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Biography

Born in Hiroshima, Japan
1973
Landed immigrant in Canada
1981
Settled in Victoria, BC where she still currently resides


Inventory Catalogue


Education
1967
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Oil Painting, Joshi Bijutsu Daigaku Women's College of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1976
Printmaking Course in Lithography, Bankff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta
1981
Printmaking Course in Etching, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
1986
Millenium Film Workshop (8mm and 16mm film), New York School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
1997
Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Bronze Casting, Lumsden, Scotland

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2016
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2012
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Painting and Graphite Drawing and 3D Work, Galerie 412, Tokyo, Japan
2008
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006
Painting and Graphite Drawing, McPherson Library Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
2005
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003
Painting and Graphite Drawing, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - Art Rental, Victoria, British Columbia

Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998
Painting and Graphite Drawing, A Square Kanda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996
Painting, Graphite Drawing and Installation, Amelia Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1994
Painting, Graphite Drawing and Installation, Amelia Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1990
Painting, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
1986
Paper Sculpture, McPherson Library Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013
Graphite Drawing with Mixed Media, "International Women's Day Art Show", Victoria, British Columbia
2006
Graphite Drawing, "Global and Canadian Kaleidoscopes", McPherson Library Gallery, University of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia
2003
Graphite Drawing, "Artopolis", CBC Television Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia
2000
Graphite Drawing, "Art 2000", The Royal Canadian Academy of Art Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
1985
Graphite Drawing, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia

Awards
2004
Creation/Production Grant, Canada Council for Arts
2000
Travel Grant - Tokyo Exhibition, Canada Council for Arts
1998
Travel Grant - Tokyo Exhibition, Canada Council for Arts
1997
Travel Grant - Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Scotland, Canada Council for Arts
1988
Special Project Grant - Visible Maze Installation, Victoria Community Art Council
1986
Bursary Scholarship - New York School of Visual Arts, Victoria Community Art Council
1985
Mayor Prize - Victoria Chinatown Installation, City of Victoria
1976
Bursary Scholarship, Banff School of Fine Arts

Collections

Art Bank Canada Council
Private Collections: Japan, Canada and USA

Artist Statement

My art practice consists of pencil drawing and oil painting.  My drawings create dream-like landscapes using repeating cross lines with hard pencils (H to 10H).  This slow process results in drawings that are very subtle and soft in mood.  In the past few years, I have created landscapes drawn from the West Coast where I have been hiking from one point to the next, observing scenes of nature as though they were sequences in film.  My art expresses and documents indefinite engagement with nature and the universe.  I am always in pursuit of simplicity, and the essence of my art is expressed in hand-made drawings that feature primitive lines created with pencil.

My paintings focus on the subtleness of colour, balanced by a layering technique of oil paint and tempera paint on linen.  For decades I have been exploring Northern Canada, the Pacific Northwest's coastal wilderness, and the deserts of Southwestern United States.  This nature offers me an outer landscape that is in dialogue with my inner landscape.

Yumie Kono


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