Ayako Rokkaku working, photo Nico Delaive, 2009, Collection Gallery Delaive.

Ayako Rokkaku, Peformance Painting, Who Needs a Brush?

Ayako Rokkaku, photo Nico Delaive, 2009, Collection Gallery Delaive.

Ayako Rokkaku, Untitled (ARP11-003), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm, Collection Gallery Delaive.


Kunsthal Rotterdam
Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
+31 (0)10 - 44 00 301
Ayako Rokkaku
Colours in My Hand
June 25-August 21, 2011

Kunsthal Rotterdam presents work by Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku (1982) in an exhibition entitled Colours in My Hand. The artist is temporarily moving her studio into the Kunsthal’s "daylight hall’". Every day for three weeks, she will be working on an "artwork in progress." Exclusively for the Kunsthal, Rokkaku will be painting large murals, or "live paintings" that she creates by applying acrylic paint directly to the canvas with her fingers. She shares with the public her very own world of bright colours and recurring symbols such as flowers, animals, boats and houses. A recurrent theme in her work is that of little girls with large eyes and long arms that she often portrays in close-up. Everyone can join in with Ayako as she paints at the Kunsthal. Rokkaku can ve watched via a webcam as she works throughout the entire project, from preparing her paints to developing and realising the artworks.

A Painting Performance Ayako Rokkaku works in a style particular to her; her method is direct, and she does not use brushes but dips her hands into the paint and applies it to cardboard or canvas using only her fingers. She begins to paint without pencil lines, and with no plan or composition in mind. Rokkaku: "The paintings change constantly and everyone can watch that process. It is wonderful to be able to share that moment of creation with others," she says. Rokkaku’s work appears cheerful, but appearances can be deceptive. Beneath the sweet fantasy lies an abundance of emotions, anger, fear, insecurities and convictions that Rokkaku projects onto the canvas. While fantasy and fable play a major role, the images remain both credible and familiar. But the little girls’ charming gazes can sometimes turn around to become stares of hostility.

Ayako Rokkaku Ayako Rokkaku (1982) lives and works by turns in Tokyo, Berlin and Amsterdam. She began to paint in 2002 and is self taught. Her career as a talented young artist was launched in 2006 at the Geisai art market in Japan when she won the "Scout Prize." She became known for her performance paintings on large canvas. Since her debut performance in Gallery Delaive in 2007, Rokkaku’s work has been shown at exhibitions in various countries including Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

Painting with your hands During the exhibition, children will be welcome to come and paint their very own artwork using their hands.

The exhibition is a collaboration with Gallery Delaive in Amsterdam.

Ayako Rokkaku, Untitled (ARP11-006), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 240 x 180 cm, Collection Gallery Delaive.

Ayako Rokkaku, Untitled (ARP10-018), 2010, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 60 cm, Collection Gallery Delaive.