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Exhibition: Works from the CRS Collection by Miori Inata, Mayumi Nashida, and Chiharu Nishiyama
January 21, 2013 - February 26, 2013
西山千晴 / Chiharu Nishiyama
Chiharu Nishiyama is a painter who has participated in numerous international exhibitions in Europe as well as in Japan. Her inspiration is essentially religious and philosophical. This painting of a unicorn was created by Chiharu specifically for CRS and the beautiful frame carefully chosen to compliment it.
Through Chiharu Nishiyama, we meet the tradition and spirit of the Orient, and witness a more original, formative revival. The natural features of Japan that she depicts are neither mere scenery, people, nor buildings. They are imbued with the very breath of the spirit and gods that give life to the hearts and minds of the Japanese.
— from Paul Ambile’s profile of Nishimura for Art Maison International
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Chiharu majored in acrylic painting. Her work has won numerous awards including the Joan of Arc Glory Prize at the International Art Festival 2004 Chateau de Blois, the Côte d’Azur International Art Award at the 2004 Cannes International Arts Festival, the Avignon Festival award in 2004, the International Art Exhibition of Contemporary Art Achievement Award 2005, the Award OASISU International 2006 from Malta Tourism Minister Francis Zammit-Dimetchi, III Prize exhibition at the Auditorium Maurice label Arts Festival Japan 2007 Monaco from Rainier III of Monaco, and Winner Le Salon in 2001 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006. She is an officially recognized painter A.M.S.C. 2005, a Spanish National Prado Museum Foundation member in 2005, and a Japan International Artists Association member JIAS 2007.
稲田美織 / Miori Inata
Miori Inata’s photographs have been exhibited widely at galleries in Japan as well as in NY, NJ, and Israel. Her work appears in the Harvard University Fidelity Photography Collection and has been published by Random House – Kodansha and by Vogue Japan. She has a B.A. in Art specializing in oil painting and printing from Tama Art University of Tokyo, Japan and later attended the Southampton College L.I.U. Photography Workshop.
I take pictures to capture a moment of beauty. I like to take photographs of an object as it appears at the moment. I want to preserve a particular moment, a moment that will never happen again in exactly the same way. This idea comes from the Japanese “Chado” (the tea ceremony) — the idea that weather, light, season and time are changing all the time. All things exist by chance, yet I believe that they are connected to each other by inevitable coincidences. Therefore, I appreciate the fact that I can be present at that moment. I have also traveled extensively throughout the world expanding my awareness and catching moments of particular light in different settings. Wherever I travel, the world in my photography is very quiet and peaceful. I hope people will love the earth more with my photos of the beauty in the world. — Miori Inata
梨子田 まゆみ / Mayumi Nashida
Mayumi Nashida is a professional photographer based in NYC since 1993. She specializes in photographing musicians, artists, and actors. She has shot Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, U2, Yoko Ono, Celine Dion, Yo-Yo Ma, Tool, The Strokes, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, James Blunt, Oasis, Richard Gere, and many others.
Prior to moving to the US, she worked as creative coordinator for Sony Music, where it was her job to assemble CD jackets and promotional materials for Sony musicians. While there, she taught herself photography.