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Art Exhibition Review: Works On Nature & Dance/Movement By Hiroko Imada

Expressive moods in colour!

Hiroko Imada art exhibition Riverside Studio GalleryRiverside Studios Gallery London – 16 March – 7 April 2013

On Monday, 18 March Diverse Japan attended a private viewing of the exhibition Works on Nature & Dance/Movement by Japanese artist Hiroko Imada, which is being held at the Riverside Studios Gallery in London from 16 March until 7 April (see foot of post for opening times). The exhibition is registered with JapanJap400, a collection of events, including the stage production of Anjin: The Shogun and the English Samurai, taking place throughout 2013 to commemorate the start of diplomatic, trading, scientific and cultural relations between Britain and Japan in 1613.

The weather that day was cold, wet and dreary, typical for London this time of year, and a real contrast to the works on display. The strong warm colours dispel any sombre thoughts or feelings one might have had before entering the exhibition proving that a painting can indeed alter our mood and emotions, and could even have healing qualities.

Hiroko Imada art exhibition Riverside Studio Gallery

Nature & Dance/Movement – Riverside Studio Gallery

Hiroko Imada art exhibition Riverside Studio Gallery

Nature & Dance/Movement – Riverside Studio Gallery

Hiroko Imada art exhibition Riverside Studio Gallery pic 3

Nature & Dance/Movement – Riverside Studio Gallery

The rich, lush colours Hiroko uses convey her personal interaction with the painted subject. With her strong brushstrokes she doesn’t try to imitate the natural world or a form of dance as much as she tries to express their spirit by harmoniously arranging the colours and shades. For example: She marries well the intense red against a calm blue in the painting ‘Shepherd’s Cottage Garden II’, and the yellow and green applied to ‘Study for Summer Garden IV’ effortlessly intertwine, becoming lost in one another. In some of her work Hiroko’s style appears unconventional and yet gives the impression of being very structured.

‘Shepherd’s Cottage Garden II’ by Hiroko Imada

‘Shepherd’s Cottage Garden II’ (Acrylic on paper) by Hiroko Imada

Hiroko Imada - 'Study for Summer Garden IV'

‘Study for Summer Garden IV’ (Watercolour & crayon) by Hiroko Imada

You may be forgiven for first thinking that her work is of a feminine quality only, but you will soon see as you pass along the exhibition that there are other pieces such as ‘The Waterfall in Summer’ that are very masculine in manner and are cooling in comparison, therefore, consequently, ensuing a fine balance of yin and yang – female and male. Certainly, although her style may appear to be mainly of Western influence the choice of colours and their various tones she applies to her work are very much in keeping with this Eastern philosophy of opposites: cold (yin) and hot (yang); dark (yin) and light (yang). We can also see how as a student of ballet Hiroko has applied her skills in movement of the body to selected pieces. As we gaze upon ‘Valse Brillante’ we begin to imagine the brush becoming an extension of her allonge arm as she maintains aplomb whilst rhythmically painting on canvas at a joyous pace.

‘Waterfall in Summer' (Lithograph, hand coloured) by Hiroko Imada

‘Waterfall in Summer’ (Lithograph, hand coloured) by Hiroko Imada

Valse Brillante, Lithograph, 75.0X107.0 cm, May 1996

Valse Brillante (Lithograph & Silkscreen) by Hiroko Imada

Overall, Hiroko has without a glitch achieved what she had set out to do, which is to present works inspired by her two primary passions – Nature and Dance/Movement – using various two dimensional techniques. The result is pure and honest.

DJ recommends you take the time to visit this exhibition and see and feel for yourself the power and energy of the combination between movement and colour within the artistic work of Hiroko Imada.

All the pieces within the showcase are for sale.

‘Summer Garden’ (Acrylic on Canvas) by Hiroko Imada

‘Summer Garden’ (Acrylic on Canvas) by Hiroko Imada

About Hiroko Imada

Born in Tokyo, Hiroko Imada studied at the Tokyo Zokei University and later at The Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). Her degree show in 1992 caught the attention of Times Art Critic David Cohen, who described her work as ‘heralding an impressive new talent’. In 1992, Hiroko was awarded the British Council Fellowship for her achievements at The Slade. She is now based in London.

Hiroko works in various different media and has lectured at universities including University College London, University of the Arts London, as well as at art colleges and higher education schools throughout the UK. She also specializes in teaching Japanese woodblock printing, papermaking and folded screen making, and established a Japanese woodblock printing course at the British Museum in 2000. Since then, she has been teaching there regularly. In addition, Hiroko has held workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Durham Oriental Museum and Bristol City Museum, as well as at many other museums and art galleries. Since 2008, she has been invited to run the Japanese Woodblock Printing workshop at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin every year.

Hiroko has exhibited throughout Europe and Japan.

‘Summer garden VII’ (Acrylic on Canvas) by Hiroko Imada

‘Summer garden VII’ (Acrylic on Canvas) by Hiroko Imada

Contact details:



Email: hirokoimada.uk@gmail.com

Riverside Studios Gallery info:


Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL  – Map

Opening times:

Mon-Fri 10.00-22.00, Sat 10.00-22.00, Sun 10.00-22.00

Box Office:

Daily 14.00-21.00 (excluding holiday periods)

Tel. 020 8237 1001

Email. gallery@RiversideStudios.co.uk


Japan400 official logo

Japan400 official logo

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  1. March 22, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Wonderful art! I especially like the Waterfall in Summer =). There’s something so therapeutic about visiting an art gallery or museum.


    • March 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      I agree. If you can connect with the artwork it can have a very calming effect. The Waterfall in Summer is one of my favourites too.


      • March 22, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        We have some Japanese art like a Musashi/ Kojiro, the red and white kabuki and a few Otsuka prints…however nothing like these in your post, the abstract can be so interesting and they’re definitely a conversation piece for when family or friends come over to visit =).


  2. March 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Thank you so much for your nice comment. It is truly encouraging! Hope you can visit the show. If you find me at the Riverside Studios please say Hi to me!


  3. March 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    MorningBerryz :

    We have some Japanese art like a Musashi/ Kojiro, the red and white kabuki and a few Otsuka prints…=).

    Wow! Sounds fab, I bet your home is very colourful and visually stimulating, MorningBerryz. I have only one Japanese work of art on my wall. Mind you it’s rather large and was quite expensive – it’s a Japanese woodblock print in three sections. I have many Japanese ornaments around the house though 🙂


  4. April 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks, I really enjoyed this – so much colour! It prompted me to head over to Riverside Studios, see the pictures for myself and write my own mini review:


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