Marilla Blue and Orange
Exhibition of Art by Mari Inukai
October 25 - November 12
Reception: Saturday, October 25, 6:30-10 PM
The Marilla Blue and Orange exhibition melds two worlds of Mari Inukai. Her expressionistic portraiture, is now blurring and stepping into her other world, the imaginary. Her fictional characters, a team of illustrative creatures, which are part of her canon, appear as headdresses for her portraiture subjects. Facial expressions continue to appear pensive, yet inviting us to wonder. Inukai's pencil drawings continue in the same direction.
We're proud to exhibit Inukai's work and hope to share the images with the world. We'll exhibit both oil paintings and pencil drawings.
About Mari Inukai (bio taken from mariinukai.com)
Mari Inukai was born in Nagoya, Japan.
In 1995, Mari came to the United States to pursue her studies in art. She first attended Santa Monica Community College (Mentor program), Santa Monica, California, then Associates in Art, Sherman Oaks, California, and lastly, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, where she received her BFA in Character Animation in 2004. Her short animated film, Blue and Orange, has been an official selection at numerous national and international film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival 2003, and was the Japan Grand Prize winner at the Short Shorts Film Festival EXPO 2005. Her professional works include Walt Disney CP, Glendale, Sanrio,,co. LTD, Japan, Cartoon Network, Burbank, Nickelodeon, New York, Nylon Motion Inc., Los Angeles, Oishii Productions, Los Angeles and NGTV, Los Angeles. Along with her animation works, Mari regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings, as well as designs clothes, toy figures, and other fun products. She currently lives in Beverly Hills, CA with her daughter, Sena.
Mari’s paintings are an expression of her desires, ambitions, and hopes for the future, starting from where she stands now. Like water flowing, seeking its path, Mari channels her direction naturally, finding her importance as she travels forward. Discovering how her dreams and memories relate to her relationships with others from the standpoint of an artist and person, her paintings reflect all these feelings.