Forever been fascinated by art and flower, Yurika Ninomiya 二宮 由利香’s childhood hobbies had led her to become a professional florist as well as an avid collector of art, her favourite collection including works by Nobuo Sekine 関根 伸夫 and Kumi Sugai 菅井 汲. After 13 years, gallery N was founded in 2008 , based in Motoyama 本山, Nagoya 名古屋.
Designed as a home-and-gallery space by Suppose Design, the Gallery started with a concept of presenting contemporary art in a floral plus architectural context, hosting a wide range of exhibitions and talks from artists, the Ninomiya husband-and-wife team together manages the operation of the gallery, and steadily, N matured to be a major player in the Nagoya art scene. Branching out to Tokyo 東京 in 2017, Kanda Shataku 神田社宅 was established as an alternative platform for Aichi 愛知 and Nagoya based artists.
“My experience as a floral designer does help with the communication, whilst interweaving art with other genres made it more approachable for a lot of clients and audiences who didn’t know the field so well, I think that every individual is more multi-dimensional than he or she often realises thus for N, I also wanted the gallery to be a place that opens gateways and possibilities for people too…”