Announcing Helen Brown’s Exhibition “Topsy-Turvy”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Topsy-Turvy by Helen Brown on November 25 (Saturday) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Helen Brown graduated from the University of Hertfordshire 1992 BA Hons Fine Art. She has recently completed at the City Lit London Advanced Art Practice course.
Since 1992 she has been exhibiting her work and in her current art practice she uses watercolours and printmaking.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

My work is as a result of living at Studio Kura in the Japanese countryside of Itoshima.
I have on a daily basis observed the changes in the landscape in particular the cultivation of the gardens and paddy fields.

Helen Brown “Topsy-Turvy”
Date: November 25 (Saturday), 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Kit Khong’s Exhibition “Harmony”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Harmony by Kit Khong on November 25 (Saturday) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Kit Khong is a digital artist in commercial and broadcast animation which comprises various art form such as graphic design, typography, character design, illustration, and photography. She completed her Bachelor of Film and Animation from Multimedia University in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. From then, she has been working as a motion designer in Commercial and Broadcast Post Production Studio.
Kit enjoys observing the daily surroundings and imagine putting them into a more interesting setting. She believes a fresher presentation will rehabilitate our sense of appreciation of the surroundings, allow people to slow down a little.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

During my one month stay with Studio Kura, I am fascinated by the wide landscapes, old shops and houses around the area. Every subjects coexist with each other and the motherland.

Kit Khong “Harmony”
Date: November 25 (Saturday), 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Si Ying Wong ‘s Exhibition “Unplug”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Unplug by Si Ying Wong on November 25 (Saturday) & 26 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Si Ying is an art and design educator cum motion artist based in Malaysia. She completed her Bachelor Degree of Film and Animation from Creative Multimedia in Multimedia University in 2008. She then pursues her career as a motion designer. Aside from that, she works as an art and design educator in a drawing studio and college.
She is interested in observing every tiny detail in her life, the environment, every moment she experience, and every person around her. She believes in the state of observation, she will be able to feel more than what she used to see around her.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Staying alongside Karatsu Highway, I’ve seen endless stream of cars, trucks and bikes sweeping by without ever back and around. It’s like an epitome of our everyday repetitive hectic life. We move forward briskly day-to-day, consciousness of being present in the moment that we are living dies off gradually.

“Unplug” is snippets of the moments that are happening but missed out by us. Take few minutes every day to focus on our senses, we can practice being in the present. “Unplug” is my window to “be present” along Karatsu Highway.

Slow down; embrace being present.

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Si Ying Wong “Unplug”
Date: November 25 (Saturday), 26 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 25th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Kayleigh Goh’s Exhibition “Days Being in a Soft Lullaby 子守唄のような優しい日々”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Days Being in a Soft Lullaby 子守唄のような優しい日々 by Kayleigh Goh on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Trained as a painter, Kayleigh Goh (b.1993) is currently an independent art practitioner based in both city of Singapore and Malaysia.
She received her BA (Fine Arts) from Singapore Lasalle College of the arts in 2016. Kayleigh has been selected as 2017 Untapped Emerging artist to showcase her work with Singapore Visual Arts Development and had her most recent show showing with Singapore Gajah Gallery.

She is interested in the psychological and poetic implication of place, a specific locale or environment that has its character on its own. With everyday construction materials as her paint and canvas, alongside with her soft palette, her works often, speak more about the quiet places.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

In Itoshima,

Of the scenery, architectures and encounters,
I felt as if I was put into a repeating Lullaby playlist

Soft and Quiet

Like a Newborn
Embarking a journey experiencing the variety of new experiences

Like a Newborn
Sprouting conscious
Learning about one’s individuality

A simple state of calm and joy.

Kayleigh Goh “Days Being in a Soft Lullaby 子守唄のような優しい日々”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Colin Peel’s Exhibition “Daily Life in Itoshima”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Daily Life in Itoshima by Colin Peel on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of his activity during his stay at Studio Kura.

Colin Peel is essentially a figurative painter – He paints what he sees.
“Painting is rapidly becoming somewhat of an obsession in my retirement after careers in both Science and Business. The creative process is endlessly rewarding. I have had the opportunity to attend many workshops and art trips with professional artists but regard myself as an amateur artist. I did have a successful first solo exhibition and surprisingly sold 33 paintings. I have no formal art qualifications.

In May I painted many of the features of the landscape in the immediate surrounds of Studio Kura and my Australian colleagues commented on the more lyrical nature of my brushwork. I intend to continue to paint the landscape in the Autumn colours and light of October. I may also extend my work to include city scapes from within Fukuoka.
I am now a volunteer instructor teaching water colour within the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Melbourne and enjoy weekly instruction of 12 aspiring artists. It is a pleasure to see retirees enjoying the creative process.”

Here are some words from the artist himself.

I primarily paint plein air or out in the open and some such paintings are included in this exhibition. However while painting outside I was intrigued by the many local people going about their daily lives – often doing quite traditional tasks.
I asked many should they mind me taking their photograph and used this source material combined with sketches to paint small figure paintings. I aimed for simplicity in keeping with much of the Japanese sensibility – including the minimum of information to indicate the tasks being conducted.
Similarly, with my landscape painting I took a looser and more minimalist approach, sometimes even approaching the abstract.

Colin Peel “Daily Life in Itoshima”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Miya Sukune’s Exhibition “Root”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Root by Miya Sukune on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Miya Sukune is a visual artist with a focus on oil painting and drawing. Influenced by classical realism, she embraces the irregularities of marks created by hand for an open, human quality in her art. Memory plays a role in Miya’s pieces, as time present and past are suggested in the objects or portrait sitters. Contemporary life and the past converge to create narratives that are melancholy or humorous, created by the use of brush, dip pen or pencil.

She earned her diploma in Classical Realist Painting and Drawing from Georgetown Atelier in 2015, followed by a year with the Trowbridge Atelier, focusing on contemporary painting practices. She lives near Seattle, WA.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

This is my first journey to Japan, a country where my family is from.
I have been recording this corner of Itoshima in ink drawings and watercolor paintings, gathering a sense of place. The natural environment and shrines have been of particular interest to me and I have enjoyed rendering the textures with a crow quill nib and sepia ink. The residents of this place have been welcoming and curious about my activities.
I named my show “Root” because I have been rooted here for the month, observing the life of this petite rural neighborhood; also, for returning to the land and culture of my parents and learning how this place shaped them and also me.

Miya Sukune “Root”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Michelle Belgiorno’s Exhibition “A Thousand Stitches of Hope”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition A Thousand Stitches of Hope by Michelle Belgiorno on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Michelle Belgiorno is a Sydney-based artist whose work explores human culture and behaviour in all its diversity. Her work derives from direct observation, cultural relics, as well as from myths and other literary texts.

Her recent focus has been on the inscrutable culture of Japan, drawing on a deep connection, which began 40 years ago as an exchange student to Tokyo. The artist holds degrees in both Fine Arts (Painting) and Japanese (Honours). Recent exhibitions have looked at Japanese tea ceremony, death rites and senninbari war relics.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Michelle Belgiorno works in several media including oil painting, collage, and installation, with a focus on Japanese culture.

This installation of senninbari is a collaborative work, stitched by hundreds of Japanese and Australian women to commemorate the strong friendship which has developed between our two countries since World War II. The knotted threads and stitches became a metaphor for the interwoven stories and connections between our two countries.

Michelle Belgiorno “A Thousand Stitches of Hope”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Nancy Yoshii’s Exhibition “COMING HOME”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition COMING HOME by Nancy Yoshii on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Nancy Yoshii is a fine craft artist working in collage, digital photography, jewelry, fiber, found object sculpture and mixed media. Having spent thirty years as a ceramic artist, she has found it liberating to enter the world of color, pattern, and composition that is collage and mixed media.

Now living in New York, Nancy spent her teen and young adult years in Fukuoka, so she is excited to be “coming home.” Japanese aesthetics figure strongly in her work, and a recent trip
to India also provided immense inspiration. An artist with no formal training, she is the grateful recipient of 37 years of nurturing and generosity from her fellow fine craft artists in the Long Island Craft Guild. Nancy exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions around the New York metropolitan area.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

It’s wonderful to be COMING HOME to Japan after quite a few years since my last visit.
Having spent my youth and early adulthood in Fukuoka, I have long been intrigued by Japanese wrapping materials – both traditional and commercial. The aesthetics, the papers, the fabrics, graphics, packaging, wrapping techniques…I love it ALL.
Combine that with my passion for recycling/upcycling discarded materials [trash!], my nostalgic childhood memories of Japanese foods, my general love/hate relationship with food my whole life, and voila! Mixed media collage incorporating all those facets!

Nancy Yoshii “COMING HOME”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Saga Unnsteinsdottir’s Exhibition “Bitten by a radioactive artist”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition Bitten by a radioactive artist by Saga Unnsteinsdottir on October 26 (Thu) to 28 (Sat), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Saga Unnsteinsdottir graduated in 2012 from FB Breiðholt Collage with an Icelandic Students’ Prof in Visual arts and from Lasalle Collage of the arts, Singapore, in 2016 with a BA(hons) in Fine arts. During her studies Saga specialized in Painting but has worked in multiple mediums; Illustration, Video and installation.

Borders and play are themes through out a lot of Saga’s work up until now. Where she is interested in the idea of transformation – things contradicting or even resisting themselves -.
Questioning the stability of what surrounds us in the everyday, exploring or experimenting with just how easily thing could be altered beyond recognition.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

Because Arachne was no longer human her weaving was not of consequence to the gods.
Reading between the lines the Greek myth of Arachne brings up some questions on the nature of art.
How do we as a people come to see some labor as art, is art not like an animal impulse?
Maybe only god should make that distinction.

Saga Unnsteinsdottir “Bitten by a radioactive artist”
Date: October 26 (Thursday) to 28 (Saturday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition closing party and an artist talk on 28th (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

Announcing Julia Peintner’s Exhibition “FIGURES”

We are pleased to announce an exhibition FIGURES by Julia Peintner on September 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun), as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Julia Peintner is a painter and print-maker, living and working in London, UK. She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 and has exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK, Europe, US and Japan. Her work is figurative and surreal. Topics that come up in her recent work are group dynamics and seemingly common scenarios of everyday life.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

The centrepiece of my images is always the figure; as an individual or in a community, still or in motion. For the pieces that I will be showing I was interested in doing two things: looking into how I can use colour and gradients in my work but more importantly, experimenting with the format e.g. the quantity of canvases/printing blocks next to each other, transforming a single person into a group/community.

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Julia Peintner “FIGURES”
Date: September 23 (Saturday) and 24 (Sunday), 11:00 to 18:30, free entrance
* We will hold an exhibition opening party and an artist talk on 23rd (Sat), starting at 15:30.
* The exhibitions by other current residence artists will be also held on the same dates.

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Exhibition view at Screen 3, Chikuzen-Marbaru Shopping Street for “Short Short Film Festival & Aisia 2017 in Fukuoka” on September 16 2017
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