Ryoko Kaneta’s “In Our Nature.” Opening June 25th,…

Janice K. Johnson


Opening June 25th, 2022 at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, California is artist Ryoko Kaneta’s solo exhibition, “In Our Nature.”

One of the leading figures of Japan’s up-and-coming generation of artists, Kaneta will be making her U.S. solo debut with “In Our Nature.” The Tokyo-based artist paints according to ancient Japanese philosophies, including the thought that God dwells in all beings. Her descriptive paintings are embedded in historic cultures yet exist as fleeting spectacles of nature. The artist applies acrylic paint to canvas and masterfully blends to create an image that actively develops and moves with cyclicality. Her artworks suggest a passing of time and celebrate nature’s ephemerality.

Kaneta uses the female figure to personify elements of nature, including the phenomenon of weather and dramatic seasonal transformation, both of which are depicted dreamily in the artist’s landscapes. These sceneries, some of which Kaneta has visited, have held particular resonance for the artist. They have encouraged her ambition to accurately express the history and stories of a place. This way of working is akin to the attitudes of the Rinpa and Kanō Schools, approaching painting through scenes of nature portrayed and celebrated in ancient Japanese literature.

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