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Tomi Urayama
Princeton, NJ

Artwork Details
Moon Gazing III
Oil on Canvas
30" x 40"

Tomi Urayama has brought with her from Japan a unique painting style she originally crafted from painting kimonos.  Her transformation to canvas has resulted in work that is said to be mystical and vibrant “pulling you right into its emotion.”  Urayama explains that she paints the back of women and not their faces. The hands flow as fluid, as water, and seem full of emotion, speaking in their own way of the things that shape a life and that tell a story. “I wanted the characters in my paintings to be everyone, you and me, to keep their faces quiet. Hands are the symbolic things that show feeling.  People get their own story from my paintings, and that makes me happy.”

Over the past few years her work has been featured in several regional exhibitions including The National Art League 70th Annual Open Exhibition in Douglaston, NY, National Juried Exhibition at Nese Alpan Gallery in Roslyn, NY, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and the 1999 TAWA Invitational’s in Trenton, NJ.  She is also the recipient of the 2001 Harlon-Dalas Award from the Phillips Mill Community Association in New Hope, PA and the 2000 First Place Winner of the Stage Gallery's International Solo Competition in Merrick, NY.