Makiko Kudo’s works feature familiar objects in imaginary scenes. Girls, trees, grass, flowers, and small animals are some of the motifs that populate her canvases; each is depicted in a delicate and intimate manner.
At the same time her dynamic strokes portray the force of her brush. After multiple passes, the flat surface becomes a brilliant and chaotic surface that provides a sense of depth. Through the bold composition and balance of colors, Kudo releases snippets of her memory onto canvas so viewers can ride and appreciate the waves of emotion.
Kudo’s ideas for new pieces were hatched when a friend traveled to the Himalayas. The idea of a far away places developed scenes where familiar objects were encountered in unexpected locations, including ones that had never been seen before, so that the scenes resembled dreams.
The work “I Wanna Ask You” features two girls laying on a grassy hill with a background of blue sky and an expanding jet-black mound. The work “Made of Animal Bones” features purple fog and a girl in a chair. The idea for the chair sprang from a memory of a similar one she saw in a museum; her works represent the merger of imaginary worlds combined with fragments of memory.
This exhibition includes ten new works, including large paintings over three meters.
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.