The Gallery at Crestanello Gran Caffe Italiano will exhibit the paintings of Junko Nakamura September 18 through October 22, 2006. With a more than 40 years career as a Japanese artist and a kindergarten school teacher of traditoinal Japanese arts ranging from painting to handicraft, Junko Nakamura has incorporated her wide experience to study the relationship between arts and human life. Her life study transpire through the subjects anmd colors of her paintings which emanate a profound yet lively inner spirituality.
This is how the artist describe her inspiration: "I started to learn Japanese dance at four - now, instead of using my body, I am dancing through the strikes of my paint brush, I strive to bring the heart of dance onto the canvas to convey the tone, movements and colors inherent in our music, dance and national costumes. For those who enjoy my work, I hope to evoke an entire spiritual climate, in the unique tradition of Japanese painting."
Traveling and sketching throughout Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, as well as the island of Mauritius and the U.S., the artist's body of work capture the heart of human tradition. A prolific talent, Nakamura has published many books, papers and reports initiating the importance and joy of art for generations to come.
With a B.A. in Japanese Painting and an M.A. in Art Education from Tokyo Gakugei University, Nakamura┼fs work has been represented in many exhibitions throughout Asia. This marks her first exposure in the United States. She is a member of Bijutuka Kyouiku Gakkai (Art Education), Kankyo Kyouiku Gakkai (Educational Environments), International Origami Society and Nihon Wayang Kyokai and has taught Japanese traditional painting for adults, painting and handicraft for children, and article molding for children at universities and high schools.
During his 42 years as a jazz bass player and a New York City resident, Teruo Nakamura has produced over 50 albums figuring upmost jazz musicians such as Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Roy Haynes, Grover Washington, Nona Nendryx and Helen Merrill, among others.
The exhibition and performance are in keeping with restaurant founder Antonio Crestanello's philosophy to blend his love of Italy, the arts and culture by presenting contemporary art exhibitions, cultural meetings and other special events in his Caffe.
Junko Nakamura is part of the Prestige Gallery in Sapporo, which promotes it's artists with a Gallery Portfolio at absolutearts.com. View more of Junko Nakamura's work at: http://galleries.absolutearts.com/prestige.