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 childhood was a happy one, filled with drawing, creating, and exploration.
Her university schooling in graphic design blended with her fine art studies paved the way for her unique aesthetic. JUURI's mixed media work and street art are driven by faces, flora, Japanese motifs, and unlikely courage.
JUURI's murals can be seen in Oklahoma City (OK), Norman (OK), Newark Airport (NJ), Orlando (FL), Lynn (MA), and overseas in Shtula, Israel. In addition, JUURI has sold hundreds of paintings and prints from her online store. Her collectors include models, TV stars, and top art purveyors on the global scene.
Her work is also stocked by DNA Galleries (Oklahoma City), Thumbprint Gallery (La Jolla, CA), Sketch & Press (Redding, CA), and veteran-owned Thirty Seconds Out (online).
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 watching Japanese TV programs.
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