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Ayako Tsuge Portrait

photo:Chika Kojima

Watercolor Artist

Ayako Tsuge

Profile

I grew up in an artistic family. My father, Eiji Takahashi, is a display designer and has achieved many satisfactory results in the museums and exhibitions. My elder sister is a pianist. My uncle is a commercial photographer. And my grandfather Akira, who was known as an artist Suiko, was a Japanese style painter, specializing in Bijinga, landscape paintings and Bird-and-flower paintings.
I have learned painting since I was young and majored in Japanese Painting in Nagoya University of Arts. After graduation, I became a watercolor painter and worked on pictures of advertisements of giant corporations and cover pictures of newsletters and journals.
My works are inspired steadily by the vitality of the seasonal flowers and created out of my own view of the world. And they keep grabbing the heart of the people. Especially they have reputation for outstanding clarity resulting from my eye for beauty.
My real name Ayako was given to me by my father Eiji.
I was awarded Illustrator of the year by the Japan Illustration Association in 2007.
I am currently represented by Advocate Art Illustration Agency.
Advocate art

Exhibitions

■Solo Exhibitions

2017

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2017

Takashimaya Nihombashi Store/JR Nagoya Takashimaya/
Daimaru Tokyo

2016

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2016

JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Shizuoka Isetan/
Shinjuku Takashimaya/Tamagawa Takashimaya

2015

Ayako Tsuge Exhibition

Art Club Quartier Latin 3F Gallery, Nagoya

Informel Love Heart

Gallery White Cube Website, Nagoya

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2015

JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Takashimaya Nihombashi Store/
Tobu Ikebukuro Department Store/Iyotetsu Takashimaya/
Daimaru Tokyo/Tobu Funabashi Department Store/
Urawa Isetan Department Store/Fukuya Department Store/
Sanyo Department Store

2014

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2014

JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Matsuzakaya Department Store/
Yokohama Takashimaya/Alpark Tenmaya/
Tobu Funabashi Department Store/Tobu Ikebukuro Department Store/
Kashiwa Takashimaya/Takashimaya Nihombashi Store/
Kawatoku/Tobu Utsunomiya Department Store/
Niigata Mitsukoshi/Takashimaya Takasaki Store

2013

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2013

Fukuya Department Store/Yamakataya Department Store/Iwataya Department Store/
JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Gifu Takashimaya/Matsuzakaya Department Store/
Kashiwa Takashimaya/Takashimaya Nihombashi Store

2012

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2012

Hanshin Department Store/Odakyu Department Store/Sanyo Department Store/
Daimaru Shimonoseki/Okayama Takashimaya/Yonago Takashimaya/
Nagasaki - Hamaya Department Store/Fukuoka Mitsukoshi/
JR Nagoya Takashimaya/Gifu Takashimaya/Daimaru Umeda/Matsuzakaya Department Store

2011

Ayako Tsuge Solo Exhibition 2011

Odakyu Department Store/Tokyu Department Store/
Iyotetsu Takashimaya/Kyoto Daimaru/Kobe Daimaru/Nihonbashi Takashimaya/
Nagoya Takashimaya/Osaka Takashimaya/Entetsu Department Store/Kyoto Takashimaya

2010

Informal-LOVE

Hyatt Regency Osaka
Gallery at the Lexus Senboku
(Exhibition produced by Art Projects MOONSTRUCK)

Ayako Tsuge Exhibition

Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku shop

Ayako Tsuge Exhibition

Sakae, Nagoya Mitsukoshi

2008

Aya Takahashi Exhibition "At the Time of Blessing"

Hyatt Regency Osaka

2006

A Message from Farmland

Gallery house MAYA, Tokyo

2005

Lights and Shadows

Gallery Sablier de Verrie, Nagoya

2004

A Messages from Farmland

Organic restaurant Hanakouj, Nagoya

■Group Exhibitions

2014

Yumito Yoshitaka & Ayako Tsuge Exhibition

Gallery Kurimoto, Nagoya

Afterwork

GALERIE LEHALLE, Paris

"Raison d'etre of art" Exhibition #18

Art Imagine Gallery Website, Tokyo

2013

Yuji Adachi & Ayako Tsuge Exhibition

cafe & bar 299, Nagoya

2009

Toronto International Art Fair(AGA-T Gallery)

Metro Toronto Convention Center, Canada

2008

Watercolor Exhibition

Mireya Gallery, Ginza Tokyo

2007

JAPANEASE ILLUSTRATORS IN NY

NYCoo Gallery

A Glitter of Soul

Galleryroad, Omotesando Tokyo

2006

INF2006

 

2005

Aichi World Exposition Citizen project "Sensurogu"

 

Aichi World Exposition Heart Art Project

 

WORKS

Please visit this site to see illustration works.

2016

Ayako Tsuge 2017 calendar release

 

Chubu Telecommunication Co. Magazine "C'esta"

cover vol.30, vol.31

2015

Kisoji

Poster 1, Poster 2

Ayako Tsuge 2016 calendar release

 

Chubu Telecommunication Co. Magazine "C'esta"

cover vol.28, vol.29

2014

Ayako Tsuge 2015 calendar release

 

Chubu Telecommunication Co. Magazine "C'esta"

cover vol.26, vol.27

2013

DVD of the watercolor painting lesson release

 

Ayako Tsuge 2014 calendar release

 

Ohta's Isan Co., Ltd.

poster

O'LEARY Magazine "Salon Beau/Vol.4"

cover

Chubu Telecommunication Co. Magazine "C'esta"

cover vol.24, vol.25

KimShin Shinthesizer Concert

illustrations

2012

Ayako Tsuge 2013 calendar release

 

FANCLE Magazine "Genki Seikatsu/October Issue"

illustration

O'LEARY Magazine "Salon Beau/Vol.1, Vol.2, Vol.3"

illustrations

H.P.FRANCE BIJUX 10th Anniversary Catalogue

illustrations

2011

Ayako Tsuge 2012 calendar release

 

"First Book Disney vol.3"/Kodansha

illustration

"First Book Disney vol.4"/Kodansha

illustration

2010

Exxon Mobil Japan Group

company calendar

Kansai Electric Power Group

company calendar

Ayako Tsuge 2011 calendar release

 

Giclee prints release

 

"First Book Disney vol.2"/Kodansha

illustration

"First Book Disney vol.1"/Kodansha

illustration

Picture Book "Winnie the Pooh Sweet Memory"/Kodansha

cover and illustrations

"Four Groups Dietary Habits - staying fit, young and active life!"/Kodansha

cover and illustrations

"How to Choose Reliable Senior Citizen’s Homes till You Die"/Kodansha

cover illustration

Tenth grader English textbook/Peason Kirihara Co

"The Borrowers" illustration

2009

Aya Takahashi 2010 calendar release

 

Oak Lawn Marketing Inc.

pamphlet and a Web site illustration

Artist name change from "Aya Takahashi" to "Ayako Tsuge"

 

2008

A bulletin magazine of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya department store

cover illustration

Meito Co.Ltd. Meito Mon Patisserie

package illustration

Yamada Bee Farm information magazine "Bee Beauty Club"

cover picture and an envelope illustration

Art poster release

 

"The First and Second Grade Aromatherapy Official Certification"/Seibido Publication

plant image

Totoro's Forest 2009 calendar release

 

The calendar 2009 "Seasonal food color scheme" release

 

Aya Takahashi 2009 calendar release

 

2007

Saishunkan Co.Ltd. Magazine advertisement illustration

 

"Winnie the Pooh Sweet Story"/Kodansha Disneyland

illustration

A bulletin magazine of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya department store

cover illustration

Meito Co. Ltd. Meito Mon Patisserie

package illustration

Yamada Bee Farm information magazine "Bee Beauty Club"

cover picture and an envelope illustration

Ei Publishing Company "Ever Blue-Sea Protects the Earth”

Two pages

Ei Publishing Company "The Book of Kefir"

cut illustration

Awarded Illustrator of the Year by the Japan Illustrator Association

 

2006

"Winnie the Pooh Sweet Story"/Kodansha Disneyland

illustration

The 5th anniversary Disney Sea publication Marine Picture Book "Memory Peg Woman"

illustration

Yamada Bee Farm information magazine "Bee Beauty Club"

cover picture and an envelope illustration

Awarded Illustrator of the Year prize 2005 by the Japan Illustration Association

 

2005

Chubu Telecommunication Co. Magazine "C'esta"

cover and other promotion tools(from 2005 to the present)

Awarded Best Illustration of the Year prize by the Japan Illustration Association

 

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