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Nana Shiomi

About The Artist

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1956, Shiomi studied oil painting and printmaking at the Tama Art University (BA, MA), Tokyo, before she came to London to study contemporary art and received an MA in printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 1991. She has been living and working in London since 1989. Shiomi is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Japan Artists Association Inc. Rabley Contemporary is Shiomi's representing gallery since 2012. In 2017 Rabley Contemporary and Nana Shiomi co-published This Side and the Other Side, Nana Shiomi Woodcuts 1996 - 2016 .

Internationally, Shiomi's work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK, United States, Italy, Japan, Iran, Finland, Slovenija, Ireland, China and Portugal. Her work is held in a number of public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Oriental Museum, Durham, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, USA, Royal College of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, London, Brunel University, Middlesex, Aberystwyth University, Wales and Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan.

Filled with a desire to learn more about the world, I left my native Japan and came to live in England. But as I struggled towards my goal of becoming an international artist, I began to realize that if I were to embody internationalism in its truest sense, I must first understand my own national background. I cast aside my own point of view and re-examined myself from the perspective of 'the other'. It was not the quickest path to take. It was only by travelling half way around the world to another country and through living in London as a foreigner that I could find the well I had to dig. Here I found my Japanese-ness!

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