Kaori Fukuyama

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Origami Unfolding No.1, 2015 Oil On Canvas 48x48 © Kaori Fukuyama
Origami Unfolding No.2, 2015 Oil On Canvas 60x48 © Kaori Fukuyama
Space between certainty and the unknown, 2015 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Point of View, 2016 Oil On Canvas 24x20 © Kaori Fukuyama
Invitation to Infinity, 2015 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Invitation to Mystery, 2015 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Seifū Kaisei (West Wind, Clear Sky), 2015 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Sound of Stillness, 2016 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Aperture No.1, 2014 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Aperture No.5, 2014 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Aperture No.2, 2014 Oil On Canvas 36x36 © Kaori Fukuyama
Peaks and Valleys, 2015 Oil On Canvas 48x48 © Kaori Fukuyama
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
San Diego
Works in
San Diego
Representing galleries
Kelsey Michaels Fine Art, Gallery 825/ Los Angeles Art Association, Artamo Gallery
light and space painting, minimalism, painting

“I take inspiration from the magical interplay of color and light in both the natural world (sunset, dappled forest light, moonlit ocean) and in man-made environments (spotlights, reflection off a building, neon signs).  I create fields of color and light in an attempt to capture the radiance we encounter in everyday life, but beyond its standard context, by using an abstract, minimal, and direct language.  Oil paint allows me to investigate subtle transitions across a wide range of hue and saturation through careful blending and layering, a process that is meditative and engaging for me.  I seek to create paintings that evoke a lasting visual, emotional, and spiritual experience.”

Kaori Fukuyama was born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan where she first realized the magic of color and light in her surrounding natural environments. Her recent work explores a visual experience that is rooted in the Southern California light and space art movement, embracing vibrant colors, creating a sense of light, depth, volume, and playing with perception.  Fukuyama’s process involves careful and patient blending of multiple paint layers, and has its origin in the meditative craft-making tradition of her Japanese heritage. 

Kaori currently lives and works in San Diego, while maintaining her studio practice at Glashaus in Barrio Arts District.  Her artwork has been displayed at multiple galleries and juried shows in Southern California including Oceanside Museum of Art, William D. Cannon Gallery, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, San Diego Art Institute, LA Artcore and Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825.  Her work is currently represented by Artamo Gallery in Santa Barbara and Kelsey Michaels Fine Art in Laguna Beach, and has become a part of private and corporate collections. 


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