Ninjin Art film reveals new visions of beauty in Japanese art
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Ninjin Art film reveals new visions of beauty in Japanese art
Film still showing work by Japanese painter Kaori Miyano.

ST AUSTELL.- To mark Tokyo Park's first exhibition of Japanese modern art outside the UK, Ninjin Art Productions has unleashed a new music-driven film that details Tokyo Park's Onna No Ko exhibition at the Old Street Gallery in London's Shoreditch this past June. Entitled 'Onna No Ko: New Visions of Beauty', the music-video-esque short film has a run time of 5 minutes 10 seconds and features an electro house soundtrack produced by the film's director and award-winning animator Ignatius Rake.

"The Onna No Ko exhibition was excellent," Ignatius says. "Japanese modern art is without doubt the most vibrant, uplifting and accessible around. The nine artists shown exemplified this perfectly, marrying together a diverse range of styles, media and influences, including elements of manga, anime and Showa kitsch, using acrylic, oils and watercolours on canvas, paper and wood."

While the art shown ranged from the stylistically simplistic to the highly intricate and ultrarealistic, the result was a unified whole of beauty and colour all linked by the common theme of the female form in modern Japanese art. "To be able to film the Onna No Ko exhibition was a sublime delight," Ignatius continues. "There is simply no other curatorial team like Tokyo Park when it comes to the levels of skill, taste and discernment shown in choosing and presenting the finest modern art coming out of Japan right now."

Amazingly, the whole show nearly didn't happen at all due to the sudden and highly unscheduled closure of the original venue on the very afternoon that Onna No Ko was set to open. Fortunately, the Old Street Gallery was able to step in at the last minute and disaster was averted. "It would have been awful if Onna No Ko had been cancelled through no fault on the part of Tokyo Park nor the artists," Ignatius say. "Not only would it have been a huge waste of everybody's energy and efforts, it would have robbed those who enjoy the very finest in Japanese modern art the chance of doing just that."

And to that end, art lovers can savour more cutting-edge Japanese modern art right now at Tokyo Park's new exhibition at Casual Lounge in Lisbon, Portugal. Entitled Tokyo Vibes, the show will run until December 23 and feature the work of numerous Japanese modern artists, including various painters featured in the Onna No Ko show, such as Hinano Niimi, Kaori Miyano and Syuka.

"Tokyo Vibes is a brief and concise presentation of Japan's newest artistic generation as well as the most established," says Tokyo Park founder and show curator Martim Barroso. "Our intent is to promote these artists for the very first time in Portugal. Everybody is welcome to come to Casual Lounge and see our wonderful collection of paintings."

Tokyo Vibes will run from 4pm to 2am every day except Sundays until Saturday, December 23 at Casual Lounge, Rua Bartolomeu Dias, 148 B 1400-031 Belém, Lisbon. Meanwhile, the 'Onna No Ko' film can be watched online at the Ninjin Art website ( and on YouTube (

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