Thursday, 16 April 2009


Artist Minako Abe's process begins by importing images of landscapes into a computer. By twisting and skewing the original image, everyday scenes are distorted into a panoply of unexpected shapes and colors. Abe then uses these modified digital images to create masking layers and rolls color onto her canvases in broad strokes. It is this technique and choice of a roller over a brush that give Abe's canvases their smooth matte textures. If likened to the human face, in Abe's paintings we find a full range of expressive emotion from sorrow to anger to glee. Through Abe's deliberate process of distortion the viewer is reintroduced to the abundant wealth of expression latent in the scenery that surrounds us every day.(kalonset)

Minako Abe

1974 Born in Chiba, Japan
2000 Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, Painting Department
2004 Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Master Course
Lives and works in Tokyo

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