Makiko Kudo

へやもよう Air of a Room 2005 oil on canvas 194.5 × 259.0 cm ©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

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, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夏子と冬子 Natsuko and Fuyuko 2005 oil on canvas 131 × 162 cm ©Makiko Kudo