Nao Osada “At Least One”

Nao Osada
Printed sprayed paints
Screenprint, wood
61 x 49.5 x 17 cm

Maki Fine Arts is pleased to present At Least One, a solo show by Nao Osada, starting Saturday, September 17, through Sunday, November 6, 2022. This is Osada’s second solo exhibition at the gallery since her first show two years ago.

Nao Osada
Born 1988, Nao Osada received her MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts. Notable shows include, I see (solo, NADiff Window Gallery, 2022), (Something) Not Amounting to Much (solo, Maki Fine Arts, 2020), Breathtaking, for a while (solo, Open Letter, 2018), Playground for the Senses (group, ANB Tokyo, 2022), Shibuya Hikarie Contemporary Art Eye Vol.15 (group, Shibuya Hikarie CUBE, 2021), Encounters in Parallel (group, ANB Tokyo, 2021), Alex Dodge, Fuminao Suenaga, Nao Osada by Maki Fine Arts (group, CADAN Yurakucho, 2021), and Sunburn After Swimming in the Painted Pool (group, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Gallery, 2020).


Nao Osada – Medium and Dimension Liminal

September 3 – 27, 2022
Kakinokisou (31 Yokodera-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)



Nao Osada – Playground for the Senses

August 14 – September 19, 2022
ANB Tokyo



Nao Osada – Accumulations

July 2 – 24, 2022


Nao Osada “(Something) Not Amounting to Much”

Nao Osada
Screenprint, glass etching, frame
30.8 x 40 x 2 cm

Maki Fine Arts is pleased to present (Something) Not Amounting to Much, a solo show by Nao Osada, starting Saturday, July 11, 2020. In her first solo show with the gallery, Osada will showcase new works created using silk screen techniques. In these works, surface elements of everyday items such as Amazon shipping boxes and Ziploc freezer bags are printed onto materials, like plywood and acrylic boards, that differ from the original items. With close inspection, subtle differences in texture become apparent, leading viewers into a state of perceptual amazement. Osada’s creative process begins by carefully selecting familiar images from our daily lives and printing them onto various materials, transforming them into delicate objects. Through painstaking experimentation using manual silk screen techniques, the artist has succeeded in harmoniously joining image and material. In contrast to the restrained exterior of her works, the lighthearted and whimsical point of view–demonstrated by what is selected as subject matter–not only adds delight to the viewing experience but also illustrates the distinctive characteristic of Osada’s works. In (Something) Not Amounting to Much, modestly-proportioned new works in the form of wet wipe wrappings, food packaging, and even packaging stickers are scattered throughout the gallery space.

In order to be able to explain my work in English, I looked up the meaning of the word ‘trivial.’ Along with synonyms such as ‘minor,’ ‘petty,’ and ‘commonplace,’ I found the description ‘(something) not amounting to much.’ Here I was planning to use the word ‘trivial’ to express my work, yet it was as though the description of the word guessed it right for me instead. My creative process involves facing that ‘something’ even if it doesn’t amount to much.

Nao Osada

Nao Osada

Born 1988 in Kanagawa, Japan, Nao Osada received an MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016. Her recent shows include Outline (group, Maki Fine Arts, 2019), Smooth Accident (group, MA2 Gallery, 2019) and Breathtaking, for a while (solo, Open Letter, 2018). She is scheduled to be part of the upcoming Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2020 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Gallery A in September, 2020.

“outline” – Dusadee Huntrakul / Amanda Riffo / Manabu Kanai / Nao Osada / Aya Kurashiki

Dusadee Huntrakul
Highway 69
17 x 25 x 17cm

Maki Fine Arts is pleased to present Outline, a five-artist group show, starting Thursday, July 18, 2019. In their first exhibition with Maki Fine Arts, each artist will showcase works that experiment with mediums and examine surface layers, using minimal expression while maintaining independence.

Dusadee Huntrakul was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1978. He is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Berkeley. Recent shows include SUNSHOWER Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (The National Art Center, Tokyo + Mori Museum, 2017).

Amanda Riffo was born in Paris and currently lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. Riffo lived in Tokyo as an artist in residence in 2012 and 2013. Her solo shows include It’s about time (Youkobo Art Space, 2013).

Born 1983 in Tokyo, Japan, Manabu Kanai received his PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Melbourne from 2015 to 2016. Recent shows include Compiling Behaviors, Digesting Actions (Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, 2018).

Nao Osada was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1988 and received her MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2016. Her recent shows include Smooth Accident (group, MA2 Gallery, 2019) and Breathtaking, for a while (solo, Open Letter, 2018).

Born 1993 in Kobe, Japan, Aya Kurashiki completed her MFA in Painting from Kyoto University of Arts and Design in 2018. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Oil Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts. Outline will be Kurashiki’s debut show.