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Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are pleased to announce that Asako Iwasawa has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Ronin|Globus Artist-in-Residence Program. As artist-in-residence, she will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s summer exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan: Kacho Fugetsu. In addition, she will receive up-to-a-one month stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a stipend, and transportation between Tokyo and NYC. During her time in New York, Asako Iwasawa will also be invited to use Brooklyn Botanic Garden as inspiration and as an en plein air studio. Ryo Shinagawa was named first runner up, and several of his works will also be featured in the exhibition Contemporary Talents of Japan. Finalists included Kotaro Isobe, Mitsuki Noguchi, Megumi Yamaura, and Kei Kato.
Asako Iwasawa is a contemporary Japanese painter from Akabane, Tokyo. She graduated from Tama Art University’s Textile Design course before managing Design Studio Himiko. She later discovered a passion for kimono design and worked at the batik studio Kimono Studio Dye Laboratory. Iwasawa spent 10 years living as a farmer in the countryside, indulging her love for nature. Though she returned to the city, she brought the vivid world of insects, plants, and natural beauty back with her. In her words, “nature is full of thrills and wonders...it impresses me to no end and fuels my imagination...I aspire to portray the mysterious shapes and colors of nature, what we see and don’t see.” Iwasawa looks beyond the physical reality of the natural world and portrays the spirit of nature in her paintings. As she treads the boundary between imagination and landscape, she challenges her viewers’ sense of place. She received an honorable mention in the 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence program.
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About the Program
Following a highly successful second year, Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are excited to announce the next Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program is scheduled for May 2018. Open to Japanese artists, this annual program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue by providing the opportunity for Japanese visual artists to live, work and exhibit in New York City. The selected Artist-in-Residence will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan. In addition, they will receive a two to three week stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a $1000 cash stipend, and a round-trip ticket between Tokyo and NYC. There will be recognition of first and second runners up. A portion of the exhibition proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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