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ASAKO TABATA  田端麻子


1972   
Born in Kanagawa, Japan

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan


With intensely determined brushwork and a moody palette, Tabata depicts enigmatic human figures in a dreamy, Edvard Munch-like haunted atmosphere. Her subjects are frequently children, women, or genderless characters. They wear minimal facial expressions yet appear to be on the edge of being emotionally out of control. The works’ animistic quality and mix of whimsicality and maliciousness, channel artists such as Izumi Kato and Yoshitomo Nara. 
 

Art critic John Yau wrote of Tabata’s work in Hyperallergic, “The subject running through all of the works is the meeting place of one’s inner and outer life, of psychic states and outward responsibility, and the different frictions that can arise in that gap. Tabata looks clearly and directly into the chasm between the wandering, daydreaming mind and the fulfilling of one’s social obligations, between one’s disposition toward anarchic wildness and the recognition of accountability.” 
 

Tabata was born in 1972 in Kanagawa, Japan. After graduating Tama Art University and soon after becoming a mother and homemaker, she continued to make art. Not active on social media, Tabata has kept her work private with the exception of occasional shows in small galleries in Tokyo. Tabata had her first solo exhibition in the United States, “Cutting A Loquat Tree” at SEIZAN Gallery New York in 2022.  
 

EDUCATION

1996   
BFA in Oil painting, Tama Art University, Tokyo

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023
Asako Tabata: Wiping Makes it Dirtier, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Asako Tabata: Waste Of Cushion, SEIZAN Gallery, New York

2022  
Cutting a Loquat Tree, SEIZAN Gallery, New York


2021  
Himitsu no Barizogon, Gallery Eco-ann, Tokyo, Japan


2019  
Tasūketsu dakara, Art Space Mizu no Oto, Tokyo, Japan


2018  
Solo Exhibition, Gallery Echo-ann, Tokyo, Japan


2017  
See-Saw, Art Space Mizu no Oto, Tokyo, Japan


2015  
Solo Exhibition, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2014  
Solo Exhibition, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2013  
Solo Exhibition, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2012  
Solo Exhibition, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Solo Exhibition, Gallery Echo-ann, Tokyo, Japan

Solo Exhibition, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2011  
Solo Exhibition, Shonandai MY Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023  
ART MIAMI, SEIZAN Gallery booth, Miami, FL

VOLTA New York, SEIZAN Gallery booth, New York

2022  
PASSION!!, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2021  
Ghosts of Summer, SEIZAN Gallery, New York

JOKER, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2020  
On This Shore, SEIZAN Gallery, New York

A SINGLE ANT BITE, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

除災招福  JO SAI SHO FUKU (WARD OFF CALAMITIES, INVITE
GOOD LUCK): GODS AND YOKAI IN TIME OF PANDEMIC
, Online SEIZAN Gallery Tokyo & New York


2015  
SENSU, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2014  
Hyakki Yakou-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2013  
SENSU-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2010  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (through 2014)


2007  
HITO HITO-ten, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

PRESS

2023

Yau, John. “The Infinite, Never-Released Scream” Hyperallergic, September 14.
 

2022  
Yau, John, “Asako Tabata Paints a World Between Reality and Imagination,” Hyperallergic, February 24.

PUBLICATIONS

2021  
Illustration: Kawakami, Hiromi, translated by Ted Goossen, MONKEY Volume 2: Sea Horse, Switch Publishing Co.,Ltd.

EXHIBITIONS

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Summer Group Show

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Asako Tabata: Cutting a Loquat Tree

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Ghosts of Summer

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