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Yuriko Kitamura, ASA


Yuriko Kitamura, Figure Pose

Yuriko Kitamura, Figure 7  Pose

Yuriko Kitamura, Meditation at Ice Field

Yuriko Kitamura, Meditation at Ice Field

Yuriko Kitamura, Born to take the highway, 2008. Mixed medium on board.

Yuriko Kitamura, Born to take the Highway

Underlying my painting is a reflection of my thought in everyday life. Subjects are my tool to express my thought, and I want to go beyond what I see. I try to capture the energy of matter in my brush stroke. Life is like a river, a tiny stream that flows towards the Ocean, merging, crashing, and changing as it moves along, then it evaporates and become rain. nurturing all matter.

The process of creative painting is like a journey through a river. After painting with watercolours for few years I started experimenting with watercolour on rice paper. I grew up with rice paper and love the feel of it. Through trial and error, I developed “wet on wet” technique on rice paper, different from oriental dry paper painting. I use dye and other pigments on rice paper which has a non-uniform texture that causes pigment to bleed and react chemical ways, give to texture to image it self. Often I apply wax to make hard edges, which blocks the flow of the liquid. I developed and taught this mixed medium painting, but my primary work is done on location in pen, pencil and watercolour sketches. Despite the physical and visual demand, for me nothing can replace the sense of wholeness nature provides, smell, sound and tranquility. I take every opportunity to work on site.

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Crossroads Art Centre
#302 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
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