Drypoint on Hahnemuhle
10cm x 70cm

Manami Ito

Manami Ito (b. 1987 Tottori, Japan) studied BA Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan (2007-2011) and MA Fine Art, Kyoto City University of Arts (2011–13) and exchange programme at Aalto University, Finland (2011). Selected groups exhibitions: 60th CWAJ Print Show, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, USA (2016); Geibun-Kyo-Ten competition, Kyoto Art Center, Japan (2016) and Group show by selected artists in Kyoto, Museum of Kyoto, Japan (2016). Solo exhibitions include: Tra riflessi e trasparenze nel mondo di Ito, Gallery SPAZIO 74/b, Milano, Italy (2016); Ito Manami, Gallery KEI-FU, Kyoto (2015) and Ito Manami, Gallery Kyoto Art Zone, Kaguraoka, Kyoto (2014). Recent prizes: Geibun-Kyo-Ten competition, Grand prize, Kyoto Art Center (2016), 60th CWAJ Print Show; 2nd prize (2015) and 6th Kanae Yamamoto Print Triennial, 2nd prize /Ueda City Museum (2015). She lives and works in Japan.

Ito uses the traditional process of drypoint to create new printmaking imagery with a focus on the relationship between art and nature. Frequently drawn to the pine as a motif, the artist explains this is because the pine in Japan has been associated with life and culture since ancient times and is a recurring theme in Japanese art. With reference to Japanese gardens and the art of Bonsai she says, “working from nature’s beauty, people created new beauty. By traditional techniques and traditional motifs, I want to make a new image that transcends photography.”  


You can see Manami Ito's work at Vane

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