an Japanese artist collective based in New York City. We strives to broaden and deepen the understanding of contemporary Japanese art to an international audience, Through hosting pop-up show and curating an online registrar of Japanese artists.


Junko Yamamoto

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Junko Yamamoto is a visual artist born and raised in Tokyo Japan. She started drawing at the age of three and knew then she wanted to become an artist. Junko moved to the states alone to go study abroad the age of 16. Graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Cum Laude in 1999. Her main medium has been oil painting; she also produces printmaking, animated video installations and mixed media installations.
Living in Seattle with her husband Sean and two cats.

In my work, I explore space and memories. The space between atoms, cells, between people, objects, air, stars, water and sky; the cosmic glue which holds us and the universe together. I like to push and pull, bringing other dimensions.
My process combines brush painting, layers of color and shapes, with brayers that give printmaking or stamp like quality. Brush strokes mimic calligraphy gestures I used to practice in my youth. The layering process is enhanced by my use of color and shape, suggesting textile, landscape and familiar pop culture.
My forms and strokes that reappear and disappear in all of the pieces signal cell divisions, electrons and atoms as well as consciousness and interconnectedness. Unity as a whole is my foundation.

TWO MAN EXHIBITION Works (Arts West, Curated by Susanna Bluhm Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Going the Distance, Select Art Marathon Artists (CoCA, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Bellevue College Alumni Exhibition (Bellevue College, Bellevue WA)
JURIED GROUP EXHIBITION (Flow Art Space, Juror, Sylvia White, St. Paul, MN )
GROUP EXHIBITION Valdosta National 2015 (Valdosta State University Arts Gallery, Susan Welsh Juror, Valdosta, GA )
TWO MAN EXHIBITION Last three years (TASTE at SAM Seattle Art Museum Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Nihon/WA: (White River Valley Museum, Curated by Greg Watson, Auburn, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Artists’ Choice, 40th Anniversary Celebration (SAM Gallery Seattle Art Museum Seattle
TWO MAN EXHIBITION Clusters and a drop, (Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA)
SOLO EXHIBITION I will see you again (E/C Gallery, Chicago, IL )
GROUP SHOW Experiment, (UrBANGILD, Collaboration with Soft, Kyoto, JAPAN )
SOLO EXHIBITION Traveling, (Gallery IMA, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Picture of Health, (City Hall Galleries, Harborview Medical Center collections Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION 35th Anniversary Celebration (SAM Gallery Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA)
SOLO EXHIBITION Wright Now, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House Foundation, Springfield, OH
GROUP EXHIBITION Introduction show (Gallery IMA, Seattle WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION now and then (SAM Gallery Seattle Art Museum Seattle, WA)
SOLO EXHIBITION New Works (IT! Gallery, Boise, ID)
SOLO EXHIBITION Shuynata (Gallery Lotus Roots, Osaka, JAPAN)
SOLO EXHIBITION Shuynata (J-Trip Art Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN)
SOLO EXHIBITION Shuynata (AT. 31, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Tra Est e Ovest, (Gas Art Gallery, Torino, ITALY)
SOLO EXHIBITION Shuynata (AT. 31, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Grand Opening Gala , (Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION 30th Anniversary Celebration (Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA)
SOLO EXHIBITION Shuynata, (King County Art Gallery AKA 4 Culture, Seattle, WA)
GROUP EXHIBITION Introduction , Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, Seattle, WA
GROUP EXHIBITION Pacific Northwest Annual Juried Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Brian Wallace Juror,
Bellevue, WA)

2016 City of Seattle – Office of Arts and Culture, Public Art Boot Camp recipient, Seattle, WA
2015 Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects, Seattle WA
Pratt Fine Arts Center Professional Artist in Residence, Seattle WA
2014 Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner WY – February-March
2007 Wright Now, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House Foundation, Springfield OH
1998-99 Cornish College of the Arts Merit Scholarship – Seattle WA

Public Art:
2016 Art Interruptions 2016, (City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Created temporary art in Rainer Valley
neighborhood., Seattle, WA)
City of Bellevue Portable Artworks, (Mini City Hall, Bellevue, WA)

1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Cum Laude, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
1995 AA Degree, Bellevue Community College, AKA Bellevue College, Bellevue WA

Selected Publications:
Pratt Fine Arts Center Magazine, Seattle, WA Interview, May-July 2016, , Page 17, 18, 27 and 28
Delta Airlines SKY Magazine, Interview, May/June 2013, Page 21
Art in America, Nov issue 2008
Art Ltd, Magazine, Nov issue, 2007
The Wall Street Journal Aug 18th 2006
Condé Nast TRAVELER America Issue , February 2006, page38
Gas Art Gallery, Gagliardi Art System ‘Tra Est e Ovest’ , Torino, Italy 2004