Artist Statement



-Artist Statement-

Born in a country surrounded by the sea, I am blessed with gifts from the land and the sea.

On the land the neighbours talk to me. I look up at an elevated train and admire the skills of craftsmen. I aim my camera at hydrangea flowers, shed tears for the family’s sorrows, and talk with my wife at the sight of a bird flying with a flap of the wings. Each of us lives with joys and sorrows, and goes through the repetition and mutation of our daily lives. I engrave these precious days and numerous encounters in my heart.

I live in the space between the land and the sea.

When I dive into the sea, overflowing dreams and fantasies come and go before my eyes, and the darkness spreads into the deep. A snake winding itself around a huge tree, a tree-shaped snow mountain hit by a snowstorm, an angel blowing a trumpet, a friend relating some story to me, a full moon surrounded by orange stars, myself wrapped in flames, a king who is a quiz fan …. Just as the sea has waves, so their existence cannot be denied by anybody. I pay respect to the vast sea and wanderers on the sea.

I go back and forth between land and sea, link the encounters that I had, and try to restore the missing link. The route that I have followed embraces myself, my parents, and the dead, and I recall their souls in my work. They involve the present moment, multiply themselves like cells, brim with colours, and become new life. The remote past and the distant future are crystalized in the present. Many that I parted from and many that I am to meet are mingled in my mind, and I dream of myself opened to the world as never before.







Tomoaki Tarutan / 垂谷 知明

Born in Maizuru, Kyoto in 1984
2007 BFA, Craft Arts, Osaka University of Arts

-Solo Exhibitions-
2009 The DUFFER of St. George, Tokyo
2011 Marunouchi-CAFE, Tokyo

-Selected Group Exhibitions-
2006 “TEN”, Osaka University of Arts - GYM Gallery, Osaka
2007 “Osaka University of Arts graduation work Selected Exhibition”, Santory Museum, Osaka
2009 “YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.2”, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan, Tokyo
2010 “NEXT DOOR vol.11”, T & G ARTS, Tokyo
2010 “Obscure Desire ”, SUNJIN GALLERIES, Singapore
2011 “Adding Dimension”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
2012 “Art Meets Fashion”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
2012 “Graniph Design Award 2012 Exbition”, Graniph Harajuku Gallery, Tokyo
2012 穿越 Beyond Wearable, GOELIA 225, Guangzhou
La Nouvelle Garde Japonaise Exhibition, Galerie Robespierre, Grande-Synthe
2016 “The 11th Daikokuya Contemporary Art Award Exhibition”, Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Tochigi

-Art Fairs-
2010 “Tasting Art Exhibition 01”, Gallery Tagboat, Hankyu Department Store, Osaka
2010 “THE PARK WEST ART SHOW”, Gallery Tagboat, Shinjuku Isetan department store, Tokyo
2010 “ULTRA 003”, Gallery Tagboat-Directed by Hanae Aikawa, Aoyama Spiral Bldg, Tokyo
2010 “Art Expo Malaysia - 4th Edition”, SUNJIN GALLERIES, Malaysia
2010 “The Affordable Art Fair ”, SUNJIN GALLERIES, Singapore
2010 “Art Asia Miami 2010”, Karin Weber Gallery, Miami
2011 “Mancy’s Art Nights” , Gallery Tagboat, Mancy’s TOKYO, Tokyo
2011 “Art Fair KYOTO 2011 ”, GRAPHIC Corporation and GUNZE LIMITED, Hotel Monterey Kyoto, Kyoto
2012 “AHAF Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair”, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
2012 “ART KYOTO 2012”, GRAPHIC Corporation, Hotel Monterey Kyoto, Kyoto

2012 “ULTRA005”, Kakekae Gallery-Directed by Hanae Aikawa, Aoyama Spiral Bldg, Tokyo

2007 “Osaka University of Arts graduation work exhibition”, Studio Award Selected Work, [Curator, Osaka University of Arts Museum]
2007 “Osaka University of Arts Good Design award 2007”, Judge Tamura award and Oguchi award
2008 “International Quilt Week Yokohama 2008 [wear section]”, The Highest Award and Yokohama Shokokaigisho award
2009 “KONICA MINOLTA Eco & Art Award 2009 [visual arts section]”, Win a prize
2009 “YOUNG ARTIST JAPAN Vol,2”, N.Huzimoto [Art-Collector] and T.Koyama [ KOYAMATOMIO Gallery] recommendation
2010 “NEXT DOOR vol.11”, Win a prize
2010 “The 5th TAGBOAT AWARD”, Win a prize
2012 “Graniph Design Award 2012”, Silver prize
2016 “The 11th Daikokuya Contemporary Art Award”, Win a prize


Pigozzi Collection
HongKong Heritage Museum

-Client Works-
Graniph (2012/T-shert design,Tokyo)
WHOSTHAT (2012/Womenswear,Hong Kong)
LimoLand (2014/T-shirt design,New York)

1984 京都府舞鶴市生まれ
2007 大阪芸術大学工芸学科テキスタイル染織コース卒業

-Solo Exhibitions-
2009 The duffer of st.george, 東京
2011 丸の内カフェ, 東京

-Selected Group Exhibitions-
2006 「展」 大阪芸術大学体育館ギャラリー, 大阪
2007 「大阪芸術大学卒業制作-選抜展-」 サントリーミュージアム, 大阪
2009 「YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.2」 東京交通会館, 東京
2010 「NEXT DOOR vol.11」 T&G ARTS 六本木, 東京
2010 「Obscure Desire | みえない欲望」 SUNJIN GALLERIES, シンガポール
2011 「Adding Dimension」 Karin Weber Gallery, 香港
2012 「Art Meets Fashion」 Karin Weber Gallery, 香港
2012 「Graniph Design Award 2012 展」 Graniph 原宿 Gallery, 東京
2012 「穿越 Beyond Wearable」 GOELIA 225, 広州
2013 「La Nouvelle Garde Japonaise Exhibition」 Galerie Robespierre, グランドシント
2016 「第11回 大黒屋現代アート公募展」 板室温泉大黒屋, 栃木

-Art Fairs-
2010 「Tasting Art Exhibition 01」 Gallery Tagboat, 阪急百貨店メンズ館, 大阪
2010 「パークウエスト・アートショー」 Gallery Tagboat, 新宿伊勢丹百貨店, 東京
2010 「ULTRA003」 Gallery Tagboat-Directed by Hanae Aikawa, 青山スパイラルビル, 東京
2010 「Art Expo Malaysia - 4th Edition」 SUNJIN GALLERIES, マレーシア
2010 「The Affordable Art Fair - Singapore」 SUNJIN GALLERIES, シンガポール
2010 「Art Asia Miami 2010」 Karin Weber Gallery, マイアミ
2011 「Mancy’s Art Nights」 Gallery Tagboat, Mancy’s TOKYO, 東京
2011 「2011 京都アートフェア」 グラフィック & グンゼ / ホテルモントレ京都, 京都
2012 「AHAF Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair」 Karin Weber Gallery, 香港
2012 「ART KYOTO 2012」 グラフィック, ホテルモントレ京都, 京都
2012 「ULTRA005」 Kakekae Gallery-Directed by Hanae Aikawa, 青山スパイラルビル, 東京

2007 「大阪芸術大学卒業制作展」 研究室賞
2007 「大阪芸術大学 G.D.A.2007」 田村賞 + 小口賞
2008 「IQW横浜2008 ウェア部門」 最優秀賞 + 横浜商工会議所賞
2009 「KONICA MINOLTA エコ&アートアワード2009」 入選
2009 「YOUNG ARTISTS JAPAN Vol.2」 藤本治聖氏 + 小山登美夫氏
2010 「NEXT DOOR vol.11」 入選
2010 「第5回 TAGBOAT AWARD」 入選
2012 「Graniph Design Award 2012」 銀賞
2016 「第11回 大黒屋現代アート公募展」 入選


-Client Works-
Graniph (2012/T-shert design, Tokyo)
WHOSTHAT (2012/Womenswear, Hong Kong)
LimoLand (2014/T-shirt design, New York)