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 (従理, equivalent to the English name "Julie,") is a Tokyo-born muralist and artist. Her work is driven by the themes of war and peace; historical tradition and modern luxury. By layering poignant visuals (faces, florals, and fashion motifs) with paradoxical themes (often related to battle, folklore, or complex Biblical elements) JUURI achieves a recognizable and spellbinding aesthetic.
Her murals 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).
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