Rinne V

Rinne V (Reincarnation V), 2012; oil, gold and silver on wood (black walnut); 22 x 20 1/4 inches (55.9 x 51.5 cm)

Fish 1

Fish 1, 2014; oil, gold and silver on wood (black walnut); 17 x 39 inches (43.2 x 99 cm)

 

Deep-sea Fish A

Deep-sea Fish A, 2013; oil, gold and silver on wood (paulownia); 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (24 x 37.5 cm)

 

Deep-sea Fish B

Deep-sea Fish B, 2013; oil, gold and silver on wood (paulownia); 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (24 x 37.5 cm)

 

Deep-sea Fish C

Deep-sea Fish C, 2013; oil, gold and silver on wood (paulownia); 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (24 x 37.5 cm)

 

Deep-sea Fish D

Deep-sea Fish D, 2013; oil, gold and silver on wood (paulownia); 9 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches (24 x 37.5 cm)

 

Nagai Megumi - Rinne-IIRinne II (Reincarnation II), 2011; oil and gold on black walnut; h. 22 x w. 20 1/4 in. (55.9 x 51.4 cm)

 

mn-1Kiss, 2015, oil, gold, and silver on wood, h. 15 x w. 15 in. (38 x 38 cm)

 

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Kodama1, 2015, oil, gold, and silver on wood, h. 14 x w. 9 in. (35.6 x 22.9 in)

 

mn-4Fish II, 2015, oil, gold, and silver on wood, h. 13 x w. 39 in. (33 x 99 cm)

 

mn-5Kodama III, 2015, oil, gold, and silver on wood, h. 13 x w. 16 in. ( 33 x 40.6 cm)

Nagai Megumi

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“Inspired by Japanese fables and Edo period artists, Japanese born artist Megumi Nagai's exquisite renderings of inner fantasies reveal a passionate and humorous soul; a gentle person of enormous strength.” (Elizabeth A. Sackler, President, Arthur M. Sackler Foundation)

In her most recent work, Nagai Megumi revisits the spirituality of her native Japan and the legacy of Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, evoking her own faith as she endeavors to give form to the Buddhist concept of rinne, or rebirth. Inextricable from the blocks of mahogany and burl on which they are painted, these works express visually the cycle of the soul as it turns, the wooden contours of the grain imbuing each with the inimitable uniqueness of life.

She possesses a deep respect for wood as a medium, and says, “Wood contains spirit; it is alive, an element.” Her style and technique change according to the wood she uses, based on the texture, grain, color, and irregularities that make each piece unique. In doing so, she combines ancient Japanese artistic traditions dating from before the Heian period (c. 794-1185) with Western techniques to express her own singular vision of the world.

Born in Japan in 1951, Nagai received her degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1975. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Public collection includes the Brooklyn Museum.


Nagai Megumi Exhibits

Selected Exhibitions

2009
Onishi Gallery New York
2008
SOFA New York
2008
Onishi Gallery, New York
2007
Onishi Gallery, New York
2007
Tokyo University of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2006
YMCA Benefit Art Auction, New York
2005
Asian Cultural Center, New York
2005
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (open studio), Brooklyn