Egami Etsu:Rainbow


2021.04.24 - 2021.05.30
11:00 - 17:00 
Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa (KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F) Gallery1, 2, 3


2021.04.24 - 2021.05.30
Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa (KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F) Gallery1, 2, 3
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00

Closed on Monday, 05.06 Thu.
※Open on public holiday 05.03 Mon.
Free entrance
Presence of the Artist
April 24th and 25th
Contact Information
Tel. 0267-46-8691
Karuizawa New Art Museum

About the Exhibition

Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa ( Karuizawa New Art Museum 1F ) is pleased to present “Rainbow”, an exhibition of new paintings by Japanese artist Etsu Egami. This exhibition marks Egami’s second large exhibition in Japan with her new 34 works produced in 2020, continuing from “Your Name?” at Whitestone Ginza New Gallery in 2019.

Born in Chiba in 1994, Etsu Egami is currently PhD student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and considered as an internationally renowned artist. She was selected as one of the young leading figures in the world by “Forbes 30 UNDER 30” (Forbes China) in 2020. Egami’s paintings are richly colored, uncomplicated compositions that contain a series of portraits that are simplified as translucent brushstrokes. They often hint at broader narratives — seemingly connecting with glitch, an interference of computer data — yet they are abstract and frequently contain a disparate and overlapping form. Though her art is highly refined and executed with considerable technical skill, Egami stresses the intuitive, deeply personal of how she works. The title that the artist names for her works are as well a game she plays with the audience, in which the unconventional black and brown were added to her palette, adding further layers of complexity and intrigue to the viewing experience.

We cordially invite you to this precious opportunity.


©Egami Etsu

Egami Etsu

Etsu Egami was born in Japan in 1994, graduated from her BFA at HfG Karlsruhe (The Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) in Germany, and currently studying at Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. Egami's experiences of living and studying in different places incite her to play with the notion of 'communication'. The artist is interested in exploring the 'origin of language' and describing 'society' by words.
Her Project gained international acclaim for site-specific field surveys and documentations. Her solo and group exhibitions included Into the light...Etsu Egami solo show (Germany), Dialogue beyond 400 years (London), This is not a Mis-hearing game (Beijing), Dialogue -4,000 years- Etsu Egami Exhibition (Chiba City Art and Culture Newcomer Award Winning Project).
In 2019, Egami held her solo exhibition at Whitestone Ginza New Gallery, ETSU EGAMI: Your Name?, the exhibition themed around 'dialogues in hometown'. Her oil paintings depicting blurred faces are interlocutors between herself and others, creating a sense of incongruity between time and space and reconciling the discomforts between languages.
She is also selected for Sovereign Art Foundation Art Prize 2019, as well as VOCA exhibition 2020 (Vision of Contemporary Art). VOCA is an exhibition aims to introduce prominent artists in the Japanese art world. Previous selected artists includes Takashi Murakami in 1994, and Nara Yoshitomo in 1997.


Egami Etsu [ Rainbow-2020-077 ] 90.9 × 116.7, Oil on canvas, 2020

Egami Etsu [ Rainbow-2020-075 ] 90.9 × 116.7, Oil on canvas, 2020

Egami Etsu [ Rainbow-2020-072 ] 72.7 × 90.9, Oil on canvas, 2020

Egami Etsu [ Rainbow-2020-107 ] 117.0 × 166.2, Oil on canvas, 2020