fine art

painting

Kaya started painting under the mentorship of Noriaki Sangawa, a Japanese artist who is a member of the internationally recognised art group Ryu, founded by Tosihiro Hamano. 

She mostly paints in the style of classical realism and prefers to work from life whenever possible as it is the only way that enables judging subtle shifts in light and colour. Each composition is carefully planned. After the rough sketch is transferred to the canvas, her painting method is mostly direct, with some glazing in the finishing stages. Studying the techniques of old and new masters, Kaya is implementing the knowledge into an evolving personal method.

Kaya's work met with immediate success when her first ever submission to an international painting competition (Utazu Art Award 2016, Japan) was not only accepted for the group exhibition that featured artists from all over the world, but was also featured on the cover of the catalogue. The painting was subsequently also used as the representative image of a group exhibition of Slovenian artists in Japan. In 2017, she had first solo show, in the National and university library in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She regularly participates in group shows with Leyden gallery, London, UK, her work being displayed alongside well-known names such as Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Paula Rego, Nan Goldin and Leonor Fini.  Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Japan, Slovenia and The Netherlands.

"With a background in film-making, Kaya Tokuhisa’s ‘dramatic’ still life oil paintings offer a re-interpretation of the traditional still life genre, which is unusually conceptual. Lighting is used to create the appropriate mood of a particular situation, just as it would on a film set or stage, and her objects take on an anthropomorphic significance as human characters."

-Adriana Černe
art historian, curator at Leyden gallery and lecturer at The Royal College of Art

collect

A list of available paintings and their prices can be found here - prints (giclée) available as well. Enquiries about commissions are welcome.

exhibitions

Utazu Art Award Biennale 2020

group exhibition

U-Plaza Utazu

Kagawa, Japan

5. - 13. December 2020

Creature (Dis)comforts

group exhibition

Leyden Gallery, London, UK

16. July 2019 - 27. July 2019

Noriaki Sangawa, Kaya Tokuhisa

two-person exhibition

Steklena galerija Logatec, SI

19. Septemeber - 2. October 2018 

Utazu Art Award 2018

group exhibition

U-Plaza Utazu

Kagawa, Japan

April - May 2018

Kaya Tokuhisa, Noriaki Sangawa

two-person exhibition

Hotel San Martin, Goriška Brda, SI

23. March - June 2018 

Winter Salon

group exhibition

Leyden Gallery, London, UK

6. December 2017 - 13. January 2018

Mixed Summer Exhibition

group exhibition

The Russell Gallery, London, UK

29. June - 9. September 2017

Izginotja (Disappearances)

solo show

Kavarna NUK - The National and University Library Café, SI

June 2017

Winter Salon 2016

group exhibition

Leyden Gallery, London

December 2016 - January 2017

Summer Preview

group exhibition

Leyden Gallery, London

August-September 2016

Platform for Emerging Arts #11

group exhibition

Leyden Gallery, London, UK

July 2016

スロベニア作品展  

(Exhibition of Slovenian works of art in Japan)

group exhibition

Tsukumo Gallery

​White Cube Takamatsu

Takamatsu, Japan

June 2016

 

 

Utazu Art Award 2016

group exhibition

U-Plaza Utazu

Kagawa, Japan

April-May 2016