"I would like people to heal and get cured by viewing my artwork."

 

- I am happy to learn that someone is getting better after seeing and feeling my paintings -

 

Interview : Atsuko Dowling (Painteran artist)


About Atsuko Dowling

 

 Since starting her life as an artist in 1985 she has rapidly widened her fields of interest both domestically and internationally. She has exhibited her art at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art museum every year. She was written up in the "Artist Year Book of California" in 1992. She

had a private exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1993 and was recommended for the "Modern Chinese-Japanese Artists' "book in China in 1997. She became a member of and a judge for the "Toho Art Association", a famous selected publicly sponsored association in

1997.

 During the last 12 years she has traveled to and moved in some high flying places including the Imperial Household agency inside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Her works, "Bright Day" and "10,000 m Over Earth" were presented to Her Majesty the Empress. Her

Majesty displayed these works on the wall in the living room of the Imperial Palace for one

week after that.

 In 2004, an artwork with accompanying commentary appeared in the coterie magazine “ HEISEI “ in California. In 2005, she became a member of the “ Japan Artists Association “. She has exhibited her works at the “Tokyo-Ten“ exhibition at the Tokyo.

 Metropolitan Art Museum every year since 2008. Additionally she has participated in numerous domestic exhibitions at the National Art Center in Roppongi, Tokyo; the Tokyo Kudan Hall for the Italian Cultural Center, in Tokyo; the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, in Kobe; the Nara Prefectural Complex of Man Yoh Culture Center; the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Fukuoka, Kyushu along with many private exhibitions in Ginza, Tokyo. She has also exhibited in Serbia, Australia, Croatia, France, Turkey, Austria, Portugal and the USA.

 

 

Kindle Edition

Relax Art Salon:

Mental Relaxation Through Tranquil Art and Soothing Personal Music

Atsuko Dowling

 

eBook accompanied by soothing background music

- Feel rejuvenated from fatigue by the 'Art Salon' includes 60 minutes of music that offers healing -

A compatible combination of art and music provides soothing cerebral stress relief for modern people regardless of race, gender or age.

I seek to offer a relaxing sanctuary for healing through art and soothing music on an easy “access from home” platform. Take your time enjoying the ‘Art Salon’ which will unleash your mind and body in a relaxing way.

 

 


Interview : Atsuko Dowling (Painteran artist)


Tokyo native.

 Studied Japanese Traditional Painting (SUIBOKU-GA) and Oil Painting after graduating from college, and Japanese Modern style Painting (NIHON-GA) later.

 Received Artist names, "SHUGETSU (Harvest Moon 秋月)" and "TOhJO (Peach Flower Lady 桃女)".

 

1985 - 2007 A member and a judge of TOHO Artists Association

2008 - 2016 A member of TOKYO - TEN Artists Association

A member of Japan Artists Association –Japanese National Committee of International Association of Art

 

Awards and honors : 18 times

 

1985 - 2007 A Selected Artists' Group Exhibition "TOHO-TEN" at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

1991 Self-introduction in a book "Artists of California" (U.S.A.)

1992 "NIHON-GA" workshop at Wine Country Artists Group, California (U.S.A.)

1993 Solo Exhibition at Indianapolis Art Gallery (U.S.A.)

1995 Group Exhibitions in Napa, California, 6 times until 2002 (U.S.A.)

1996 Started to attend Group Exhibitions in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

1997 Her work, "Image of Grand Teton" was selected to print in "Modern Chinese and Japanese artists" (China)

2003 "Bright Day" and "10,000m Over Earth" were privately shown to Her Majesty the Empress at the Imperial Palace and accepted for display for one week in the living room there.

2004 "Dawn of Teton" & Self Art History were introduced in "HEISEI" magazine from

California (U.S.A.)

2008 - 2016 A Selected Artists' Group Exhibition "TOKYO-TEN" at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

2008 Solo Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

2009 The work "Quiet Water" was printed in a pictorial book "Beauty of Japan IV, Four Seasons in Japan, Autumn and Winter" as one of 161 modern artists of NIHON-GA (Japan)

2011 Group Exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan)

2011 A work was used as the cover art in the magazine "The Hot Air Quarterly" Summer issue (Number 19) also some self introduction (U.S.A.)

2011 Solo Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

2012 Group Exhibition at Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade (Serbia)

2013 Australia 2013 FIP "World Stamp Exhibition" at Royal Exhibition Building (World Heritage Building) in Melbourne (Australia)

2013 Cultural Exchange Exhibition in Zagreb (Croatia)

2013 Art Tile Event in Bercy Paris (France)

2013 Italian Wine Art Label Exhibition at Italian Institute of Culture (ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA) in Kudan Tokyo (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at National Art Center, Roppongi Tokyo (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at La Madeleine, 8 Arr. Paris (France)

2014 "Heart Art in KOBE -Succession of Beauty-" Exhibition at Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art

2015 "Heart Art in ASUKA 2015 -Recollection Exhibition to Mahoroba Man-yoh" at Nara Prefecture Complex of Man-yoh Culture, Asuka Village

2015 Memorial Exhibition of the 125th Anniversary of Japan-Turkey Amity at Cer Modern Arts Center, Ankara (Turkey)

2015 "Parallelaktion Kunst 2015" (Parallel Action Art Show) at "der Kunstraum in den Ringstrassen Galerien" (the art space in the Ring Roads galleries) in Vienna (Austria)

2016 "Heart Art in Tokyo" -AIDS Charity- at National Art Center in Roppongi Tokyo (Japan)

2016 Group Show at Museu do Oriente -National Orient Museum- in Lisbon (Portugal)

2016 "Heart Art in FUKUOKA" -The 2nd Art Gather Day in Fukuoka - at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Fukuoka (Japan)

In addition, attended numerous other exhibitions in California, Indiana, Europe and Tokyo.

 

Interview & Text : Shoichi Mukaida

Photo : Yamauchi 

 


Intimate interview with the artist.

 Atsuko Dowling lives in Hawaii for ease of return to Tokyo, a practical approach for realizing her work's brilliance. Firstly she is most interested in creating lasting tranquility and comfort for viewers of her paintings.

 

 

The following interview was conducted by "22nd Century Art"

 

"I wish to provide comfort for people through my artwork"


 

(22nd Century Art) - Thank you for giving us this valuable opportunity to speak with you Atsuko. How long will you stay in Japan this time?

 

(Atsuko Dowling) - I am happy to have this chance to introduce my art. Thank you for this opportunity. I will be in Tokyo about two weeks this time. I have many things to do here this time such as preparing for an exhibition. I am bustling about every day.

 

(22nd C) - Now, I would like to begin our interview. I have many questions to ask you. To start with, what is the reason you decided to publish an e-book along the lines of a virtual art salon?

 

(AD) - I believe I have been able to continue my activities with many people who support the direction of a virtual art salon. Many experts and others have given me encouraging words. I was especially moved by comments such as, "Your paintings cheered me up" and "Your paintings heal and cure me of my bad feelings". For this reason I am so glad that those people visit some art museums to see my paintings. The e-book allows access for some people who do not go to museums or cannot go to them easily. I would like them to see my artwork and give them some comfort from it, even for those that are not so interested in art itself.

 

I then thought about the younger generation people who are familiar with ebooks and can enjoy viewing my paintings while listening to downloaded music on their own devices. Finally, I came up with an idea for a virtual art salon.

 

(22nd C) - I did not know that you had thought about it so deeply. It makes sense, exactly.

 

(AD) - Thank you. I believe that books with CDs are common nowadays but I have not seen an e-book with music downloading capabilities yet. I wondered why not?

 

(22nd C) - I think it is an interesting and nice idea. It might be a good opportunity for people who feel awkward in visiting art museums.

 

(AD) - That is right. When compared with other countries, some aspects of Japanese art museums make people feel as if they are in a rigid place. I will be happy if those aspects are changed.

 

 

"My point and focus of origin has been on Japan from the beginning."


 

(22nd C) - You have been painting abroad for a long time. Why do you focus on and commit to Japanese style paintings?

 

(AD) - Well, I am after all Japanese although I married an American and became so called "international". I was born in Japan and still remain a Japanese citizen. Since I was born Japanese, I found it natural to want to paint in Japanese style. In addition, Japanese paintings have a long history but the style can be very troublesome or difficult to use so that is why in my opinion many artists choose not to use it. That is why I came into it and I always keep in mind that I embrace the traditional technique because of its firm history.

 

(22nd C) - I know that recently artists use many different materials and integrate them, a so-called “mixed media” approach. Like mixing acrylic paints or oil paints into Japanese style paintings.

 

(AD) - That is right. Many artists employ such “ mixed media”. I use only traditional materials of Japanese style painting which includes sizing on raw, unrefined Japanese WASHI paper which calls for glazing papers from the start. I would like to do as much as possible by myself.

 

(22nd C) - Had you already lived overseas when you began painting in Japanese style?

 

(AD) - No, I was still living in Tokyo at that time. However, I had already married with a foreigner by then so I understood that I would be living overseas in the near future.

 

(22nd C) - Since you were born and had lived in Japan, people sometimes want to have something that does not exist in Japan. In your case however, since your husband is an American, you had your Japanese roots to go back to in essence from the beginning as opposed to seeking something that was not in Japan. Isn’t that why you selected Japanese style paintings?

 

(AD) - That is correct ! Great !

 

 

(22nd C) - Thank you.

 

 

"To say what I am now means that I have never changed in this point."


 

(22nd C) - I would like to hear a little bit more about your roots. Have you been a fan of painting since you were a child ?

 

(AD) - Yes though I was very clumsy at painting unlike many classmates in school who produced good drawings.

 

(22nd C) - Oh, that must have been in art class, right ? Your works are evaluated as either good or bad.

 

(AD) - I wanted to paint when I was young but I gave up the idea to become an artist at that time, because other classmates were so good at drawing. I thought to enter an art college but I stopped as I thought it to be “impossible” to sum it up. It wasn’t until after I got married that I began to attend a traditional Japanese SUMI-ink painting class. The teacher was so stern that I often cried in the rest room. I felt that she did not teach well for beginners from the start. Once, she even poured black tea on a folding screen I was drawing. I was mortified by what happened.

 

(22nd C) - It sounds like it was an extremely ‘Spartan’ time, wasn’t it ?

 

(AD) - Yes but I understand it now. After all, paintings have to produce an atmosphere. If it is only producing beauty, then there is no meaning to it. I then had the opportunity to meet one of the modern Japanese style artists who had a class for painting.

He invited me to come & join his class and I did. He then asked me right away to join his association in order to show my painting at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Since that time it has become easier to succeed in my painting.

 

(22nd C) - So your success is partially the result of the Spartan education received by a teacher of traditional Japanese ink painting. What do you think of that ?

 

(AD) - Perhaps that is true.

 

(22nd C) - I have seen many Japanese art works from many artists. I felt that each one of your works has a different impression from any other artist’s works. Could you tell me your policy regarding your works ?

 

(AD) - It is hard for me to explain in words. After I finish a painting I feel as though there is nothing left in my head, like emptiness, upon completion of the work. I think it is enough that I can express myself through the painting at that time. I want to express directly whatever it is that I want to project through my work.

 

(22nd C) - Does the mental part of you relate simply to elements of your paintings such as the colors ?

 

(AD) - Yes, I do not think of those things in my head at all. Something mental, let’s say something emotional makes me choose the colors. Then I reflect upon it. Accordingly, completely different works come along every year.

 

(22nd C) - The diversity of your works is hiding something secret behind them.

 

(AD) - One time I use red color. At another time I use only pastel shaded colors. I do not use green or brown colors very often for the surface except that for the last two years I have been using them.

 

(22nd C) - So, your policy is that you want to express everything that you are now, isn’t it ?

 

(AD) - Yes, there has been no change.

 

 

"Lastly, here is the artist’s message."


 

(AD) - I derive pleasure from helping comfort people with my works.

I would be glad if people can feel some thing like “ I feel refreshed when I look at your works “.

Also I would be happy if people get energized to try something new as a result of seeing my works.

 

 

If you would like to get an artwork of the artist or contact the artist directly, is listed below;

 

http://www.dowling.sakura.ne.jp/index.html

 

 



プロフィール


Atsuko Dowling

 

Tokyo native.

 Studied Japanese Traditional Painting (SUIBOKU-GA) and Oil Painting after graduating from college, and Japanese Modern style Painting (NIHON-GA) later.

 Received Artist names, "SHUGETSU (Harvest Moon 秋月)" and "TOhJO (Peach Flower Lady 桃女)".

 

1985 - 2007 A member and a judge of TOHO Artists Association

2008 - 2016 A member of TOKYO - TEN Artists Association

A member of Japan Artists Association –Japanese National Committee of International Association of Art

 

Awards and honors : 18 times

 

1985 - 2007 A Selected Artists' Group Exhibition "TOHO-TEN" at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

1991 Self-introduction in a book "Artists of California" (U.S.A.)

1992 "NIHON-GA" workshop at Wine Country Artists Group, California (U.S.A.)

1993 Solo Exhibition at Indianapolis Art Gallery (U.S.A.)

1995 Group Exhibitions in Napa, California, 6 times until 2002 (U.S.A.)

1996 Started to attend Group Exhibitions in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

1997 Her work, "Image of Grand Teton" was selected to print in "Modern Chinese and Japanese artists" (China)

2003 "Bright Day" and "10,000m Over Earth" were privately shown to Her Majesty the Empress at the Imperial Palace and accepted for display for one week in the living room there.

2004 "Dawn of Teton" & Self Art History were introduced in "HEISEI" magazine from

California (U.S.A.)

2008 - 2016 A Selected Artists' Group Exhibition "TOKYO-TEN" at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

2008 Solo Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

2009 The work "Quiet Water" was printed in a pictorial book "Beauty of Japan IV, Four Seasons in Japan, Autumn and Winter" as one of 161 modern artists of NIHON-GA (Japan)

2011 Group Exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan)

2011 A work was used as the cover art in the magazine "The Hot Air Quarterly" Summer issue (Number 19) also some self introduction (U.S.A.)

2011 Solo Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo (Japan)

2012 Group Exhibition at Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade (Serbia)

2013 Australia 2013 FIP "World Stamp Exhibition" at Royal Exhibition Building (World Heritage Building) in Melbourne (Australia)

2013 Cultural Exchange Exhibition in Zagreb (Croatia)

2013 Art Tile Event in Bercy Paris (France)

2013 Italian Wine Art Label Exhibition at Italian Institute of Culture (ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA) in Kudan Tokyo (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at National Art Center, Roppongi Tokyo (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Japan)

2014 Group Exhibition at La Madeleine, 8 Arr. Paris (France)

2014 "Heart Art in KOBE -Succession of Beauty-" Exhibition at Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art

2015 "Heart Art in ASUKA 2015 -Recollection Exhibition to Mahoroba Man-yoh" at Nara Prefecture Complex of Man-yoh Culture, Asuka Village

2015 Memorial Exhibition of the 125th Anniversary of Japan-Turkey Amity at Cer Modern Arts Center, Ankara (Turkey)

2015 "Parallelaktion Kunst 2015" (Parallel Action Art Show) at "der Kunstraum in den Ringstrassen Galerien" (the art space in the Ring Roads galleries) in Vienna (Austria)

2016 "Heart Art in Tokyo" -AIDS Charity- at National Art Center in Roppongi Tokyo (Japan)

2016 Group Show at Museu do Oriente -National Orient Museum- in Lisbon (Portugal)

2016 "Heart Art in FUKUOKA" -The 2nd Art Gather Day in Fukuoka - at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum Fukuoka (Japan)

In addition, attended numerous other exhibitions in California, Indiana, Europe and Tokyo.