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Fine Art Gallery: Biography of a U.K. artist and sculptor Tsugumi Ota

Tsugumi Ota Biography: Fine Art Gallery Website

Since moving from Japan after studying under Kokuta Suda and at Kobe University, Tsugumi Ota studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London, completing postgraduate studies there in 1983. The following year she was sculpting at the SEM studio in Pietrasanta, Italy to which she returned several times.

She has exhibited her work both in UK and Japan. Her large black and white woodcuts are outside the norm of traditional Japanese woodcut prints, while her stone and marble carving is rarity in modern sculpture: each piece is totally unique from its conception to the finish without a maquette.


Solo Exhibitions include:

1986 Waterman Art Centre, London

1987 Cadogan Contemporary  Art Gallery, London

1989 ‘Metamorphoses’, Thumb Gallery, London Studio COM, Kyoto, Japan

1991 Hankyu, Osaka, Japan Studio 5, Seibu, Tokyo ‘Flood’, Jill George Gallery, London Wrexham Art Centre, Wales Royal National Theatre, London

1992 Sculpture Court at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London Coexistence, London

1996 ‘La Commedia’, Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

1997 Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Manor House Gallery, Bradford City Galleries

2004 The Open University, Milton Keynes


Selected Mixed Exhibitions include:

1984 New Contemporaries

1985 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Oxford Gallery

1987 British International Print Biennale Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (Winner CCA Galleries Award)

1990 British International Print Biennale (Winner Bradford Festival Prize)

1992 Chelsea Harbour Sculpture Show

1995 Elizabeth Frink and Tsugumi Ota: Sculpture and Prints, Milton Keynes

2000 ‘The Odyssey’, Oxford Gallery


Public Collections include:

Sheffield City Art Gallery, British Council, Contemporary Art Society, Birmingham University, University of Strathclyde, University of Louisiana, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Singapore International Airport

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