Mariko Irie 2014
July 3 - July 28, 2014
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Northcoast Artists Gallery is pleased to present “Mariko Irie 2014,” watercolor & oil paintings from July 3rd through July 28th.
Mariko, a lifelong painter, was born and raised in Tokyo. She received her BFA at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and moved to Mendocino in 1982 to pursue her painting career. She studied printmaking with Robert Rhodes and American Realism with Bill Martin at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg.
She has been fascinated by painting in watercolor for over 20 years. She enjoys working with water-mixable oil, which has rich, vivid colour, but still quite forgiving. Her paintings are traditional, yet have a wonderful, contemporary feel. Mariko says, “Paintings are like pages of my diary.”
Mariko has been in numerous solo and group shows, receiving prizes as well as having paintings selected for posters of the Winesong 1995, the Mendocino Music Festival 2004, “The Voices From Earth” concert 2005, “Art in the Garden” 2008, “Mendocino Coast Garden Tour” 2013, and a cover of the magazine “Mendocino Arts” winter issue 2008.
Her work is widely collected throughout the United States, Japan, England, Germany and Canada, and is included in the public collection of Newport Communications in California and the Miasa Governor in Japan. Locally, Mariko is represented at Northcoast Artists Gallery in Fort Bragg; the Mendocino Art Center and the Highlight Gallery in Mendocino; and Glendeven Inn in Little River.
For a more extensive view of Mariko's work, visit her website at www.mariko-irie.com