My art is part of a forever journey to find home.
As a mixed-race (Japanese+American) person raised between two vastly differing continents and two vastly differing cultures, "home" has always been an elusive concept to me. Growing up, I often felt lost; an outsider in both countries and never quite settled anywhere.
To counter this feeling of lostness, I have always drawn and painted. I find solace in the melancholy faces of my girls surrounded by florals and traditional Japanese kimono pattern. I feel purpose in my portraits of unlikely warriors and the inexorable fellowship of suffering known only to those happy few.
When a collector selects one of my pieces to complete a room in their home, or when I'm able to engage in meaningful conversation with a passerby to one of my street art pieces... those moments are the most special. Through my art, I am no longer a stranger anywhere, but am able to belong everywhere. And with that knowledge, I am finally home.
JUURI was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1983 and moved to the US with her family when she was six. Her art and murals are driven by faces, flora, complex Biblical themes, and unlikely courage.
JUURI's unique aesthetic is in demand all over the country, and she travels continually to paint her vibrant murals. Her pieces can be seen in Oklahoma City area; Newark, NJ; Orlando, FL; Lynn, MA; Houston, TX; Virginia Beach, VA; and overseas in Israel. Collectors of her artwork include models, TV stars, and top art purveyors on the global scene.
A limited number or original artwork is available to collect via the store. Prints of her work are stocked by DNA Galleries (Oklahoma City), and Thumbprint Gallery (La Jolla, CA).
When she is not painting and traveling, JUURI enjoys visiting local businesses and coffee shops, shopping thrift stores for unique fashion, playing with her rescue dog, and volunteering with local law enforcement.
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