YURI SHIMOJO: KINGSTON CONVERSATIONS
A Virtual Studio Visit

Tuesday, September 8, 7-8 pm EST

Yuri Shimojo, a New York and Kyoto based painter, is Kingston Gallery's guest artist. Her exhibition 'Unbroken Line' was created during quarantine in her East Village studio under the cacophony of sirens. Shimojo turned to this series as a metaphor for our continuous impermanence, and the ephemeral nature of life. In a departure from her previous work, these paintings demonstrate an act of just simply being. They are intentionally devoid of specific stories and personal drama. In an extremely trying moment in history, Shimojo focused on the act of creating. Her intention was to relish each moment. To be present with the simplicity of her gestures and their outcomes.

Shimojo will be in conversation with collector Austin Tyler Rogers.

Yuri Shimojo was born 1966 in Tokyo. The last descendent of her samurai clan who lost all of her immediate family members before the age of 30, Shimojo has always used painting to express the interconnected emotions of joy and pain. Using Japanese gansai watercolor or ground ink, her works are a combination of abstract and surreal, often playful, and always evocative of the desire for universal compassion. With minimal formal training in fine art, her style is grounded in the practice of Japanese traditional theater and years spent with indigenous cultures around the world, leading to the study of universal shamanism. She is based in New York and Kyoto. Her work has been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Japan, and is in private collections around the world.

This conversation is free to the public via Zoom. Register here for access to the conversation.
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