I continue to paint water as a motif. This is because I am fascinated by the mystery and power of life-giving water. In my paintings, both the rich curves and the legal straight lines created by nature are equally encompassed in one organic world. Flowers, goldfish, and seaweed are also depicted as happy symbols around water, and I want to infuse my work with the aesthetic and fundamental sense of color that they reflect in the water.
Kaoru Kan HP
1976 Born in Oita Prefecture, Japan Currently based in Kyoto and Fukuoka, Japan
2000 Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Japanese Painting Course
2001 "The 5th Shinsei Exhibition" Shinsei Prize
2004 Fellow Program Researcher, International Research Center for the Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design
2007 Installed a 2.0 x 7.3m mural at the entrance of Tomoe Valve Co.
2008 Installation of 1.6 x 4m mural in the hall of Kinobue, Kyoto
2011 Shoin Art Award
2012 Koyodo Art Museum Prize
2014 Second Prize, Publicly Offered Japanese Painting 2014
2015 Excellent Prize, Rimpa School 400th Anniversary New Artists Selection Exhibition, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2016 Solo Exhibition, Tobu Ikebukuro Department Store
Makurazaki International Art Award Exhibition, Honorable Mention
2017 Kodansha Bunko, The Reason for Being Alive, Cover Painting
2019 Tea ceremony magazine, cover painting
Solo Exhibition "Light and Sea", Shinshu Bukko-ji School, Chosei-in, Kyoto, Gallery PARC
2020 Omotesenke School of Tea Ceremony Magazine (Kawahara Shoten), Cover Painting
2020 "Boku no tsuri" Kodomo no tomo May issue (Fukuinkan Shoten)
Other solo and group exhibitions, including many overseas.
Studied under Hiroshi Senju