – 17 July 2019】 LAUNCH EVENT: Tuesday 9 July 6-8pm CURATOR’S TALK: Wednesday 10 July at 6:30pm RSVP REQUIRED: info@jenniferlaurengallery.com This exhibition includes over twenty-five highly individual works taken directly from the artist’s studios in northern and southern Japan alongside photographs of the artists at work, and the studios where they create. Often placed under the label of outsider art, this exhibition asks the audience to look at these artist’s ceramics as contemporary works, to be judged on their aesthetic quality. At 37, Shinichi Sawada is one of the most recognised art brut artists from Japan. His work was recently featured in New York at Frieze Art Fair on a unique project … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Fading into Shapes and Patterns by Yasunobu Shidami

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【12th June – 27th June 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 12th June 18:00-20:00 RSVP: https://bit.ly/2VGXdS3 This exhibition is inspired by traditional Japanese designs seen in historical artefacts. In a simple yet effective way, the shapes and patterns are used to convey the hidden meaning. The images are not meant to be realistic and may not use lifelike colours. The artist has taken shapes and patterns from nature and harmonised them with a figure, in the tradition of the old masters, but with his own unique approach. His new series has seen a shift in direction, introducing shapes and patterns alongside the human form. ARTIST PROFILE: Yasunobu Shidami is a Japanese painter … Read More

PAST EVENT: ‘Japanese Should to English Could?’ – Sansho Living x Aoyama Flower Market Pop Up at Sway Gallery

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【3rd June – 7th June 2019】 GALLERY TALK ‘’The Beauty of Imperfection’’: Thursday 6th June at 19:00 RSVP: https://bit.ly/2GacfVV CLASSES DATES: Monday 3rd June 11am- Bonkei Class Tuesday 4th June 6pm – Vase Arranging Class Wednesday 5th June 6pm – Bonkei Class (fully booked) Friday 7th June 11am – Vase Arranging Class For more details and to reserve space at the classes, visit https://sansho.com/events.html Sansho Living is proud to showcase unique and beautiful Japanese ceramics and homeware, including flower vases, fruit bowls and lampshades all suitable for everyday, western lifestyle. On Thursday, 6th June 2019, Sansho Living will lead a seminar The Beauty of Imperfection to introduce the participants to the philosophy of traditional Japanese … Read More

PAST EVENT: Feel the Heart of Japanese Kitchen Utensils: KAMA-ASA Pop-up shop at Sway Gallery London

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【13th May – 25th May 2019】 OPENING RECEPTION: 13th May 2019, 18:00-20:00 (STRICTLY INVITATION ONLY; please contact us on info@sway-gallery.com if you wish to attend, including your details and profession) *SOLD OUT* KNIFE SHARPENING CLASS at SWAY GALLERY LONDON Booking essential, limited availability (max 4 people in a group) Fee: £20; please contact KAMA-ASA (contact@kama-asa.fr) to book Class dates: 20th May (MON) 17:30 22nd  May (WED)17:30 24th May (FRI) 17:30 *Please note the demo knives for sharpening will be provided and you cannot bring your own knife for sharpening *ONLY A COUPLE OF SPACES LEFT* KNIFE SEMINAR Limited space; advanced booking essential; please contact KAMA-ASA (contact@kama-asa.fr) to book Seminar dates: 21st May (TUE) 17:30 … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: ARE YOU ME? – saga in manga linea – by K:KO

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【13th April – 8th May 2019】 LATE OPENING: Friday 12th April 18:00-20:00 RSVP: https://bit.ly/2VP39UN SPECIAL OPENING: Saturday 13th April 12:00-18:00; ARTIST TALK + MINI MANGA WORKSHOP at 15:00 RSVP: https://bit.ly/2Vvb49R K:KO (Keiko Kikkawa) is a Japanese artist based in Warsaw, Poland. She has studied manga art and modern arts in Kyoto, as well as animation in the Czech Republic. Her illustrations are a mix of Japanese manga style and European culture, which she continually rediscovers. This exhibition shows the beauty of the abandoned and destroyed buildings, as well as the images of women, illustrated in various forms, who enjoy the isolation and calmness of those ruins and devastated landscapes. To … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: MASTER – AN AINU STORY – BY ADAM ISFENDIYAR

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【22nd March – 10th April 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 21st March 18:00-20:00 RSVP via EVENTBRITE ARTIST TALK: 4th April Thursday 18:30 – 19:30 Through a series of photographs and interviews taken by Adam Isfendiyar over a two year period, ‘Master – An Ainu Story’ tells the life story of an Ainu man – Kenji Matsuda, who grew up being discriminated against in his homeland because of his Ainu heritage. It also gives a rare insight into the lives of one of the indigenous peoples of Japan. Artist Profile Originally from London, Adam undertook his photography training in Tokyo as an assistant to fashion photographer Masatoshi Yamashiro. During his 8 years … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: PAINTED POEMS – 絵詩 – BY RIE TAKEDA

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【1st March – 18th March 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 28th February 18:00-20:00 RSVP via EVENTBRITE ARTIST TALK + Demonstration: Saturday 9th March at 15:00 The theme of this exhibition is Now and Then, Here and Now. The Sway Gallery London is proud to present a carefully curated selection of artworks by the Japanese artist and calligrapher, Rie Takeda, taken from her Painted Poems series. Painted Poems radiates with an embrace of a unified harmony, striving to create a natsukashii feeling, a warm nostalgia paired with the momentum of here and now. The original poems pour into the calligraphic design compositions, flowing with the rich colours, patterns and the atmospheric spirit. … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION – AKIKO BAN: INNERVISIONS

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【14th – 25th February 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 13th February 18:00 – 20:00 ARTIST TALK: Saturday 23rd February 15:00 – 16:00 The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London. This exhibition presents Ban’s latest sculptures and drawings that explore to establish a primal, naturalistic and spiritual vista of the inner world of her creation. Her artistic practice seeks to give lives to materials, generating individual bodies which she believes have their own existence. These ritual objects and environments were inspired by contemporary culture, music, fashion and her own daily experiences. She presents art work as a means … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: JAPAN IN LANDSCAPE BY MATTHEW PHINN

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【11th – 29th January 2019】 PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 10th January 18:00 – 20:00 (RSVP) MATTHEW PHINN X TRAVELER’S COMPANY Traveler’s Company workshop event in collaboration with the London-based watercolour artist Matthew Phinn DATE: Saturday, 19th January, 12:00-18:00 This exhibition is a collection of watercolour paintings celebrating the diversity and beauty of Japanese landscape. Matthew integrates Japanese brushwork and aesthetics with a traditional English water colour technique. Artist profile Matthew was born in Yorkshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds and the University of California. He went on to spend six years as an artist in residence in Japan and Bermuda. Matthew has exhibited with The Royal Society of Marine … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: I’M WITH YOU BY SO FUJII AND NATSUKI TSUKAGOSHI

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【12th – 22th December 2018】 PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 13 December  18:00 – 20:00 (RSVP) Following the great success of ‘The Pets You Love’ by illustrator So Fujii, the Sway Gallery London is delighted to announce the opening of ‘I’m with you’, an exhibition where So Fujii teamed up with Tokyo-based icing artist Natsuki Tsukagoshi to deliver a new view of ‘The Pets You Love’, using different materials, yet following the same theme. This exhibition is divided into two parts The first part has Pets as the main theme. The two Japanese artists gathered pictures of pets on different social media, and they worked on a unique project, creating two portraits … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: NORIYUKI MISAWA SOLO EXHIBITION – A JAPANESE SHOEMAKER’S CRAZY CREATIONS –

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【3rd – 7th December 2018】 LATE OPENING: Thursday 6th December 11:00 – 20:00 (RSVP https://bit.ly/2Rw6Igi) Noriyuki Misawa will be attending. Noriyuki Misawa is one of a new generation of bespoke luxury shoemakers from Japan. Tokyo based, his shoes are favoured by an international clientele, including the likes of Spike Lee and Park Chan Wook. Noriyuki Misawa has also become a selected shoe-maker for the Japanese Imperial Household: an extremely rare honour for someone so young. In addition to custom wearable shoes, Noriyuki Misawa also makes non-wearables, such as avant-garde, sculptural pieces. “I was largely captivated by the functional ‘formative beauty’ rather than the utility of shoes. I strive to continuously evolve … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: RISING FROM THE EAST – AESTHETICS OF JAPAN – GROUP EXHIBITION

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【26-30 November 2018】 A group exhibition of unique and creative Japanese artists, curated by Artrates Mon-Fri → 11:00-19:00 Late Opening Thu 29 Nov → 11:00-20:00 (RSVP, Drink will be served from 17:00) PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: ● Maki NOHARA (Oil Painting) ● Sei Amei (Watercolour) ● Fumi Yamamoto (Mixed Media Painting) ● chizuko matsukawa (Embroidery Illustration) ● Naho Katayama (Paper Cut Works) ● Yuki Minato (Japanese Ink Painting) ● noco (Mixed Media Painting) ● Nobutaka UEDA (Japanese Ink Painting) ● Harumi Yukawa (Watercolour) ● Kaoruko Negishi (Acrylic Painting) ● IWACO (Doll Maker) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eleven Japanese up-and-coming artists, art majors as well as self-taught creators, have gathered to captivate the viewers with their … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: SOMETHING NEW – YUTA SEGAWA CERAMICS SOLO EXHIBITION

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【2nd – 22nd November 2018】 PRIVATE VIEW: 1st November 18:00 – 20:00   The Sway Gallery London is proud to introduce Yuta Segawa, an incredibly talented Japanese ceramicist based in London. “In this installation, I will gather together three hundred of my miniature pots, as well as exhibit little painted pots. I have crafted scores of pots every day since 2013, always keeping miniature pots at the heart of my artistic endeavors. By spending every day working in this manner, I do believe that my miniature pots have grown more and more charming over time. For this exhibition, I believe it is important to show my miniature pots, which I have improved upon day-by-day, in the same way that … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: SHAPES OF WATER – PRINT WORKS & WORKS ON PAPER

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【5th – 30th Oct 2018】Shapes of Water – Print Works & Works on Paper by Hiroko Imada Event Information: ★ Wed 10 Oct 14:00-15:30 → Try Japanese Woodblock Printing! ★ Sat 13 Oct 14:00-14:45 → Artist Talk with Nicholas Sabisky * 15:00-15:30 → Nicholas Sabisky Flute Mini Concert with Megan Storer ★ Thu 18 Oct 19:00-20:00 → Artist Talk ★ Wed 24 Oct 14:00-15:30 → Try Japanese Woodblock Printing! ★ Sat 27 Oct 14:00-14:45 → Artist Talk with Nicholas Sabisky * 15:00-15:30 → Nicholas Sabisky Flute Mini Concert with Megan Storer   After the successful interactive installation work: Making Waves – the official event of ‘Hokusai, Beyond the Great Wave’ in the Great Court of the British Museum last … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: HANA MACHI – BY SAKI&BITCHES

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【13-28 Sep 2018】 PRIVATE VIEW: 13 Sep 18-20. In a celebration of heritage and the power of a woman’s sexuality, ‘Hana Machi’ is an intimate exhibition by Japanese-born, London-based painter, SAKI&Bitches. SAKI&Bitches is Japanese Street artist/painter/illustrator currently based in London. She has a background in the fashion industry, having worked as a make-up artist for seven years in Tokyo, New York and London before switching from faces to the canvas. As a self-taught artist, SAKI’s work/style grow from doodles on the back of scrap pieces of paper to full-scale portraits. She’s playing around with multiple mediums over the years; paint, pencils, stencils, woodcraft and some sculpting. Her work is unintentionally controversial … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: THE BEAUTY OF JAPANESE AUTUMN – BY JUNE MIYOSHI

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【3rd – 11th Sep 2018】 A photography exhibition by June Miyoshi DATES: 3-11 Sep 2018 ‘The most beautiful moments you can capture in Japan are in autumn. The colours of leaves are extraordinary. You will be impressed by the most astounding, splendid sceneries.’ A breath-taking photography exhibition that showcases June Miyoshi’s beautiful interpretations of Japanese landscapes, represented during the most incredible season of all, Autumn. Each image exhibited shows the photographer’s passion and individual perspective of Japan. Facebook Event Page FREE ENTRANCE *** ARTIST’S PROFILE London-based Japanese photographer June Miyoshi has always loved to express himself through art, since he was a kid. The experience of visiting Yakushima Island (Kagoshima, … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: UKIYO-E AND IMPRESSIONISTS

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【3rd – 31st Aug 2018】 Collection of ukiyo-e that inspired Impressionists in collaboration with Japanese Gallery Opening Night: Thu 2 August, 18:00-20:00 CURATOR’S TALK: Thu 2 August, 19:00-20:00 RSVP https://bit.ly/2LqFGUV   Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, is one of the most significant influences on Impressionism and further developments of Western art. When Japan began international trading after 200 years of isolationist foreign policy in the mid 19th Century, ukiyo-e reached Western Europe with a great impact. Its features of flatness, dynamic composition and clear outline shook many artists such as Monet, van Gogh, Pissarro, Lautrec and Degas. Van Gogh is not an exception, and strongly admired the techniques of Japanese artists, as … Read More

PAST EVENT: KOKESHI, FROM TOHOKU WITH LOVE

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【19th – 31st July 2018】 Pop-up shop, talk and exhibition by Manami Okazaki, the author of Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love. Kokeshi are traditional wooden dolls that are predominantly made in rural hotspring villages in the Tohoku region. Originally a children’s toy made by farmers, these simple and charming folktoys have captured the hearts of collectors around the world. More than 100 kokeshi will be available, from traditional, orthodox types to kawaii, modern varieties. A rare opportunity to purchase new kokeshi by master artisans in the Tohoku region. Meet the author: Sway Gallery (in store) 19th and 28th July all day. Looking forward to seeing you here! FREE ENTRY Opening … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: THE URARAKA WAY

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【28th JUNE – 16th JULY 2018】OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday 28th June 18:00 – 20:00 Please rsvp: https://bit.ly/2IvUPTo PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP: Saturday 30th June 11:00 – 14:00 Printmaking Workshop Printmaker Yoko Kataoka presents her textile work inspired by rural life in the Catalan woods, Spain. “Uraraka” is a Japanese word with a dual meaning: a fine and peaceful day in Spring, or the clear state of a cloudless mind. Yoko hopes that her “Uraraka” works will brighten up your daily life with cheerful colours and feelings, and that her exhibition will be an opportunity for everyone to discover the Uraraka way of living. Artist’s website: www.yokokataoka.net Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 – 19:00 Saturday … Read More

PAST EVENT: SWAY SAKE WEEK

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【Mon 18th – Tue 26th June 2018】 Since March 2018 Sway Gallery welcomed a new addition to the collection of beautifully crafted Japanese items: JAPANESE SAKE, in other words NIHONSHU [The drink of Gods and one of the cultural heritages of Japan] In celebration of the brewing tradition, imbedded into Japanese culture for over 2000 years, we would like you to join us during this week, to sample, experience and enjoy the craftsmanship of various Japanese sake makers. Our selection offers old and traditional, new and modern types of sake. Some of the lines are available in the UK for the first time. And during this event, especially selected sake … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Kimono x Komono きもの x こもの

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【7th -13th June 2018】OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday 7th June 6pm – 8pm The history of kimono, the national costume of Japan, dates back to ancient times, and techniques such as spinning a cocoon, dyeing and weaving have been passed on from time immemorial. Unfortunately nowadays kimonos are used only during special events. MIYABI and PETIT KIMONO transformed, stitch by stitch, the kimonos that belonged to their ancestors generation after generation into small cute objects and mini-kimono, inspired by Japanese seasons, Japanese food and Japanese traditions. They have successfully exhibited in Japan and in Paris, and this is their first solo exhibition in the UK. ABOUT MIYABI (Masako Ishihara・mother) She has been … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Tukuru – Japanese design and made

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【22nd – 24th MAY 2018】 Events Press Brunch: Tuesday 22 May. 11am – 1pm **An exclusive viewing of TUKURU and chance for you to meet all three makers over Japanese tea and nibbles. RSVP essential via: info@sway-gallery.com** Private view: Tuesday 22 May. Sake based cocktail served between 18:00pm – 20:30pm Drinks receptions: Wednesday 23 May 18:00pm – 20:30pm Maker demonstrations – Free entry 22 May 4pm to 5pm // Naori Priestly Modular Origami demonstration Naori Priestly will demonstrate using paper folding techniques to make 3D structure with paper. 23 May 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm // Ikuko Iwamoto The Dotty-decoration by Ikuko Iwamoto Ikuko Iwamoto will decorate the cup by … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Miyu Kurihara – Solo Exhibition

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Miyu Kurihara【3rd – 19th May】 Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11am – 7pm, Sat (19 May only): 11am – 5pm Private View 3rd May 6-8pm Miyu is a Japanese artist who makes hand-painted ceramics. She draws upon her heritage when creating her ceramic pieces; inspired by both Japanese kimono design and traditional Asian ceramics. All pieces are made by hand and individually drawn with intricate detail. Having learned brush techniques and textile design in Japan and London, she incorporates these skills into her work, and uses traditional blue and white porcelain craftsmanship techniques that originated in China and Japan. Kurihara’s work is especially influenced by Chinese ceramics from the Ming … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Jiji and Kinako on Washi – Photography exhibition

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Akiko DuPont 【12th – 25th April】 Opening Hours : Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat (21 April only) 12pm – 6pm Opening Reception: 12 April : 6 – 8pm; to book you place, please click here. The world of Jiji and Kinako through photographs printed on Japanese traditional paper, washi. One day, at 94, Jiji’s life was turned “down-side-up” by Kinako the Cat. Until Jiji was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was a very outgoing man, but he gradually lost interest in life and became grumpier than ever. Kinako the Cat turned that around. This exhibition shows how the border between animals and humans melts. Although Alzheimer’s is a … Read More

PAST EVENT: JAPANESE TATAMI ROOM 畳 by FUTON COMPANY

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【4th – 10th April 2018 (including Saturday 7th April)】 This time, in collaboration with Futon Company, Sway Gallery London has replicated the comfortable and sacred space that a tatami room represents. You can pop in to experience what it feels like to sit on the Japanese tatami mat (no worries because we also have a tatami-style chair!). This is a free event and no reservation is required. It will be held on a first come, first served basis, however please note that we might set a time slots. DAILY PROGRAM   ★WED 4th APRIL 12:00 → CALLIGRAPHY DEMONSTRATION by Taki Kodaira   ★THU 5th APRIL 13:00 – 13:15 & 17:30 – 17:45 → … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: TOKYO 東京 – ORDINARY PEOPLE IN TOKYO STREETS

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Gerard Touren 【15th – 28th March】 Opening hours: MON-FRI 11 AM-7 PM Opening reception: 15 March THU 6PM-8 PM   « In the streets of Tokyo, I did my best to engage with a population so different from all that I knew until then, and to spontaneously overcome the potential distance between me and my subjects, without compromising my quest for the “unusual” and “light” in my images. I did not fully manage to ‘erase’ this distance, as the respect of rules and the “other” prevail above all else for Tokyoites. Every single one of them, while moving in an incredibly conformed flow, appear like a solitary fragment of an expanding … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: THE ART OF MT. FUJI – FROM HOKUSAI TO HASUI

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Various【8th February – 12th March】 Private View: Thursday 8th January, 18:00-20:00 Supported by UKiYO REPUBLIC The tallest mountain of Japan, Mount Fuji, could be seen from almost anywhere in Edo, the capital of Japan. From 17th to late 19th century, when Ukiyo-e, Japanese woodblock prints were in the height of its popularity, this iconic mountain made an impact upon the great masters such as Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858) and later continued to inspire Shin-hanga artists such as Hasui (1883-1957). This exhibition, held in collaboration with Japanese Gallery, focuses on Mt. Fuji from various artist’s viewpoints, depicted in a variety of seasons, colours, and climates. Immortalised in these prints, the … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: THE PETS YOU LOVE – AN ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION

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So Fujii 【1st – 6th February】“I drew someone’s pets in this exhibition because I wanted to share feelings through my illustrations. People who keep pets have various emotions, like happiness, joy, sometimes frustration, and sadness towards their pets. But this is just what it means to love your pets. So I started to collect images of pets on social networking sites. The pictures the owners took are great and helpful for my drawings. When they see my illustrations, I’m happy that they can look back on their memories and feel their love once more.” So Fujii Illustrator, born in Toyama, Japan. Living in London since 2016. He has created many … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: SERENE, THE WORLD OF YUZEN

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Svetlana Wheeler 【11th – 25th January】 The reception: 11th January, 18:00-20:00 Book your ticket here: goo.gl/CmHQUD Yuzen is the Japanese traditional craft of silk dye-resist painting. It was originally used to decorate kimono and obi (sash) and has been practised for centuries. Typically, artists draw mainly on natural and seasonal iconography for inspiration, using the elements too, in combinations that often comprise water and skies, flowers and leaves. In this exhibition, Svetlana unifies insistent themes of nature and peace. At times, it is direct and explicit, such as Koi resting languidly in a pond, beneath an autumnal tree. In others, perhaps less so, such as the cooling air of a … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: SASHIKO REFLECTION

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Jakob Kaye 【17th November – 22nd December 2017】 Sashiko meaning ‘little stab’ is a traditional stitching technique originating from Northern Japan. The practise evolved as a domestic rural craft during the Edo era in a time of peace. Using un-dyed thread on dark indigo cloth, the patterns often represent Buddhist motifs and ‘protection symbols’ whilst also having the functional task of strengthening clothes. Jakob Kaye is a light artist based in Scotland using various hand etching methods on mirrors to depict his chosen subject matter for each series. Often drawn towards natural geometry and cultural history as themes, Jakob is applying the fine hand-skill and focus required for the needlework … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: JAPAN IN WINTER

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Tiger Tanuki – Malene Wagner【9th – 14th November 2017】 Reception: Thursday 9th November, 18:00 – 20:00 The exhibition explores winterscapes by a range of renowned print artists, including shin hanga artist Tsuchiya Koitsu and Saito Kiyoshi of the sosaku hanga movement. This is a unique opportunity to immerse in nostalgic snowscapes and humoristic winter scenes from the 1930s up to the 21st century. It will run until November 14 only so stop by before the snow melts! The exhibition is sponsored by Ukiyo Republic who will create special winter-themed drinks for the opening night❄️🍸

PAST EVENT: Japan in Winter – Comforting consumption of Japanese art & Sake

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Tiger Tanuki & Ukiyo Republic 【11th November 2017】 We all need something to warm up our body and soul in this transitional time of the year, don’t we? That is why we prepared the Japanese ART & SAKE event to satisfy you physically and mentally! It is nice to have drinks in broad daylight and see art programs on TV during weekend, but why don’t you do that with us at Sway Gallery, especially because we have invited specialists from various fields of Japanese culture, whose knowledge and stories will reveal to us the real picture of Japanese life style in sacred winter time. Being surrounded by Japanese prints and … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: THE BEAUTY OF INEFFICIENCY – KANA ART –

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Kaoru Akagawa 【5th October – 8th November 2017】 Reception: Thursday 5th October, 18:00 – 20:00 As Charles Chaplin has depicted in his film, anything inefficient was banned in ‘Modern Times’. Such was the fate of Kana, phonetic scripts unique to Japan, which were abandoned and forgotten despite their legacy of a thousand years. Kana, representative of a leisurely and creative pursuit, are no longer used in day-to-day life in contemporary Japan due to their complexity and the difficulty of passing down and acquiring the necessary skills. By using Kana in her contemporary work, Akagawa attempts to build a bridge beyond time and space. Her works are time consuming, but she … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: AUTO[MA]TION

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Damien Borowik 【5th – 29th September 2017】 Reception: Thursday 7th September, 18:00 – 20:00 Book your ticket here: Eventbrite “Ma (間) is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as gap, space, pause or the space between two structural parts. The spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation. […] Ma is not something that is created by compositional elements; it is the thing that takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements. Therefore, ma can be defined as experiential place understood with emphasis on interval.“ – Wikipedia, Aug 2017 Damien Borowik is a visual artist who investigates the art of making as aesthetics. Using … Read More

PAST EVENT: KOCHI SAKE FESTIVAL

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DATE: 11th – 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017 We have another edition of sake festival in collaboration with Sam Sake at Sway Gallery! This time you can taste and purchase sake from Kochi prefecture, between the 11th and the 23rd September. This prefecture is well known for its fruits production, especially for YUZU (a citrus fruit, between lemon and lime). And don’t miss the event “Tiger under The Yuzu Tree” at which the brewer himself will show you his sake. Tasting drops of various sake will make your Tuesday night special 🍶 EVENTS: ★ 19th September 18:00 – 21:00 Tiger under The Yuzu Tree – Kochi prefecture sake fair – (presentation & … Read More

PAST EVENT: Discover Japanese Green Tea!

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Japanese green tea 【6th September 2017】 What is it exactly after all? Nowadays we see so many different kinds of Japanese tea in every corner of London, from superfood matcha latte to genmai cha. However, do we really know what they are exactly and how to use them, not only for making a cup of tea? During 1 hour long session, a Japanese tea expert from Japan, Mrs. Noriko Sonoda, the Director of ‘Sonoda Chaho Hoko-en’ will make a personal introduction to the world of Japanese tea. She will reveal some of the secrets of green tea and introduce you to some very practical knowledge, including the difference in benefits between … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Daydreaming – A Japanese motion

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Morgan De Laporte 【15th – 31st August 2017】   Morgan de Laporte is a French photographer focused on street and travel photography. Mixing analogue and digital tools, he shows here his journey around Honshu Island. This series of photographs explore the Japanese rythmes of life. Travelling through the gigantic mazes of Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama, always in the spectator’s position. He captures the workers and dreamers of Japan’s sprawling megalopolis; frozen moments of cities in constant movement and its inhabitants who snooze and feed these never-sleeping giants. A journey that also takes him to the more peaceful life in the snowy mountains of Nikko and Nagano, where nature – the … Read More

PAST EVENT: Vintage Kimono Pop-Up Boutique by Furuki Yo-Kimono

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Furuki-Yo Kimono 【3rd – 12th August 2017】 Sway Gallery London is delighted to present Sonoe Sugawara, a London-based vintage kimono dealer and owner of Furuki Yo-Kimono Vintage, which showcases the world of vintage & antique kimono. The name is a play on the Japanese expression, Furuki Yo-Kimono Vintage (ふるきよきもの) which means ‘good old things’. Sonoe has been collecting vintage kimono for years and has become a source for Western kimono lovers including designers of some of the world’s leading fashion brands. The main collection of her kimonos are from 1920-30s pre-war period known in Japan as the Taisho period and Japanese Art Deco period when Western modernism mingled with Japanese … Read More

PAST EVENT: Kyushu Sake & Shochu Festival

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Special event 【10th – 22nd July 2017】 Japan has a long history of Buddhism and religious mythology: having derived many from other Asian cultures. One popular belief is that there is a God in everything, and this even includes sake – a sacred drink of the Gods. Until the 20th century, Kyushu was seen as Japan’s gateway to the world and a centre for trade. It has historically been the first stop for foreign traders and travellers to Japan and the place from where outside influences would spread to the rest of the country.Time has moved on, but the landscapes, legends and tradition of sake making remain to this day. … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Glorious Imperfection – the kintsugi drawings

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David Davies [6th – 28th July 2017] Glorious Imperfection – the kintsugi drawings Private view: Thursday 6th July, 18:00 – 20:00 – Book your ticket here In the West, when a piece of ceramic gets broken, our inclination is to repair as invisibly as possible. The Japanese feel differently, and approach the task in an almost opposite way. They employ a technique known as `kintsugi’. Rather than try to hide the marks and cracks of breakage, they illuminate them with gold, silver, copper, or sometimes bright pigments that contrast vividly with the base colour of the ceramic. Their thinking comes from `wabi sabi’, a Japanese derivation of the Chinese Buddhist … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Cross Culture – A Ceramics Selling Exhibition

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Various [16th – 29th June 2017] Four ceramic artists from Japan, the UK and Italy explore aspects of Japanese art and culture through their work. Each artist, all from different backgrounds, is drawn towards a particular theme – ceramic tradition, aesthetics, philosophy and traditional theatre. Kiramics organically creates objects with functional and sculptural forms exploring different technical processes that are deeply influenced by Zen garden aesthetics and art of Haiku poetry. MORI makes individual functional and semi-functional ware influenced by the memories of his mother and grandmother’s traditional Japanese domestic pottery. JO AYLMER makes slip cast porcelain vessels that respond to the Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki’s statement, ‘Were it not for shadows, … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: A History Of The Japanese Print

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Various – Curated by Tiger Tanuki [4th May – 10th June 2017] Tiger Tanuki presents a unique sales exhibition, tracing the history of the Japanese print from the classic ukiyo-e of the Edo period (1615-1867) to the modern shin hanga and sosaku hanga prints of the 20th century The exhibition features original works by renowned artists such as Utagawa Kunisada , probably the most popular and prolific ukiyo-e artist; Kawase Hasui , considered one of the most important Japanese landscape artists of the 20th century; and Ay-O, also known as the ‘rainbow artist’, who represented Japan at the Venice biennale in 1966. CHISOU http://www.chisourestaurant.com/ KIRI http://kiri-london.com/

PAST EXHIBITION: PikaPika at Home – Japanese Accents for London Living

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Various [5th – 29th April 2017] Curated by Charlene Lam of Creative Clerkenwell, the selling exhibition will showcase contemporary art and interior objects that are inspired by Japan and created in London. Featured artists include designer-makers of Japanese heritage like ceramicist and RCA graduate Ikuko Iwamoto and creatives inspired by Japanese culture, including French visual artist Damien Borowik. Visitors are invited to add a touch of Japan to their own homes, with Japanese-inspired artwork and interior objects from UK designers available for sale or commission during the exhibition. The Sway Gallery shop also stocks products specially sourced from Japan. Creative Clerkenwell http://www.creativeclerkenwell.com/ FEATURED DESIGNERS AND ARTISTS Ikuko Iwamoto (ceramics) www.ikukoi.co.uk | … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: Portrait of Nature ~ Myriads of Gods

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Nobuyuki Kobayashi [16th – 28th March 2017]   Portrait of Nature ~ Myriads of Gods Nobuyuki Kobayashi is a Japanese photographer who creates unique platinum palladium photo prints of nature. Kobayashi uses platinum printing, an old technique characterised by having the platinum lay on the surface of the paper while the final image is matte due to a deposit of platinum absorbed slightly into the paper. This gives a delicate and sophisticated finish to the photography. To utilize the original texture in the support of the print, Kobayashi uses ‘Hosokawa paper’, a kind of washi paper that is rich and full of texture and its manufacturing method has remained the same … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: 心 Kokoro Heart Le Coeur

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Misako Okuyama 【24th – 31st Jan 2017】 In this exhibition, Dr Misako Okuyama represents various 心こころ’Kokoro’ in kanji, hiragana, katakana, and the Latin alphabet (English and French) using Japanese mineral painting, Japanese calligraphy and craft technique and skills on shikishi as three series artwork.  

PAST EXHIBITION: Mr Dile Crocodile said hello hello

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Kaoru Shimada 【5th – 21st Jan 2017】 Mr. Dile Crocodile is a crocodile. But he has his own pride as a British gentleman. He was born in the Nile, on the edge of the river, but came to London by accident when he was a child. Since then he was brought up by a British couple Mr & Mrs Jones, like a normal kid in London…! Mr Dile Crocodile is an original character created by Kaoru Shimada who is a Japanese author of children’s ( childrens ではない) books as well as an illustrator. Mr Dile Crocodile darted out of her brain and became (becomeではない気が、、、) an independent creature. Now he has … Read More

PAST EXHIBITION: HEI/SAY POP

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Group exhibition 【22nd Nov – 22nd Dec 2016】 OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 24 November 2016, 6:00-8:00PM SWAY GALLERY is proud to present a three-person exhibition, ‘HEI/ SAY POP’ featuring Keita Miyazaki, Shigetoshi Furutani and Toru Ishii. HEI / SAY POP examines the inspirational power of Japanese culture and capitalism. In this exhibition, the three contemporary artists of the same generation, with a shared interest in the capitalism society after high economic growth and Japanese popular culture in the Heisei period (current era in Japan, started in 1989), cut through the reality and fantasy of contemporary society phenomena keenly with their art, and express discernment calmly. They also delve into alluring worlds … Read More