Makiko Kudo

©Makiko Kudo


» Introduction:

Things that she met in daily life and her own imaginations are related and a mysterious mindscape has spread into her paintings. Her very familiar sweet motifs are girls, kittens, birds, forest, flowering plants, and bed, which are sprinkled disorderly. Her own choice of motif with strong girl character is seemingly seen in the modern, but on the other hand it can be said that her paintings are used a classic style of painting. The depth of painting is abstractly made and its flatness is existed with several perspects, three-dimensional colors is painted out to the screen as it is.

In contemporary art, painting seems to be less valued than the other, but there were the revival of the paintings exhibitions in several places. One of the painting exhibition “Some Forgotten Places” that is held in Berkeley Art Museum has presented the landscape paintings of the contemporary art. Participated artists of this exhibition were Swedish artist, Karin Mamma Anderson, American artist, Amy Cutler and other countries from Germany, Poland, and Australia.
In addition, exhibition of “Post MoDERN” is held by Green Naftali Gallery in this year. Dana Schutz, Mary Heilmann, and Laura Owens, whose Kudo was shocked by her works, were gathered in this exhibition.

» Concept:

The most characteristic of Kudo’s painting is the chaotic dynamism which her own experiments in daily life and dreamy imagination are integrated.
One of her panting “A Touch of Spring”, the frame of the shrine pavilion combines with blue sky and effuses to a full screen like water. The girls with big eyes and kittens are merged to each others and dancing airily within the canvas.
“The Poison” is also her painting which a lonely expression girl stands alone in the vermilion colored grass field. The background of her looks a shadow of the abstract forest or a big cat leans over to the girl. It is wild bird’s wing that appointing and dismissing in a red bloody grass field. These wing-like patterns look if birds defense their body from the enemy, like poisoned insects.

I always yearn to health — this is what Kudo has said. She goes out by her bicycle to wherever she wants. The views that her eyes catch is always adjoining to the ground and her paintings are filled with her dearest small things and her own unconsciousness. What she wish is something likes a dream but she also wishes to set her foots on the ground. Please do feel her world of leaping imagination in this exhibition.

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 Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • ©Makiko Kudo