EGUCHI Ayane was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1985 and received her M.A. degree from Kanazawa College of Art in 2011, majoring in oil painting. EGUCHI Ayane’s elaborate natural landscapes exude an overall impression of innocence through her iconic pastel palette. However, upon closer inspection, her paintings reveal treacherous scenarios, where the natural world appears mercurial and eerie. To achieve the fleshy, vivid texture of her works, she first applies multiple layers of oil paint across the canvas, removes some areas before the paint dries, then builds up others, ultimately creating her unique expression.

The recurring character of the teddy bear, “KUMA”, pronounced similar to “bear” in Japanese, represents something that lives and dies, and symbolizes the duality of reality. She is conscious of how seemingly innocent facades can conceal a darker reality, and more importantly, how everything is about life and death.