About us - Toriizaka Art

About Toriizaka Art

Welcome to our gallery. My name is Karen Thomas and I started Toriizaka Art out of a desire to share my passion for art with others. While I am an American by birth, I’ve spent the last 25 years in Tokyo -- raising a family, volunteering in support of a number of non-profit organizations and traveling throughout the world with my husband and sons developing an understanding and appreciation of many different cultures and traditions. 

One of our collective passions has been collecting art during our travels. For years, friends who saw our eclectic collection asked me to help them source works to assist in building their own collections.

Since opening our doors in early 2006, Toriizaka Art has welcomed thousands of guests into our modest gallery space in central Tokyo. The gallery features a diverse selection of exceptional art, primarily from Vietnam.  We work with each artist to chose pieces we believe represent their finest works and while we don’t claim to be experts at predicting the future value or appreciation of various artists or specific pieces, we have been told time and time again that our pieces are of outstanding quality.

Most of our patrons have come to us by word of mouth and many have become friends. We welcome everyone who has an interest in the visual arts to come by to browse and enjoy the collection. Although many of our sales (during our time in Tokyo) were to Tokyo residents who were able to come to view the art in person, recommendations from our clients  resulted in more than fifty percent of our sales being sent to collectors around the world.

We hold a number of benefit exhibitions annually supporting non-profit educational organizations and regularly support initiatives in our community associated with local charities.

In addition to representing Vietnamese artists in our salon style home gallery, we curated the exhibitions at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo over the past seven years.  The hotel exhibitions were Japan themed and featured contemporary Japanese and foreign artists. We recently passed this opportunity on to Noriko Kashiwagi and wish her all the best as she continues in our footsteps.  

Please enjoy our virtual online gallery and contact us at info@toriizakaart.com to set up a time to view the collection, to be added to our distribution list for upcoming events, or to ask any questions. We are always open by appointment.

The website is kept up to date (as much as humanly possible) and all pieces that are shown as available can be purchased. Crating and international delivery is offered for all of our works. Additionally, we are happy to assist with local corporate and private client installation and art consultancy services. Please contact us for additional available works or commissions.

May 2018 Announcement 

Thank you for 12+ fabulous years in Tokyo. Your support and trust in us has placed wonderful pieces from our talented artists throughout the world. While we are sad to leave Tokyo, we look forward to a bright future in Portland, Oregon where we will continue to show distinctive works in a newly designed salon style event space.

We look forward to maintaining our relationships with our valued friends and clients who have enjoyed our Tokyo gallery over the years. Our goal continues to be to seek out talented artists throughout the world and introduce their creative genius in a relaxed, no pressure environment.

We strive to make each experience with Toriizaka Art positive, rewarding and memorable. Our greatest pleasure is knowing that our clients have chosen art that speaks to them and has contributed in some way to an enhanced quality of life.

We closed our Tokyo doors on June 2, 2018 and will be re-opening in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2019. Please contact us via email and through our website during our transition -    we are still in touch with our artists and are happy to source and ship during our move.

I am a real person who happens to love art.  One of my greatest joys comes from spending time with my family, traveling and exploring.  I've included a few family photos in case you'd like to put a face with a name and see what I do when I'm not working ...

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  • Tivoli Gardens in Florence, December, 2010
  • Thailand, 2007
  • Istanbul, Turkey, June 2007.  Blue Mosque
  • At Arisagawa Park in Tokyo (photo courtesy of Del Benson) April, 2007
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  • Sri Lanka - 2013
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  • Sri Lanka - Tea Plantation
  • Sri Lanka - Cycling Tour, 2013
  • Yazd
  • December 2011 - Port Douglas, Australia
  • Morocco 2012
  • Morocco 2012
  • December 2010 Sienna, Italy
  • The Pyramids - Egypt
  • Myanmar, January 2008 - Jack, Gabriel, Karen, Miles, Gavin and Harrison.
  • Dubai
  • Near Black Butte Ranch, Central Oregon, June, 2008.
  • New Zealand - South Island 2007
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