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Iori Endo

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Birth year

Lives in
London, UK

Works in
London, UK


Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2013, MA Fine Art
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 2010, BFA

installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract, painting

Artist Information


I am interested in the idea of what makes it a ‘painting.’ My current investigation is to go beyond the physical limitation of canvas, and challenge the boundaries of the traditional understanding of what paintings may be. With emphasis in materiality and physicality, my approach to materials is both controlling and liberated - using its flexibility and fluidity of the paint and its versatility of the surface.

My inspiration often comes from the way nature operates – organic and biomorphic quality in its natural mark-making behavior. Shapes, patterns and repetition that nature creates, incidental marks in the environment draw my attention. Similar to the way the natural force creates its form, I aim to handle materials by taking advantage of the way they react, interact, merge and affect each other. The tension between chaos and order, control and chance, are integral part of my work.


Iori Endo is a Japanese artist currently based in London, UK. She graduated as  an Advanced  Painting  Studio graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  where she completed her BFA with a minor in Photography. She was a recipient of a Travel Grant, Skyway Photo Contest Honorable Mention, Nippon Steel USA Inc. Presidential Award 2008 and 2009 during her BFA. She completed her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in 2013. Recently, she was selected as the Juried Winner on ArtSlant Prize in mixed­‐media category, also as the finalist for East‐West Art Award Competition, and has been shortlisted for the Royal West of England Academy Annual Open Exhibition. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally in USA, UK, Japan, Korea and China.




Born in Tokyo, 1987

Lives and works in London


Upcoming exhibition

East-West Art Award Finalists Exhibition

La Galleria Pall Mall

5B Pall Mall

30 Royal Opera Arcade

London, UK, SW1Y 4UY

October 21 - 25th, 2014



2013 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

2010 BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Selected Exhibition

2014 Southwark Studios Group Exhibition, London, UK

2014 Bermondsey Fringe Festival of Arts, London, UK

2014 Made In Bermondsey, Bermondsey Project, London, UK

2014 Summer Exhibition, Candid Arts, London, UK

2014 Summer Show, Phillips London, UK

2014 Bermondsey Art Trail, London, UK

2014 Summer Show 2014, London College of Communication, London, UK

2014 The Flat Planet, The Invisible Line Gallery, London, UK

2014 Art Fair Tokyo 2014, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Iori Endo, Nakacho Konishi Arts, Tokyo, Japan (Solo)

2013 Summer Show, Phillips London, UK

2013 Central Saint Martins Show One, Degree Show, London, UK

2013 A Homage to a Leak, London, UK

2012 A Homage to a Leak, London, UK

2012 Art Auction 2012 in association with Sotheby's, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK

2012 The Boat of 2012, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2012 Central St. Martins Interim Show 2012, London, UK

2012 Fourth Cause, London, UK

2011 Once Upon a Wintertime, London, UK

2011 Asian Student and Young Artist Art Festival (ASYAAF), Seoul, Korea

2011 The First Principle, London, UK

2011 Dragon in the Lion’s Den, London, UK

2011 Asian Heritage Month Emerging Artist Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2011 5th Annual Emerging Artists Winter Exhibits, Chicago, IL

2011 Women’s Art, Chicago, IL

2010 Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2009 floating in wonderland, Gallery EGG, Tokyo, Japan

2009 Nippon Steel. Inc. Exhibition, Chicago, IL (May.2009-Nov.2009)

2009 Nippon Steel. Inc. Exhibition Chicago, IL (Dec.2008-May.2009)

2008 smART SHOW, Chicago, IL

2008 Artbash, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2006 Mount Wachusett Community College Regional Exhibition, Worcester, MA



2014 The Royal West of England Academy 162th Annual Open Exhibition Shortlisted

2014 East-West Art Award Finalist

2014 ArtSlant Round 5 Juried Winner

2014 ArtSlant 5th 2014 Showcase winner

2014 ArtSlant 4th 2014 Showcase winner

2014 ArtSlant 3rd 2014 Showcase winner

2014 ArtSlant 2nd 2014 Showcase winner

2014 ArtSlant 1st 2014 Showcase winner

2012 Threadneedle Prize Shortlisted

2009 Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc. Presidential Award/Scholarship

2008 Nippon Steel U.S.A., Inc. Presidential Award/Scholarship

2008 Best Actress Award from the film “Mz.Beniscale” by Kerry Yang Chicago

2008 Skyway Photo Contest, Honorable Mention

2008 Odyssey Travel Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2006 Excellences in Art Award, Winchendon School



Artist Watchlist featured article, September 23, 2014

ArtSlant Catalogue Edition, August 8, 2014

International Contemporary Artists Vol.8, ICA publishing, 2014

Art Fair Tokyo 2014, published by aTokyo Co., Ltd, 2014

Gekkan Bijyutsu, No.462, March 2014

Gekkan Bijyutsu, No.460, January 2014

Gekkan Bijyutsu, No.458, November 2013

ASYAAF 2011, published by The Chosunilbo Daily, 2011

Chicago Shimpo, Interview, May 1, 2009 

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