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Kay Watanabe

Born in Tokyo, Japan

Lives in Brisbane, Australia




Education

2008-2010 | Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE (Hornsby), Selective study in

Printmaking

2005-07| Ku-ring-gai Art Centre, Sydney
1998-99| Central St Martins (Evening printmaking courses), London
1997-98| Ega Dohanga Kobo (Ega Etching Studio), Tokyo

1983| International Christian University, Tokyo, BA in Liberal Arts
 

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo shows:
2016 | Winter Greetings, Narushima Coffee and Cozy Café and Bar, Tokyo
             “Under the Moonlight”, BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane
             “Whispers of the Universe,” Art for Thought, Ginza, Tokyo
2014 | Kay Watanabe Solo Show, Gallery G2, Ginza, Tokyo

2013 | Now & Then – Smalls, Carindale Library, Brisbane

           Now & Then, Hanasho, West End, Brisbane

 

Selected Group shows: 
2018|
Outside In, Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, Brisbane
Abstract, Petrie Gallery, Brisbane (Awarded 2nd place)
Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
NEW + S,  Galleria Aoneko, Tokyo


2017|
RBWH (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital) 150th Anniversary Art Award
New York International Miniature Print Award 2017 , Manhattan Graphics Center, New York (Awarded 3rd Place)
Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
IMPRESSIONS 11 (Impress Printmakers’ annual show), Brisbane
6th ab+mf show at QCA (Queensland College of Art) accompanying abbe (artist book bribane event) 2017 (three artist’s books), Brisbane
Lion's Club Art Extravaganza at Westfield Garden City, Brisbane
Cossag (Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group) annual art show, Brisbane (Winner of Printmaking prize)
Four printmakers’ show at Gallery G2, Ginza, Tokyo
Lethbridge 10000, Brisbane (selected)
Breathing Universe – two-artist show with Anna Bonshek, Impress Printmakers Gallery, Brisbane
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, UK
Two-artist show with Masako Masukata, Art for Thought, Ginza, Tokyo
Manly Artist’s Book Award, Sydney, Australia (finalist)
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular (finalist)
Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
Affordable Art Fair, Milan, Italy
Group show at Gallery G2, Ginza, Tokyo
Across the Ditch, Taylor Jensen Gallery, Palmerston North, NZ

2016|
It’s All about the Food, Hanasho, Brisbane
Disrupt, Jugglers Artspace, Brisbane
Across the Ditch, Impress Gallery, Brisbane
8 Japan, Hilltop on Tamborine, Queensland
Elements, Impress Gallery, Brisbane
50/50, Impress Gallery, Brisbane
Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane (finalist)
Petite Pieces, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
Women of Substance, Whitebox Gallery, Queensland College of Art (QCA), Brisbane
Regeneration, Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
Diversity in Print 2016, Royal Queensland Art Society Gallery, Brisbane (finalist and winner)
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane (Invited)

2015 |
MGC International Miniature Print Award, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, USA (Finalist)
Quintessence: Japanese Beauty through Lens and Press, Hanasho, Brisbane, Australia
Impressions 9, Impress gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Gippsland Print Award, Gippsland Art Gallery, Australia

Encounter, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns, Australia (exhibitor/ curator)

Wabi-Sabi: the Beauty of Impermanence, Redland Art Gallery, Australia
ENcounter, Impress gallery, Brisbane, Australia (exhibitor/ curator)
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, UK
International Miniature Print Exhibition 2015, Contemporary Center for Printmaking, Connecticut, USA (Finalist)
Wanderlust +Manhattan, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, USA
Miniprint International de Cadaques, Spain (also in 2012, 13, 14) (selected)
Flurry of Leaves, Impress gallery, Brisbane – artist book
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane (Finalist)
Works on Paper, Ginza Gallery G2, Tokyo
Botanics, Coastal Artisans, Noosa, Queensland

 

2014 |
Wanderlust, a travelling show (organised by PressNorth in Townsville,  Queensland) at Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane -   (selected)
 Impressions 8, Impress Printmakers Studio’s annual exhibition, Brisbane
 Blueprint, Baber Studio, Brisbane, Australia
 Inkmasters 2014, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Australia - selected
 Interconnections, Francis Rush Centre, Brisbane, Australia (3D work)
 Lethbridge 10 000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane – selected
 Miniprint International de Cadaques, Spain (also in 2012 and 2013) –(selected)
 Biennale international d'art miniature, Quebec, Canada – (selected)
 Mini Print International, Seacourt Print Workshop, Northern Ireland
 Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane, Australia – (selected)

2013 – 2014 | Vie de Pacifique, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery and other

galleries.

2013 | Minitiae, Rosebed St Gallery, Eudlo, Queensland

2011 | Beyond the Surface of the Page... Marianne Newman Gallery, Sydney


Awards
2018 |2nd Place, "Abstract" Exhibition, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane
2017 |3rd Place New York International Miniature Print Award 2017 , Manhattan Graphics Center, New York
2017 |Winner (Printmaking award) , Annual COSSAG (Cathedral of St Stephen Artist Group) Show
2017 |Highly commended,  Lion's Club Art Extravaganza (Mixed media section)

2016 |Winner (Other techniques division), Diversity in Print 2016, Royal Queensland Art Society
           Highly Commended (Etching), Diversity in Print 2016, Royal Queensland Art Society
2011 |Winner, Mini Print International, Asia Pacific
2009 |Highly Commended, Hornsby Art Award, Hornsby Art Society, Sydney



Curatorial works
2016
Sprout – Solo show by Karen Kaese (3D objects) (BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre)
Two artist show by Anna Bonshek (print) and Hiroaki Eba (ceramics) (BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre)
Traces- Solo show by Jennifer Stuerzl (BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre)
Two artist shows by printmaker Chris Hagen and ceramic artist Ray Caville (BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre)
Quintessence/ Kagero – photography by John Pryke and ceramics by Ken Kikkawa (BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Centre)
8 Japan (Hilltop on Tamborine, Gold Coast)
2015

Encounter, prints by 10 Japanese artists, Impress Gallery, Brisbane
Encounter, prints by 10 Japanese artists and Inkmasters Cairns artists, Canopy Art Space, Cairns




Collection
National Gallery of Australia
The Arm and Roller Press collection at the University of Hawaii
The School of Art Gallery and Museum at Aberystwyth University, Wales
Private collections in Australia, Japan and UK.



Events 
2018|BrisAsia, Brisbane City Council
2017|
GOMA (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art) Winter /Summer Design Markets
“Kisaragi-sai” Brisbane City Council’s major cultural event (printmaking demonstration and stall)
Open Day, Artisan – Queensland Craft and Design Centre (stamp carving demonstration and stall)
2016|
St Sebasitian’s Art and Design Showcase
“Kisaragi-sai” Brisbane City Council’s major cultural event (printmaking demoand stall)
2015 |
Song of Japan - Japanese-themed cultural event by Brisbane City Council in Mt Coot-tha (printmaking demonstration and stall)
“Kisaragi-sai” Brisbane City Council’s major cultural event (printmaking demonstration and stall)
2014 |
International Print Exchange (India)
“Kakehashi” charity event ( installation )
2013 | “Kizuna” charity event (workshops) (Brisbane, Australia)
2012 | “Kizuna” charitiy event  (workshops)
2011 | International Print Exchange (Green Door Printmaking Studio, UK)


Residency 
2018| The Pod, BrisAsia, Brisbane City Council



Workshops
Workshop coordinator for
Hands on Brisbane (2016- current )
Gallery Shin in Brisbane (2016)


Workshop tutor for
Brisbane Institution of Art (2018)
Flying Arts Alliance, Brisbane (2017)
Artisan –Queensland Craft and Design Centre (2017)
Raw Art (2017)
Art Alliance, Tokyo (2014 - current)
State Library of Queensland Shop (2014-current)
Impress Printmakers Gallery and Studio (2013 –current)
Art From the Margins, Brisbane (2013-current)
Hands on Brisbane (2012-current)
Brisbane Japanese Preschool and Education Centre Inc (Koala-gumi) (2013-current)
Gallery Shin, Brisbane (2016)
Ryokan Gojyuan, Sydney (2016)
A.R.T. Adult Art Classes, Brisbane (2014)
Rosebed St Gallery (2013)

Private tutoring, workshops,  printmaking demos (2012-current)


Stockists
Hand printed greeting cards are available at the Queensland Art Gallery and the State Library of Queensland shops.
Original prints are available through e-store at Gallery Klei in Sydney, Australia.

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