ed miliano no ordinary place

Tokyo Window, Oil and collage on six wooden panels, 116 x 92cm, 2016

No Ordinary Place, Paintings from Japan is showing in The Ballinglen Gallery, Ballycastle, Co Mayo from 6 October until 30 November 2018.

Ed lived in Japan from 2014 until 2018 and moved back to Dublin in June. This is his first exhibition since returning to Ireland. These paintings were all made at his studio in Tokyo.

There is a tradition in painting that uses windows to frame landscapes and seascapes. Matisse was perhaps the artist most well-known for doing this. He painted many views from his apartment in Nice. Other artists - Vermeer, Picasso, Edward Hopper and Richard Diebenkorn - have also used windows as a way of 'framing' their work and/or as a way of bringing nature into an interior.

As Ed travelled around Japan to visit houses, temples and shrines he was moved by the many beautiful gardens he saw. These paintings follow a European tradition of framing views and attempt to capture the essence of the relationship between Japanese interiors and the gardens that lie outside their windows and doorways.

No Ordinary Place was first exhibited at the Motoazabu Gallery on 17 May 2017. It was Ed Miliano's first solo exhibition in Tokyo.

Tateshina Window, Oil on canvas, diptych 261 x 162cm, 2018

Doorway, Naoshima, Oil on linen, 91 x 117cm, 2017

Window, Kyoto, Oil on linen, 91 x 117cm, 2017

Doorway, Takamatsu 1, Oil on linen, 91 x 117cm, 2017

Window, Kamakura, Oil on linen, 91cm x 117cm, 2017

Doorway, Takamatsu 2, Oil on linen, 91cm x 117cm, 2017

Window, Tokyo 1, Oil on linen, 91cm x 117cm, 2017

Window, Tokyo 2, Oil on linen, 91cm x 117cm, 2017

Window, Kyoto 2, Oil on linen, 91cm x 117cm, 2017

Window No. 1, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 2, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 3, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 4, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 5, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 6, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 7, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 8, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 9, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 10, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 11, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 12, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 13, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 14, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 15, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 16, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 17, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 18, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 19, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 20, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 21, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 22, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 23, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 24, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

Window No. 25, Mixed media on wooden panel, 18.3 x 25.7cm, 2017

View No. 1,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 2,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 3,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 4,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 5,
Mixed media canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 6,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 7,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 8,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 9,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017

View No. 10,
Mixed media on canvas, 46 x 53cm, 2017