It is profoundly clear how Junko Kitamura’s Japanese origins influence both her aesthetic and her appeal for the printmaking process itself.
Many of Kitamura’s highly dynamic prints can be seen to echo the collective psyche of post war Japan. Human endurance and tenacity is evoked and explored through shadowy relics of the industrial age and mechanization.
This contemporary industrial style adopted by the artists is organic and animated in form and quality. Diametrical opposed elements create a tapestry of surprises which are dynamic and inventive.
Within this tumult of imagery there is balance and refinement, strength with subtlety and an energy that is both unrestrained and contagious.
Junko Kitamura was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1980. In 2004 she completed a degree in printmaking with high standing at the Kyoto Seiko University.
During this time Kitamura was invited internationally to participate in Print-making and textile workshops in both Austria and Canberra.
Whilst still studying, Junko’s artwork was nominated for display at the Kyoto Museum Exhibition and was then selected for the MASUO IKEDA Exhibition for printmaking.
Junko has exhibited many times since coming to WA and Won several Awards including, The City of Melville Art Award “Works on Paper”, Deloitte Spring Rose Art show “People Choice Award” and Open Mind Open doors Art exhibition “Special Commendation”.