Ai Yamaguchi is a Japanese contemporary artist, born in 1977. Her works are influenced by both traditional Japanese values and themes, and modern Japanese pop culture. Her powerful art depicts the lives of young female prostitutes and embodies the sexuality which was typical for the Edo period (1600-1868 AD). In 1999, Ai formed the group “ninyu works”.
She attended Women’s College of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts in Kanagawa, Japan, where she studied weaving. The artist trained under Takashi Murakami and worked as an assistant at Kaikai Kiki. She appeared at Murakami’s Bravo exhibition in 1999.
Yamaguchi’s artwork is featured in the public collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
She exhibited her works in numerous group and solo shows, both in Japan and internationally. The galleries where she had exhibitions include Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, China; NADiff modern in Tokyo, Japan; Aki Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan; and Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles, United States.
Her vibrant and very two-dimensional works with delicately drawn lines combine the classical Japanese aesthetics with manga subculture. The main theme of Ai Yamaguchi’s works is feminine beauty in the men dominated world of medieval Japan. She also incorporates Waka, Japanese poetry into her art, as well as kana and kanji words. The artist doesn’t shy away from experimenting with new techniques and media, so she developed a unique canvas, using wood panels, a blanket and cotton fabric.
The artist is represented by Kumi Contemporary in London, United Kingdom.
All images copyright © the artist
|2014||shinchishirin||Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY||solo|
|2014||20 Years Art x Mags Exhibition||Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2013||Ukiyo-e POP – Pop Culture from Edo to Today||Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Japan||group|
|2013||Wonderful My Art – The Artist of the Takahashi Collection||Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan||group|
|2012||hoshi||Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2012||ashita mata||10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, China||solo|
|2012||yorokobi||ADiff modern, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2012||UTAKATA TAYUTAU -the blinking of an eye||Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan||group|
|2012||Kamisaka Sekka - dawn of modern Japanese design||Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia||group|
|2011||kumogakure||Aki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan||solo|
|2010||hogara hogara||NADiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2010||kiyu||Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2009||November Steps - Susan Phillips & Gallery Artists||Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||group|
|2008||hana wa no ni aruyouni/Flowers as they are in the field||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||solo|
|2008||Macrocosm||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2008||Off the Rails||Mizuma and One Gallery, Beijing, China||group|
|2007||yama, haruru||Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2006||E no e: Pictures of Pictures||GR2, Los Angeles, CA||solo|
|2006||DO NOT STACK||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2006||Group Show||Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan||group|
|2005||Take art collection 2005||Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan||group|
|2005||Untitled||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2005||A – Lunch||AXIS Gallery ANNEX, Tokyo, Japan||group|
|2004||Oyasumi||Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH||solo|
|2004||Haru no yukue||Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan||solo|
|2004||Hana mite kurasu haru||NADiff, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2004||EYE OF THE NEEDLE||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2004||Fiction. Love-Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art||Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan||group|
|2004||OFFICINA ASIA||Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy||group|
|2003||Sukutoko||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||solo|
|2003||Hanabukuro||Viewing Room yoyogi/garage, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2003||Still Waters||Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA||group|
|2002||Kinuginu||Gallery Eve, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2002||Ai Yamaguchi||Giant Robot Store, Los Angeles, CA||solo|
|2002||Ai Yamaguchi||Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY||solo|
|2002||Kageki Metonymics||Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY||group|
|2001||Ominaeshi||NADiff bis, Miyagi, Japan||solo|
|2001||Shoumonraifuku||Shibuya Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2000||Haru ni shirarenu hana||NADiff, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2000||Mokomoko no tsuki||NADiff, Tokyo, Japan||solo|
|2000||Kamuro||Salon Sui, Ishikawa, Japan||solo|