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Kumiko S. McKee

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Name   : Kumiko S. McKee
Location: ToKyo  
  Japan
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Kumiko S. McKee

Biography
Kumiko S. McKee is a Contemporary Japanese Artist who specializes in visional painting. She was born in Japan and has been living in the United States. She has a BFA degree in painting from the University in the U.S. She opened her art studio and online gallery " www.kumiko-art.com " in 2003. Today, she is working on series of oil paintings that combine Western and Japanese traditions.
 
Statement
Currently I am working on three series called "Koto", "Time on the Earth", and "Power on the Earth". The "Koto" or "Old Capital City", which contains several series of Japanese cultural images that features themes from Japan's old period. One of sub-series of "Koto" is "The Tale of Genji" series, which is one of the most famous pieces of Japanese literature and is also the world's oldest novel. The series uses classical techniques to create realistic images and symbolic forms to tell the individualized stories. The paintings exhibit a high level of detail with finely rendered figures and complicated patterns. Another sub-series of "Koto" is the "Noh Mask" series. These express intangible human feelings and the emotional conflicts created from the deep, dark side of the human mind. There is also the "Time on the Earth" series, which contains paintings that combine figures and elements of earth and nature to talk about time and the changes on the Earth. All creatures including nature and humans are beautiful. In "Time on the Earth", I am seeking beauty in both nature and the human figures as well. Concerning the subjects of my paintings, I am mainly interested in figures, especially female figures. Females are more emotional than males--they tend to express their feelings abundantly while men tend to hide them. I am particularly interested in faces and hands, which exhibit a variety of expressions. Human emotions and feelings are topics of spiritual territory. They are intangible, genuine; you cannot fake them, and they are limited by words. Those human feelings are mysterious to me and I am trying to express them in my paintings. German expressionists such as Ernst Kirchner or Emil Nolde distorted human figures to express strong feelings, but why should I distort shapes or lose the beauty to express feelings. In my art, I am experimenting how much I can express human feelings using realistic elements and my goal is to express strong emotions while maintaining beauty. The paintings are categorized as Symbolism, Expressionism and Stylistic Realism. All artworks can be viewed at: www.kumiko-art.com
 
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Exhibitions: Solo Exhibitions (2), Selected Juried Exhibitions (7), Other Group Show and Art Events (9) --- Awards: First Place Award (2), A&S Dean's Award (1) --- Grants and Scholarships: Granted Membership in the Golden Key National Honor Society, Received the Robert D. Coe Fine Arts Scholarship
 

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