Journey is a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Sei Saito, an accomplished Japanese artist living in Flagstaff. Saito creates large scale acrylic paintings ranging in size as big as 8 feet tall.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, June 19, 2015. It will be open thereafter Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm, June 23 – August 15, 2015.
Saito will conduct the same talk and tour on August 13, 2015.
Saito will also lead a workshop and tour of her studio in Flagstaff. The workshop, Heart to Heart: Coaching the Artist Within, is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015. It will take place at Saito’s studio in Doney Park near Flagstaff. For more information, click here.
From the artist’s statement:
“As a Japanese artist now living and working in Arizona, I am influenced by the environment, patterns and colors in Arizona’s southwestern cultural heritage. The paintings in the exhibition are based on personal histories, myths and images influenced by living in Arizona and my Japanese heritage. The paintings become a window for the view to enter into a world of shapes, color and form. Nature and memories are often the themes of my works.
“I believe the strongest art works come out of what the artist is intimately familiar with. I am striving for my works to be a visual reflection of my responses to the immediate world and events around me. I try to develop a poetic language attempting to convey these brushstrokes, as visual metaphors, both tangible and elusive, layered in meaning. I explore ideas about experiences and the most transcendent or spiritual realms. Living between cultures, these images have become the dominant visual metaphor in my works.”