Kyoto International Art Festival: Past Winners at Keifu

Gallery Keifu hosted a satellite show featuring six artists who had won awards in 2014: Haruka Iwai, Sanae, Hayashida, Yuko Koyama, Rieko Arai, Yoshihiro Kubo, and Deborah Stout.

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Gallery Keifu usually has a fantastic reception with lots of food and drinks. Haruo Suzuki, painter, is the one standing in the rear with glasses on his head. Yoshihiro Kubo, sculptor, is standing beside him. Behind them are paintings by Rieko Arai and Haruka Iwai.

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In one corner were two small paintings in the Nihonga style by Haruka Iwai.

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One of my favorites is this small painting by Haruka Iwai.

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Gallery Keifu tried to have at least one piece by each artist on the first floor. I am not sure whose frame that is in the upper left but the tusklike object is by Yoshihiro Kubo and the stained glass is by Sanae Hayashida.

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Kubo had many pieces on display on the second floor, including many smaller pieces like this blue box for sale. Because this is a private gallery, not municipal, artists could sell artwork. That is not possible at the places administered by the municipal government.

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IMG_0235Yuko Koyama made lamps as well as bulbous ceramic shapes.

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Sanae Hayashida often makes beautiful lamps; the shadows are also beautiful.

IMG_0233 I assume that the small lamps are by Sanae Yoshida, and the coloured paper pieces hanging on the wall are definitely by Deborah Stout.

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Here you can see some of the details of work that earned Stout an award in 2015. It seems as if she was playing with metals and rust to get the patterns.

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Last year’s pieces might be beautiful but this year’s piece was absolutely amazing. It was a delicate snowflake against the night sky. During the day, it becomes golden when the sun shines on it.

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For practical reasons, the artwork in the satellite shows were not eligible for awards. Too bad! Stout deserved an award for her giant snowflake made from several discs of homemade paper pulp that were layered to provide depth.

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Even when viewed at night from the outside of the gallery, Stout’s piece hung in the window on the second floor was still stunning.

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