Gallery Exhibition: Manami Numata

The Frederick Harris Gallery’s summer series of exhibitions by emerging local artists wraps up with Manami Numata’s transfixing canvases that meld the physical and surreal realms.


A native of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Numata blends elements of both the recognizable and incomprehensible into her hand-painted frames.

The result is one that any art aficionado will recognize: by attempting to make sense of Numata’s seemingly convoluted scenes, we attempt to make sense of ourselves.

Numata’s challenging exhibition runs until September 27.

Artworks are available for purchase through The Cellar or online.

Artistic Thoughts

Moment I realized I wanted to become an artist.
MN: When I finished my first large-scale painting at 20 years old. I painted straight through the night until the sun came up. At that moment, with my heart trembling and a true feeling of being alive, I knew I wanted to make a living with my art. I would never be able to get that feeling by any other means.

What I would tell my 20-year-old self.
MN: It’s difficult to believe in yourself, but failing at something is not without meaning, so don’t be afraid to keep moving forward. Also, hang out with your friends more.

My perfect creative environment.
MN: Somewhere in nature. I recently relocated to a place with a clear view of the night sky, which suits me quite well.

Artist, living or dead, I’d most like to share a meal with.
MN: Fra Angelico [early Renaissance painter]. I imagine he was a quiet man, but I’m not a talkative person, either. I’d like to spend some time in the same monastery where he painted frescoes while listening to Florence’s church bells and nibbling on bread.

 

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