けみ芥見 chemi AKUTAMI
Chemi Akutami was born in Gifu City in Gifu Prefecture in 1979. His mother was an artist, and he grew up drawing pictures as a hobby.
At the age of 32, Chemi started his life as an artist. He first painted on canvases and found that canvases were not suitable for his art. After he tried many materials such as stones, wood, and more, he came across Japanese paper, washi. He has worked on various kinds of washi, and he realized that Mino washi from Gifu, his hometown, is the best material to express his art.
Hidekazu Ishihara is an artistic craftsman of traditional Mino Washi. Chemi was moved so much by Mr. Ishihara's washi and he became his apprentice. Now he is practicing to make his own washi to create and work with his artworks. He also created his own way to show his art with Mino Washi. The technic is called Rakusui-sukiyo (落水透世).
He had his first exhibition at a gallery in Le Marais in Paris and a curator from Versace liked his artwork. His work was used at an event called “VERSACE Fashion Art 2015" in Monte Carlo. His goal is to introduce Mino Washi and the beauty of Japanese contemporary art.
「Four season」gallery metanoia / Paris FRANCE
「Four season」Victorian Craft GALLERY / Matsumoto Nagano JAPAN
「Japanese-style month name」gallery metanoia / Paris FRANCE
「Japanese-style month name」ARTE GIAPPONE / Milano ITALIA
「Japanese-style month name」Huashan1914 / Taipei TAIWAN
「OTSUKI」STRIPR’S SPACE / Roppongi Tokyo JAPAN
「Jiku」NPC iShop / Ochanomizu Tokyo JAPAN
「Jiku」gellery metanoia / Paris FRANCE
「JAPAN ART EXPO 2015」Gallery 21 / Bangkok THAILAND
「GALPORE」MARUEI / Nagoya JAPAN
「AKITSU KIMONO」Gellery Carre Dore / Mnte Carlo MONACO
「Ninin Ten KenichiOgawa&ChemiAkutami」NPC iShop / Ikebukuro JAPAN
「Chemi Akutami」MaKaRi / New York USA
「TOKYO CRAZY KAWAII TAIPEI」Flower Expo Park / Taipei TAIWAN
「VERSACE Fashion Art 2015」Gellery Carre Dore / Mnte Carlo MONACO
「SATOYAMA EXPO」ISHIZAKA.Co / Tokorozawa JAPAN
「FUSION Joint Exhibition Tokyo 2016」THEATRE CYBIRD / Daikanyama JAPAN
It is original technique "Raku-Sui-SUKI-Yo" which Chemi Akutami devised.
After having painted a picture, I put the Japanese paper which has just finished being not crowded (getting wet) on the picture. And I drop water with a shower like rain on the Japanese paper.
("Raku-Sui-Paper" is the technique developed in Mino-shi,It is made a design to the Japanese paper by dropping water.)
The light and shade are made from dropping water on a surface Japanese paper and a back picture.
Seemingly we see it like the thin picture of the color because of the surface Raku-Sui-Paper,but a picture stands out by irradiating light from behind.