Release: Painter Yurika Nakae at Pasadena Fine Art
Back to Press Releases
Defying traditional labeling associated with fine
arts genres, "abstract impressionist," Yurika Nakae will stage
her first solo show at Pasadena Fine Art, with an opening scheduled
for Saturday March 27 at 630pm.
Yurika Nakae was born in China. Her Chinese name
is Jiang Lieqin. She moved to Tokyo in 1992, where she took part
in over twenty exhibitions in a ten-year period, attaining recognition
for her works by print and electronic media.
Explaining her unorthodox definition as a fine
artist, Yurika confides, "Many of my paintings might be described
as abstract, and many might be described as impressionistic, so
I suppose "Abstract Impressionism" is the genre my work
might be placed in. But this is an artificial distinction
for me. I don't think in terms of genre when I paint.
Yurika explains her work is more about imparting
her emotions than adhering to genre aligned technique. "For me,
paintings are very much about emotions. Even though a beautiful
scene may inspire me as an artist, it is the emotions the scene
inspires in me that guide my brush"..
is a kind of emotional communication that starts with the source,
then moves to me, then finally to the person viewing my painting.
My emotional connection to the viewer is just as important
to me as my emotional connection to the source. So, in this
sense, the viewer is also an inspiration to me."
Citing the likes of Monet, O'Keefe, Klimt, Picasso,
Matisse, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Dali as her key influences, Yurika
is keen to reinforce the autonomous nature of her creative vision.
"For me inspiration for a painting can come from anything, anywhere,
anytime. People I've known, places I've been. You could
almost say the paintings chose me, because it's not as if I decide
to go out in search of ideas for paintings. Something will
just jump out at me."
For example, I was on a flight not too long
ago, and was looking at a wide river snaking across the ground below.
I had to ask the flight attendant for some paper so I could
sketch my impressions, and then I used napkins when I was out of
paper! I don't seek the inspiration for my paintings. I
wish I had time to paint all the things that I encounter which inspire
Yurika has extensive training in visual design. She attended a highschool
and college that focus on visual arts. "In terms of oil painting
technique, however, I am largely self-taught," she says. "I
had very little specific training in oil painting, but have been
fortunate to meet a number of talented artists over the years who
have influenced my development."
"I usually spend a great deal of time before I ever begin painting
imagining what I want to paint. Once I really have the image
in my mind, I start working on a canvas, using what I know about
the materials and tools I use to make the image on the canvas
come as close as possible to the image in my mind's eye. The techniques
I use in the process are a means to that end."
Titled Impressions/Expressions, Yurika Nakae’s
solo show at Pasadena Fine Art will feature works from two series
of oil paintings, "Canal City" and "City Life,"
as well as other assorted works.
Pasadena Fine Art Gallery is located in
Old Pasadena, a town rich in culture and famous for its
unique shops and activities. It is an exciting place
for shoppers, tourists, and everyone who loves art. Pasadena
Fine Art Gallery brings you the best internationally known
contemporary artists today and authentic Chinese antique furniture.
Fine Art Gallery - Located at 34 S. Raymond Avenue. Pasadena
CA 91105 Tel: (626)683-8353
Media enquiries – Craig Stephens
323 660 1098
Written by Craig Stephens
Back to Press Releases