Monday, July 29, 2013

Promo Video by James Harber for "A Vivid Paradox"

Amanda Bradway's (and now also my!) friend James Harber made this fantastic video to promote our 2-person show coming up on August 9th. He is such a talented and inspired videographer. I think the mood he created captures both my and Amanda's work perfectly without giving away too much about the show. ;)

Enjoy, and please let me know what you think of it!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yucatan Inspiration from Mexico: Maya

The Caribbean Sea at Tulum
A moodier, more monochromatic version of the Caribbean

I went to Mexico for a week and had a very refreshing time swimming in the Caribbean Sea! You can't imagine how emerald and turquoise the warm water is. I also found so many wonderful new plants, flowers, animals, and fish... so inspiring.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Summer Show Announcement! “A Vivid Paradox” Featuring JUURI & Amanda Bradway

Yaaaay, it’s official. My big show of this year will be on August 9th during Live on the Plaza in OKC. It will be a two-person show with my lovely artist friend Amanda Bradway. She and her husband Dylan own the space in which the show will be hung, the gorgeous new DNA Galleries! The space is a fantastic old building which they have redone, but some of the original walls are still visible. Check it out.

 I will be showing my “Question” series that I have been working on lately, all featuring figures & flowers against dark backgrounds. There will be a limited edition print release just for the night, and an exciting promo video is soon to be released, as well!

More info to come, but please mark your calendars for “A Vivid Paradox”!

New painting: “Rotten or Redeemed”

Here is my latest piece, just in time for the Easter-ly themes of newness & life! Phooo, this one took longer than most because of all the intricate tattoos. :O I actually did them in watercolor pencil so I could be precise, and then added careful little washes of water to give the watercolor effect. The large kanji character is gilded in real gold leaf.

New Painting: “Trash or Treasure?”

I really felt the need to get back to painting watercolor on paper instead of acrylics on wood for awhile. There’s something about that paper texture that endlessly inspires me. Maybe it my “meant-to-be” after all.

So here’s the piece I finished today. It’s called “Trash or Treasure?” The girl has the Japanese word “muyou” inscribed on her neck. It literally  means “no use” or “useless.” I’m sure it’s a feeling we all struggle with sometimes, and I feel it acutely these days. Below her, floating beside the orchid blossom, is the Japanese word “takara” or “treasure” written in gold. I really hope the girl finds that she is treasure, not trash.

Stylistically, I really enjoyed the simplicity and flat expanse of black. I’m crazy about Scandinavian interiors these days with their minimal palettes and forms. I’m sure that has had an influence on my mind and this piece.

What do you think about this piece? Do you like the message?

“Trash or Treasure?” | by JUURI | Watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil on board | 15×19″

First Print Release of 2013: “The Standing Death of Ben-Kei St. Sebastian”

Yaaay, let’s start off the new year with a lovely print release.

“The Standing Death of Ben-Kei St. Sebastian” is now available to purchase through Thumbprint Gallery in La Jolla, CA. It’s a 12×16″ gorgeously vibrant gicleé print on archival paper. Of course, each one of the prints in this limited edition is signed, stamped, and numbered by me personally.

Thumbprint was also kind enough to write an article about the piece. I’m really impressed that they touched on every element of symbolism I put into the painting and interpreted even the most subtle of messages perfectly. Wow!

And of course, here is the order page for you to grab one for yourself before they sell out. They are also available in the gallery if you happen to be in La Jolla.