Contemporary Fine Artist
Akane Takayama has received two Arts Council Awards and has been shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Prize. Living in Hertfordshire, she works as a contemporary fine artist and has been living in England for over 35 years.
Takayama has constantly been exhibiting through her career; Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London (1992), Atlantis Gallery, London (1992), Daiwa Foundation, London (1995), Blue Gallery, London (1995), Henry Peacock Gallery, London (2001), Chelsea Physic Garden Sculpture Show, London (2002), and Domo Ball Gallery, London (2002).
She was then shortlisted for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize (2002) before being asked to present a solo exhibition at one of London’s public galleries, Cafe Gallery Projects, London (2004).
Then followed exhibitions at Space Open Exhibition London (2005) and the Sefton Open, Merseyside (2006) before her major public art, DOG Sculpture Installation, Victoria Park, Clissold Park and Holland Park, London (2010).
After the success of the DOG installation, Takayama was shortlisted for the UJADF Awards, ROA Gallery, Pall Mall, London (2010).
Regarding publications and interviews, Akane has a good history of promotion and coverage; BBC Late Night Show (1992), ITV Art Show (1992), Atlantis Gallery Exhibition Catalogue (1992), Jerwood Drawing Prize Catalogue (2002), Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper (2002), Southwark Newspaper (2004), Car and Ammonites (2004), Cafe Gallery Exhibition Catalogue (2004), What’s On in London, Magazine(2004), Time Out Magazine (2010), Evening Standard Newspaper (2010).
From December 2010 until July 2015, Takayama has been involved in building and developing a studio complex in Hertfordshire for her ongoing work. Once that project was completed she started to plan for her next presentation of DOG Sculpture Installation in Ueno Park, Tokyo on 21st & 22nd October 2017.
Akane has also been researching and developing other sculpture works based on the locality of her studio and drawing of the lives of local people.