Kohei Nawa

Kohei Nawa

Leading Artist

Kohei Nawa will present, for the first time in London, a major installation of his work at the She Inspires Art event.

Kyoto based multi-disciplinary artist, Nawa is one of Japan’s most accomplished and sought-after young artists. His broad ranging oeuvre features objects adorned with beads of crystal glass and large-scale installations using resin, foam, water, oil and glue.


Image courtesy of SCAI THE BATHOUSE. Photo: Nobutada OMOTE 

Since his first solo exhibition in Tokyo in 2006 Nawa has become remarkably productive, receiving exceptional acclaim in Asia. In 2009 he presented his "L_B_S" exhibition at Maison Hermès Le Forum in Ginza and participated in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, where his exhibit was highlighted on the cover of the exhibition catalogue, attracting a great deal of international attention. In 2010, he exhibited at the Busan Biennale and represented Japan at the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh.


Image courtesy of SCAI THE BATHOUSE, Tokyo. Photo: Nobutada OMOTE.
Work created with the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès

Following this, Nawa had his first major solo exhibition at a public institution, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 2011. Nawa is an Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Arts and Design, famous across Asia and a favourite of Biennials in the East, but is still to be discovered in the UK. 


Image courtesy of SCAI THE BATHOUSE, Tokyo. Photo: Seiji TOYONAGA

Kohei Nawa’s major installation at Bonhams will include sound by Marihiko Hara. 

Kohei Nawa’s PixCell-Maria#15 and PixCell-Toy-Locomotive, from Nawa’s BEADS series, will be exhibited at the window at Pierre Hermé, 13 Lowndes St,  from 8th - 19th September. 


Photo by Nobutada Omote | SANDWICH

Works in the BEADS series are made by covering the surface of a motif with transparent spheres (cells), transforming each into a shell of light. The texture and colour of the object’s surface are absorbed and fragmented within countless cells, which become a collection of image elements, in other words, image cells or PixCell*.

The process of creating a PixCell work begins by collecting motifs from the Internet. After encountering an image (as a group of pixels) on the computer screen, Nawa procures the actual object and encapsulates it in cells. Once completely covered by cells, the motifs all take on the same sense of feel and distance. The large and small cells produce a lens effect, causing a visual experience with a unique depth and continuity in which multiple details can be ‘seen’ simultaneously.

*PixCell: Pixel (picture element)+Cell  [“PixCell” is a term coined by Nawa.]
Pierre Hermé, 13 Lowndes St, London, SW1X 9E

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Top Photo: Kohei Nawa, Trans-Double Yana (mirror), 180×114.7×33CM, aluminium & mixed media, 2012 Nobutada OMOTE | Sandwich Courtesy of: SCAI THE BATHOUSE, Tokyo and Arario Gallery