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Featured Artist: Yuriko Kitamura, ASA


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Yuriko Kitamura, Lake O’Hara Mountain – Variation # 2

Biography

Soon after Yuriko graduated in Pharmacology from a university in Japan, she and her family moved to the U.S., finally settling in Canada. After 20 years as a homemaker she began taking art courses at the U of A faculty of extension, under Mr. Harry Savage. His introduction of Emile Nolde’s watercolour led Yuriko to experiment with watercolour on rice paper. After much trial and error she developed her own unique technique which became her specialty. She taught at the U of A extension over a period of 14 years, and taught various workshops in Alberta.

Her first solo exhibition was at the Stony Plain Multicultural Centre. Since then she has shown and sold from numerous private, public galleries in Canada and abroad, including a purchase by the Alberta Foundation for Art.

From primarily painting on rice paper her interests expanded to include etching, graphite drawing and her favourite- figure drawing with Sumi ink. She continues to paint water colour sketches.

 

 

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Yuriko: In addition to those mentioned in the bio, the greatest influences have been my life experience, my environment, my love for and observation of nature as well as a strong desire to express my thoughts through my work.

ASA: What would you consider to be your most succesful body of work to date?

Yuriko: So far, the Lake O’Hara series.

 

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Yuriko Kitamura, Male 3 Pose

 

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