From March 1-29, New City Arts presents Titania's Fairies, an exhibition of paintings by Mineko Yoshida.
My series of nine paintings titled Titania’s Fairies is, of course, named after those magical beings in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They were painted between 2015 and 2016. The medium for number one and two is oil pastel, and for the rest of the paintings it is oil. As I worked on the paintings the figures began to remind me of the fairies that attend to the character Titania. Since my work is influenced by my study of classic Japanese Calligraphy, I was inspired to construct figures like I used to draw. I endowed each composition in a contrasting setting of background, balance, color, and spacing. One can easily trace the evolution from Japanese characters to the fairies flying like fireflies on the canvas.
MEET THE ARTIST
Mineko Yoshida is a Japanese-born, American-educated painter. She graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and attended New York School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Her work is greatly influenced by traditional Japanese Calligraphy, which she learned from age 7 to 19. She has exhibited in US, Canada, Europe, and Japan, and her work is featured in private collections internationally. She exhibits annually at National Artists’ Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Artwork images courtesy of the artist.
This Welcome Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception is supported by an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and in partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book. As always, this exhibit opening reception is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.