【Artist】 髙橋玉恵 Tamae Takahashi






This time, I’d like to introduce you to Tamae Takahashi, a contemporary art artist.

While working at Gallery SUDOH, she has been actively developing her artistic activities through solo and group exhibitions, as well as exhibiting overseas.

Her works are refreshing and clean, and every time you see them you can feel a fresh breeze!

I hang them in my bedroom and at the entrance.






    I visited her studio and listened to her stories and explanations of her works.

    Hearing what’s behind the work, which is not easy to hear, makes the work feel fresher!

    It takes less than 10 minutes to watch the entire first and second parts, so please take a look at !!

    I’ve known her for 20 years, but there was a fact that I didn’t know.


    「現代アートのアトリエから No.1 」 「From one of a contemporary art studio. No.1」


    「現代アートのアトリエから No.2 」「From one of a contemporary art studio. No.2」

















    Here are the details of the interview that I couldn’t share on YouTube!

    ☆What is a theme or a concept when you work?

    As a student of senshoku (dyeing) at university, I started making works almost trying to express something visible, like surrounding seasonal views.

    And, when working on a graduation piece, I came across a material called silk organdy, which led me to trying an expression of colors or shapes seen through layers of cloth sheets. This sense of colors I got then still works for my production today.

    Graduating from the university, I worked using paper as a support for some time, and began to try an expression of something invisible, such as feeling or emotion of my own. Though I now use different materials, the sense for colors, shapes, patterns or working method is even now based on the experience I got with senshoku.

    In 2003, I had the first solo exhibition, a start of my career presenting some works. But, in the year, my mother got ill, and I inevitably became aware of human life everyday thinking of various matters — I realized that man’s life force has enormous potentiality or great possibility. The experience at that time is to have a strong influence on my production, working as a subject matter. Even today, this thought remains basic to my artistic activity.

    Another big influence on my work is an experience that I was engaged in Higashi Nihon Genki Art Project for the area stricken in Great East Japanese Earthquake; artists and musicians did supporting activities through exhibitions and concerts. Though wondering how the residents there who experienced such a great terror would accept our art or music presented during our very brief stay, we unexpectedly received not a few favorable responses from them, such as “We were relieved even for a moment” and ” Your music and art gave us a start of looking forward.” We confirmed that art or music can be helpful for people. I have come to believe “there must be more roles expected of art.”


    While these two experiences are definitely a basic to my activities and a motive of creating works, I work according to things I feel I want to express for now.

    ☆What do you think of when you’re working? 

    I try to be faithful to my nature as much as possible, and think about what I want to express and how I can do it. I face to the canvas in good breathing. I’d like to make things naturally coming out of myself into a work using paintbrush.  

    ☆As an artist, where do you find a joy?  What motivates you to keep working?

    I find extreme joy in making a work as I wanted, and succeeding in conveying something to viewers through the work I presented. The joy is one of my precious motivations to work.

    ☆How do you enjoy your own work or other artists’?

    A work has much energy; a work I hang at home somehow gives me a power, and makes my daily life more pleasant or refreshed. This is such a sense as I feel I’m glad seeing a work, whether or not the work is done by me. Works by others seem to let me feel the artist closer to myself.




    Notes after the interview

    I first met Ms. Takahashi 20 years ago as a coworker working together at Gallery SUDOH.

    She has had many solo and group exhibitions as an artist, and is committed to exhibitions and projects from the standpoint of both the artist and the Gallery.

    As I interviewed her, I learned about her core thoughts and feelings, and I think I now understand why her work is so light, yet powerful.


    【Artwork】髙橋玉恵  Tamae Takahashi

    協力 すどう美術館 Gallery SUDOH

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