Kei Omotaka, JobonRendai-ji, 2 1/4"x3", Gouache on wood, 2012. Courtesy the artist.
Spring is a great time to scope out the work of recent graduates from the local art schools. There are a lot of open studios and thesis shows for graduate and undergraduate students alike. We were taken with the paintings by this recent graduate from a local Masters program. The works are little jewels influenced by traditions of middle-eastern miniature painting and Japanese woodblock masters. Some of them have a mix of fantasy and dream-references, illustrating the feelings of nostalgia and dislocation that come from living abroad. We plan on keeping track of her progress and would love to see her work supported by local collectors and curators.