MAKIKO KUDO

Makiko Kudo

工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo 誰もいないと思った I thought there was nobody 2012 oil on canvas 181.5 x 227.0 cm © Makiko Kudo

〈On the Exhibition〉

8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Makiko Kudo’s exhibition to commemorate the publication of “Turning”, Makiko Kudo’s catalogue. This is the second show of the young Japanese artist series, following Toru Kuwakubo. With her primitive brushwork, she paints the world she has actually seen and experienced such as plants, trees and rivers she sees while walking, a house she used to live in, cats, the moon in the sky, and a dreamy girl, creating somewhat lonely and fleeting fantasy, yet recalling the sweet memories of the past in the paintings. Developing multifarious surfaces simultaneously, bold compositions and free touch of her paintings sometimes display the memories of a childhood sensitivity, giving viewers a fresh impression. At this exhibition, her new works of various sizes are showcased. Please enjoy her world of imagination.

◉Gallery Talk by Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo and Tomio Koyama

 Starts from 19:00 on 1/16 (Wed.) at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery

 At the opening of Maiko Kudo’s exhibition, 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery will hold artist talk by Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo and Tomio Koyama. Toru Kuwakubo, who held a well-received solo exhibition from November 28 till December 17, and Makiko Kudo have been friends ever since cram-school and they were both born in 1978. Those two artists who know each other well will talk about the concepts and thoughts on their works with Tomio Koyama.

Artist Profile

Makiko Kudo

In Makiko Kudo’s paintings, a mental image-landscape unfolds within which both things she encounters in daily life and the dream-like world of her imagination that have formed a single-harmonized entity. Her audacious compositions are over-brimmed with a sense of chaotic liveliness, dynamic yet detailed brushstrokes, balanced vibrant colors, and the multiple settings and perspectives which develop simultaneously within them. What she paints is the synthesis of things she herself has unconsciously witnessed in reality, the world she has personally experienced, and the beings around her that she shares her intimate feelings with. Kudo’s detailed bold brushstroke creates the superb orchestra of colors and forms, and her motifs released from memories and personal experiences give an impression that weighs on the hearts of the viewers, precisely as if we ourselves are experiencing a great undulation of sensitivity with our half-forgotten childhood memories.

Makiko Kudo was born in 1978 in Aomori Prefecture. In 2002 she graduated from the Oil Painting department of Joshibi University of Art and Design. Kudo’s paintings have been acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Olbricht Collection, the Japan Foundation, the Takahashi Collection and Saatchi Collection. Her latest solo exhibition was held at Tomio Koyama Gallery (2016) and at Wilkinson Gallery London, UK (2015) and the latest group exhibitions include “TIGER TIGER” at Salon94 Bowery, NY, USA (2015) and the 2014 Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery show “The Way of Painting”and “Body Language” at the Saatchi Gallery, London in 2013.

  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo ずっとここにいた? Been here all the time? 2013 oil on canvas 80.5 x 99.5 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 月面着陸 Moon landing 2013 oil on canvas 130.0 x 162.0 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo どこまでもついてくる Following everywhere 2013 oil on canvas 130.0 x 162.0 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • ペング員 Penguins 2012 oil on canvas 65.5 x 80.5 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo 目撃証言 Eyewitness testimony 2012 oil on canvas 130.0 x 162.0 cm © Makiko Kudo