Resol Gallery Ueno

At "Resol Gallery Ueno" within the Living Lobby, up-and-coming artists showcase a variety of artworks embodying their thoughts and skills.

The unique artistic experience in Ueno, known as a town of academism, provides travelers with a distinct flavor beyond a typical hotel stay.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, the gallery also has a special exhibition section held every other month, offering visitors the opportunity for new discoveries and personal growth with each visit.

Permanent Exhibition

Here are some of the artworks on display in the permanent collection.

Sun and Moon(2020, Keita Shimizu, acrylic paint on wooden panels, Set of 2)

On the large pedestrian bridge in front of Ueno Station, there are two large objects themed around the sun and the moon. Each is placed at a different points on the pedestrian bridge, and although the "moon" object, in particular, is not well known, both are the creations of the late Shoji Yokokawa, an environmental designer and one of my mentors during my university days. By expressing the contrast between yin and yang within the abstract forms, these sculptures encourage travelers exploring the Ueno area to make small discoveries. Please visit them with deep respect for Mr.Yokokawa.

Panda(2020, Masaru Ishikawa and Keita Shimizu, acrylic paint on resin figures)

Derived from the block-type figure BE@BRICK originating in Japan, the symbol of Ueno, the panda,was painted in the color of cherry blossoms.
It is said that when a baby panda is licked by its mother, it turns pink, and the pink panda is a symbol of affection. This object, painted repeatedly with time and affection, grows with Resol Ueno, cherished by many customers.

EDO, rotated 90°(2020, keita Shimizu, print on canvas)

By inverting the colors of a late Edo-period map and rotating it 90 degrees, it transformed into a satellite image capturing a night view of Tokyo. Can you spot Resol Ueno?

Ueno(2020, Keita Shimizu, acrylic paint on wooden panels)

A painting emerged, depicting a historical town in a foreign land, crowded with numerous buildings, all sketched with simple black lines. Ueno is known for its many distinctive structures, and the idea arose of capturing their coexistence with a simple, childlike feeling rather than providing a detailed explanation. In the creation of this artwork, there was a deliberate effort to avoid overthinking, opting instead to paint with very simple emotions.

Profile

Keita Shimizu

Designer, Design Consultant
Born in 1974 in Tokyo.
After completing the Master's Program for Artists at Tokyo University of the Arts, Mr. Shimizu embarked on his career as a designer based in Milan.
Growing up in the United States and pursuing a designer's life in Italy, his inclusive designs, shaped from a globally cultivated perspective, have garnered acclaim both in Japan and internationally. Recently, he has expanded his involvement beyond product design, delving into hotel concept development and corporate design for a multitude of companies.

Special Exhibition

Here are some of the works on special exhibit this month.
Exhibition Period: June 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024

Ukiyo Fuji: Sunset across Ryogoku Bridge from the Bank of Sumida River at Onmayagashi(2022 Tempera F0)

Homage to Katsushika Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: Sunset across Ryogoku Bridge from the Bank of Sumida River at Onmayagashi.
This piece depicts the ferry connecting Miyoshi Town and Honjo, where the ferry-boats frequently capsized at the time and thus came to be known as "Sanzu no Watashi (ferry of the river Styx)".

Ukiyo Fuji: Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa(2022 Tempera F0)

Homage to Katsushika Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: Under the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa.
This piece offers a contemporary interpretation of Mount Fuji, which was originally depicted as a diminutive figure under the bridge.

Ukiyo Fuji: Fujimigahara in Owari Province(2022 Tempera F4)

Homage to Katsushika Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji:
Fujimigahara in Owari Province.
This piece presents a contemporary interpretation of Mount Fuji, originally portrayed as a tiny figure inside a barrel. By the way, Owari corresponds to present-day Aichi Prefecture. Could Mount Fuji be seen from Aichi?

Enoden (In Front of Kamakura Senior High School)(2023, Tempera F8)

Nowadays, due to the influence of inbound tourism, the pedestrian crossing in front of Kamakura Senior High School on the Enoshima Electric Railway has become even more famous than before the era of COVID-19.
It is one of the famous locations featured in the opening of the former anime series of the last year's blockbuster movie "Slam Dunk."

Profile

Koji Ogawa

Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1961. After completing master's degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts, Ogawa made his debut at the Kokuten in 1988. He was nominated for the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition in 1990 and won the Mayor's Award (Semi-Grand Prize) for the Beppu Contemporary Painting Exhibition in 1995.
Using the classical technique of tempera, he collaborates with ukiyo-e and vividly expresses seasonal flowers, the scenery of Shonan area, etc., while fully leveraging the classical technique. He became a member of Kokugakai in 2006.

1984
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts
1986
Completed Master's Program at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts
1987
Research Student, Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts, Solo Exhibition -Newcomer Selection Exhibition-
(Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo)
1988
Solo Exhibition (Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo) - Also Held in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004
Kokuten (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) - Exhibited annually thereafter
1990
Exhibited at the Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition (The Ueno Royal Museum) - Exhibited annually since then until 1998
Award Nominee Touring Exhibition (The Hakone Open-Air Museum, etc.)
1995
2nd Beppu Contemporary Art Exhibition, Mayor's Prize (Semi-Grand Prize) (Beppu City Art Museum)
1997
Kokuten - Painting Section Encouragement Award (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)
1998
Nominated as Associate Member of Kokugakai
2006
Nominated as Member of Kokugakai
2009
Solo Exhibition (Hikari Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo)
2010
Solo Exhibition (Fukuhara Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo)
"Carrying the Heart of Peace" 2010 Japanese Painting Exhibition (Nanjing Art Museum, China)
2011
"Mizuiro no kai" Exhibition (Ichibata Department Store, Matsue)
Solo Exhibition (Umeda Hankyu Main Store, Osaka; Nagoya Sakae Mitsukoshi, Nagoya)
2014
Solo Exhibition (Ginza Gallery Azuma, Tokyo) - Also held in 2017
2015
Extensive Plain Exhibition (Artstudio & Gallery Nitty-Gritty, Ibaraki)
"Protecting Tigers and Elephants Charity Exhibition" (INOAC Ginza Namikidori Gallery, Tokyo)
2021
Personal Horizon (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Osaka Takashimaya, Kyoto Takashimaya, JR Nagoya Takashimaya) - Held annually thereafter
2023
FU-FU TEN Koji Ogawa × Hiroko Sekine (Ginza Gallery Azuma, Tokyo)