Chihiro Taki

New Series "Diary of Dreams" 

Young, beautiful and ambitious Chihiro Taki studied painting for five years in Florence after graduation from Tokyo University of the Arts. She returned back to Japan in the end of 2018 and “Gils in Dreams” is her first solo exhibition in Kyoto. 

The exhibition is about herself and her dreams/fantasies. Taki recalls some experience from memory/sleep when she fantasizes and daydreams.  “Yesterday, I had a dream of crouching on a cat about 1 meter long. A pillow with fluffy, soft, warm and happy hair”.  Taki’s painting starts at this point. Dreams remind the artist of her desires that she didn’t realize or fears that she pretended not to see. Drawing such a “dream” is an important act to fight fear and digest feelings. What appears in the picture is her alter ego, which is worried about becoming an adult. Taki wants to remain a girl in her dreams today and dream is always an attempt to see the future. 


Basically Taki works in two different technics: tempera with oil or pencil with watercolor and gauche. The artist often works with gold or silver. Sometimes she makes a thick impasto like in “Memories About Summer” or tiny little golden dots as eyes in “Sleepless Night”. The attention to detail and nuances is crucial for creating fascinating and charming paintings that give a sense of reality in fantasy. 


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