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My art is an attempt to visually capture the nostalgic moods from my earliest childhood in Japan. I feel slightly out of place anywhere I travel on earth, but those warm memories and nuances are home to me.
My vision manifests itself in realistic watercolor faces surrounded by cultural elements, pattern or flora, and deep symbolism pertaining to my ponderings at the time of painting.
I hope that by evoking those moods through color and form, I can impart to my viewers a glimpse of simplicity, peace, and exotic yet unassuming beauty... and the importance for the fleeting feelings that make us feel home.
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. Even after graduation, Japanese motifs would evermore be her muse. JUURI 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 capture the nostalgic moods from her earliest childhood in Japan. She works primarily with watercolor, acrylic, and gold leaf, although she is more recently known for her massive murals.
To purchase work: Etsy
To see what inspires her: Pinterest
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 is often very personal to me.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?
I can create custom paintings in regards to size, color, theme, and mood. I however do not paint custom portraits. Email me with any questions or to get a quote! Custom pieces start around $1500 USD minimum, excluding shipping prices.
WHERE CAN I SEE YOUR MURALS?
- "Fortune Favors the Brave" (44th & Western, OKC)
- Mural for Little Purse Restaurant (Newark Airport, C2 Concourse)
- Mural for Auto Wizard (Flood and Acres, Norman OK)
- Mural for Norman Police Department (NPD Training range, Norman OK)
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO PURCHASE YOUR ART?
My Etsy shop for Japanese paintings is here. My Etsy shop for abstract paintings is here. I ship worldwide. You can also see prints in person at DNA Galleries (OKC) and Thumbprint Gallery (San Diego.)
DO YOU GIVE DISCOUNTS ON YOUR ART?
I don't usually discount my work, but I often have special promotions and events. You can find out about them via my Facebook page, or by joining my mailing list below!
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. For my murals, I prefer the superior quality of HIS Exterior Latex paint.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I love Japanese culture and history. I also like foreign films, music videos, and design blogs. Travel is an essential part of my life and provides the biggest inspiration of all. 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!
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO NEW ARTISTS?
I've written a blog post about that very topic here!
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