MAKIKO KUDO

Makiko Kudo

うみのもの 2011 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo

Makiko Kudo says that she depicts landscapes “that I have passed everyday but suddenly begin to shine.” Scenes that are perceived separately in reality are linked dynamically in dreams. When we wake up, the emotions we felt during a dream retain their intensity even if we cannot remember the details. This sensation is similar to what we experience when looking at Kudo’s paintings. The calculated and precise composition contrasts with the primitive brushwork, creating a chaotic sense of vibrant energy mixed up with vivid color. Girls and small animals are incorporated in the landscape. Luxuriant vegetation is unified with buildings that appear miniaturized and the scene is connected to fragmentary emotions.

Curator and critic David Pagel, in a review of a Makiko Kudo show, noted the similarities between her work and Monet’s water lilies, Rousseau’s dreamy realism, and Matisse’s Fauvism. Pagel concluded, “Her poignant works bring intimacy and introspection to the whiplash graphics of the anime generation. The paradox of being unable to escape a place that never really felt like home is Kudo’s great subject.”

Artist Profile

Makiko Kudo

Makiko Kudo was born in 1978 in Aomori, Japan. In 2002, she graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Joshibi University of Art and Design. She currently lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.
In 2002, she participated in a group exhibition curated by Tomio Koyama “Fragile Figures” (Palette Club, Tokyo) as well as a group exhibition curated by Takashi Murakami “Tokyo Girls Bravo 2” (NADiff, Tokyo). After 2004, she has presented her work in numerous exhibitions internationally and domestically.

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.

Her major solo exhibitions were held at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2016, Wilkinson Gallery, London in 2015 and 2012, Marc Foxx Gallery, LA in 2011 and Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen in 2010. Her major group exhibitions include “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014), “The New International 2014” (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014), “Towada Art Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition: flowers” (Towada Art Center, Aomori, 2013), “Body Language” (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2013), “Pathos and Small Narratives” (Gana Art Center, Seoul, 2011), “Pretty Baby” (Modern Art Museum, Modern Art museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2007), “MATRIX213: Some forgotten place” (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA).

Kudo’s paintings have been acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Olbricht Collection (Germany), Saatchi Collection (London), Flowerman Collection, the Japan Foundation and the RyutaroTakahashi Collection (Tokyo). Her monograph “Turning” was published in 2012 from Tomio Koyama Gallery.

  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • 灰色のまち Gray town 2011 oil on canvas 227.5 × 365.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • 見えないもの invisible 2011 oil on canvas 182.0 × 227.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • じゅうたん Carpet 2011 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いるか Dolphin 2011 oil on canvas 91.0 × 91.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夕飯のおかず Dish for dinner 2011 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • めぶく Bud 2011 oil on canvas 32.0 × 41.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • さんびき Three 2011 oil on canvas 33.5 × 24.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夕方がいちばんすき I like the evening most 2011 oil on canvas 53.0 × 65.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いろめきたつ Waking Up 2012 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • あきち 2011 oil on canvas 91.0 × 116.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いぬとねこ 2011 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • うみのもの 2011 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 春がくるのは止められない 2011 oil on canvas 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • さんかく Triangle 2011 oil on canvas 33.5 × 24.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo