My works are a reaction to my surroundings. They welcome the viewer to wander through their spaces and along their paths with a sense of belonging, sharing in the belief that everything has a life of its own; a life that is continually being transformed and passed on from one place to another. In the small universe created on canvas, I see reflected an infinite appreciation of everyday life, of being.
As I work, I let things happen on their own. I move my pencils and brushes along with my mind's rhythm intuitively, almost in the manner of Zen.
September 20, 2005
Artist Bio / CV
Juri Morioka is a Tokyo born painter, living in New York City. She received her BFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in 1990, and has had solo shows in New York City, Portland, Oregon, four solo shows in Tokyo, The American University in Dubai in 2009, and a two person show in Abu Dhabi. She has participated in group shows in New York City galleries such as Edward Thorp and Sideshow, at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in overseas galleries in Basel, Switzerland, Dubai, and Paros, Greece.
Morioka has received grants from The Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, The Ruth Chenven Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The Institute for Civil Society, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, along with a chashama artist-in-residence subsidized studio space grant, and a full-fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
Her works can be seen nationally and internationally at galleries in New York City, Portland, Sarasota, Damascus, Tokyo, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections such as the HH Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saif Al Nahyan Collection (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Andi Emerson Collection (New York, NY), Alec & Mitsuko Emmerson Collection (Dubai, UAE), and SONY (Tokyo).