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My art is an attempt to visually capture the nostalgic moods from my earliest childhood in Japan, and to reconcile them with my current outlook on the world.
My vision manifests itself in realistic watercolor faces surrounded by cultural elements, pattern or flora, and deep symbolism. Some of my pieces contain themes which people may find dark or macabre, but they represent defiance in the face of defeat... a tenacious attitude I've had since childhood and have developed further in recent years. I'm continually seeking the balance between my old comforting memories, and the newer, bolder comfort that comes from having lost all fear of death.
I hope my images are both luscious and haunting to you, and that they would cause you to look more deeply into both beauty and courage.
JUURI is a Japanese + American artist born in Tokyo on Christmas Eve, 1983. She currently lives and works near Oklahoma City in the USA.
JUURI grew up in the Midwestern US, graduating from a small Oklahoma university with a Bachelor's in graphic design. The many Japanese exchange students she met there helped her connect back to the culture from which she had been away for so long. After graduation, Japanese motifs as seen through her current multi-cultural lens would evermore be JUURI's muse. She visits her friends and family in Japan as often as she can and hopes to move back there someday.
JUURI's art is an attempt to visually capture the nostalgic moods from her earliest childhood in Japan, and to reconcile them with her current outlook on the world. She works primarily with watercolor, colored pencil, and digital means. Recently, she is also known for her massive murals.
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Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME?
I sign my Japanese-themed artwork “JUURI” (従理), which is my Japanese given name. It's basically pronounced the same as “Julie.” The kanji (Japanese characters) mean "Submit to the Truth." To keep a separation between two very different bodies of work, I use my American name, Julie Robertson, to sign my abstract pieces.
WHAT IS YOUR ETHNICITY?
I am 3/4 Japanese, 1/4 Caucasian. I was born in Japan and moved to the US when I was six. I do speak Japanese, and go back as often as I can to see relatives and gain invaluable inspiration.
ARE YOUR PAINTINGS OF YOURSELF?
I sometimes use my face for reference when I don't have a model, but none of my works are intended to be actual "self-portraits." However, the moods and symbolism I use are extremely personal to me. It's a very therapeutic outlet of emotions that are so complex that I can't even put them to words.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?
I can create custom paintings in regards to size, color, theme, and mood. I however do not paint custom portraits. Custom pieces start around $1500 USD minimum, excluding shipping prices. I also take mural commissions worldwide. Like my paintings, I only create murals in my style of art. Prices start at $2000 + cost of travel. Email me with any questions or to get a quote!
WHERE CAN I SEE YOUR MURALS?
- "Fortune Favors the Brave" (44th & Western, OKC)
- Mural for Little Purse Restaurant (Newark Airport, C2 Concourse)
- Mural for Norman Police Department (NPD Training range, Norman OK)
- Ramen Girl (Goro Ramen, OKC) [Mural is in progress]
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE YOUR ART?
WHAT MEDIUM ARE YOUR PAINTINGS?
They are usually watercolor, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper or wood. I also use a lot of gold leaf. My new "tradigital" series are digital collages of hand-painted elements which I scan into the computer. For my murals, I prefer the superior quality of HIS Exterior Latex paint.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Japanese culture and history, fashion, travel, and stories of unlikely warriors from around the world.
My abstract works are a bit different. They are a study of composition, color combinations, and my favorite interior design trends of the moment. They are fueled by coffee, dreams, and lots of electrodreampop!