Erika Nojiri
Artist/
Painter

Erika Nojiri

Painter

Bio

BIOGRAPHY:

I’m a painter and work as a video editor at an advertising company.
I think social trends critically and express my opinions in my art works.

[About my painting’s style]
The feature of my works is spiral lines. At the end of graduated school, I finally found this style. When I was training drawings to pass the university entrance exam, I made lines in my brain on the objects. I could create the main elements of my paintings.

When I have a question about "the social common senses", I want to paint it. Japan has a high collective consciousness and values cooperation, but I think that there are many people who can’t say their opinions. Some people say this tendency is a virtue, but I have felt uncomfortable since I was a child. When I was a child, I couldn't put into words what I wanted to say and often was annoyed. But I was free in the picture. Painting solved my indescribable desires. I think this process makes me value the concepts.

When I was an undergraduate, I was studying abstract paintings. (Maybe it's better to say semi-concrete.) I painted some copies of Francis Bacon’s works, looked at Cubist and Fauvist pain-tings in 20th century, and thought about the coming out artist’s mind in the paintings. However, abstract paintings are not popular in Japan. At the exhibition, there were many opinions "I don't know." So, I thought about picture scrolls in the Heian period and Nishiki-e in the Edo period and so on. To be honest, the strange shaped animals and unreadable old Japanese looked "abstract" for me. I also noticed that these were not painted as paintings. The picture scrolls were as illustrations in books, and the Nishiki-e had roles as brochures. So I came to the conclusion that the older Japanese painters designed and characterized the real creatures to tell information. My current painting style applies this conclusion.


PROFILE:

2017 Graduated from Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Toyama, Creating Arts Course
Received the university president's award

2018 Graduated School of Art and Design (Master's Program), University of Toyama, Figurative Representation Courses

Worked for a TV program production company in Toyama (Assistant work from April to July 2018, Director work from July 2018 to October 2019)

2019 Work at an advertising company in Toyama (from November 2019 to the present)

- Solo exhibition
2019 "Odoro Odoro" Gallery Binosha (Tokyo, Japan)

- Special exhibition / Group exhibition:
2014 "Confrontation and Derivation" Hokugin Art Gallery in Hokuriku Bank Takaoka Branch (Toyama, Japan)

2015 "89th Kokuten Painting Special Exhibition-Challenge of Young Artists-New Eyes" The National Art Center, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan)

2016 "89th Kokuten Painting Award-winning Artists Exhibition" Ginza Art Hall (Tokyo, Japan)
"GEIBUN -Students and graduates from the Toyama University-" Ginza Inoue Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
"Twenty painters" Art gallery in Daiwa Toyama 5th floor (Toyama, Japan)

2017 "16 painters" Art gallery in Daiwa Toyama 5th floor (Toyama, Japan)
   "Biennale TOYAMA" (part 3) TAD Gallery in Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and De-sign (Toyama, Japan)

2018 "Group Koshi -Toyama University Selection Exhibition-" Ginza Surugadai Gallery (Tokyo, Japan) * Exhibited every year
"Students Selection Exhibition 2018 First Judging Works Exhibition" Gallery Binosha (Tokyo, Japan)

2019 "Japan Collage 2019" (part 2) Gallery K (Tokyo, Japan)
   "Interactive-YOUTH-" Gallery Hinoki (Tokyo, Japan)
"Presented by gekkan bizyutsu Debut 2019 Winning Works Exhibition" Gallery Wada (Tokyo, Japan)
   "What color is the wind?" (part2) Gallery K (Tokyo, Japan)
   "A cat and Cats" Gallery Binosha (Tokyo, Japan)
   "Meeting of literature and art -Art sommelier Fuyuhiko Yamamoto, Ginza Echo-an and Gallery Musee- book cover design exhibition" cafe & gallery musee (Ishikawa, Japan), Gallery Echo-an (Tokyo, Japan)

2020 "Presented by gekkan bizyutsu Debut 2020 Winning Works Exhibition" Fujie Gallery (To-kyo, Japan)
   "Japan Collage 2020" (part 1) Gallery K (Tokyo, Japan)
   "Rashinban Selection 6 artists Exhibition" Art Space Rashinban (Tokyo, Japan)
   "Session III 2020" GALLERY ART POINT (Tokyo, Japan)

2021 "The beautiful time" (part 2) Gallery K (Tokyo, Japan)
   "SCOPEs 2021" GALLERY ART POINT (Tokyo, Japan)
   "Uchiyama House: Encounter with Contemporary Art Exhibition IV -Bearing the Future-" Toyama Prefectural Civic Center Annex Uchiyama House [National Registered Tangible Cultural Property] (Toyama, Japan)



- Award history

2015 "89th Kokuten"  Painting Department Encouragement Award (Tokyo, Ja-pan)
   "26th Mihama Art Exhibition"  Selected (Fukui, Japan)

2016 "Art Fair Toyama 2016"  Sponsorship Award Gomangoku Award (Toyama, Japan)

2018 "Student Selection Exhibition 2018" Encouragement Award Gallery Binosha (Tokyo, Japan)

2019 "Presented by gekkan bizyutsu Art Newcomers Award Debut 2019" Selected (Tokyo, Japan)

2020 "Presented by gekkan bizyutsu Art Newcomers Award Debut 2020" Selected (Tokyo, Japan)

Artworks