We are so happy to announce our next art show, “It’s Just the Way It Happens” a solo exhibition by Fumiko Kimura. Fumiko has an incurable passion for sumi art with one question in her mind, “what if I try this...” Her inspiration for paintings in series evolves from the environment around her. The techniques of sumi painting are based on spontaneous usage of brush works capturing the essence of subjects from the heart in which simplicity of expression is the key note. In mixed media collages there are no intentional plans. Only the material supplies that are laid out before her and she responds to the progressing images as if the “conversation” is taking place. The title of the art work is ultimately found at the end of the process. She continues to explore sumi techniques that incorporate watercolors and collages in the form of traditional, semi-abstracts and abstracts. Current paintings in this exhibition are representatives of various themes that were explored in the recent past conveying her feelings of serenity and understanding of sumi art.
Fumiko was born inRexburg, Idaho to immigrant parents from Japan. She is co-founder of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists who began her journey in art at the age of 10. Going to Japan in 1940 to visit her grandparents near Sendaii in Northern Japan, the family was caught there at the out break of World War II. Through the hard times she learned to paint in Nihonga, a Japanese style opaque watercolor and Western watercolor techniques and found an inner life in art. Returning to Tacoma in 1947, as a high schooler, she lived with an American family to relearn English and after a career in chemistry following a B.S. degree (eventually an M.A. degree in Art Education) from the University of Puget Sound she returned to more serious painting.
Throughout the years, she has taught at the University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College. She was named “1988 Artist of the Year” for her outstanding contribution to visual art by the Pierce County Arts Commission. In 1994 she was awarded a $1000 grant by Artist’s Trust, GAP Fund, Seattle WA for a special project, “Harmony in Conflict: Forest Phoenix” which explored the deforestation theme through sumi painting. Subsequently she received three other grants including publication of beginner’s sumi book (1977) and Initiative Project Grants from Tacoma Arts Commission (2002, 2003, 2009).
Her watercolors, sumi art and mixed media collages have been featured in many exhibits and at juried and invitational exhibitions at the Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Puget Sound, New York City, Taiwan and Japan. Her works are among the collection of Swedish Hospital, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Plum Creek Timber Co, Microsoft, City of Tacoma and numerous private collections in Germany and Japan. Currently she continues to paint, exhibit and teach in the Puget Sound community.
Open Studio Preview
August 14-September 28, 2014
Meet the Artists Reception
August 23 2-5 pm
Morso is happy to hold a preview of this year’s Open Studio Tour in our gallery from August 14 – September 28. Morso will display work from many of the local artists participating in this year’s tour. We will hold a Meet the Artists Reception on August 23 from 2-5pm. Come and get a sneak preview of the work from this wonderful annual local art studio celebration. This event is free.