Tomomi Ono


Tomomi Ono

Born in Osaka, Japan. I spent my formative years in Japan, Spain and the United States where I developed an original style in lithography characterized by extremely delicate modeling and coloring of organic motifs. My recent focus is to express existence of life and energy of life force. Since the early 1990, my work has been exhibited in the United States, East Asia and Europe. I currently work at my printmaking studio in Brooklyn, New York. 


I started the sky series in 2008 after I completed my seed series. I had worked with the theme of "seed" for 10 years, a metaphorical expression of “life existence”. Then I began to focus on subjects like "egg", "cell" and “stars”. These subjects symbolize the theme of life force energy, propagation and continuation of life cycles.   In my images of the day sky, the stars are depicted very subtly, so faintly that the viewer needs to look closely to see them. In reality, the stars in the day sky are not visible in the daylight. But the stars exist all the time. The day stars are the existence of life that I see in the sky with my imagination, beyond the clouds and sunlight.   Our lives are just a small part of an enormous universe. The night sky reminds us of our tiny existence. The universe continues to change. No moment is the same. Just like our lives continue to change. Sparkling stars in the clear night skies were inspired from my lonely night train trip in the Alps over 20 years ago. The dramatic panorama of the night sky always lived inside myself as one of my most beautiful experiences. “Gray sky” is the sky that we see in the city.   My skies are not scientific star maps. They are the skies of my senses.   Creation is part of my life. It grows with myself. I draw the image on the stone and print the lithography, my artistic vocabulary. Again and again, I keep layering colors just like adding brush strokes on canvas, until the image grows and fuses into my soul.  

168 7th Street
suite #3F
Brooklyn, NY 11215