VAM 37 | Artist Profile: Kenji Makino

Kenji Makino, White Dune and Lagoon, 2014, 61 x 91 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Visual Arts Mississauga 37th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 15 – February 14, received 232 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 41 artists to be in the show.

Until the end of the exhibition, the AGM blog will feature VAM 37 artists. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM!

Vote for the VAM 37 People’s Choice Winner at our facebook page! To purchase works, contact the AGM.

In this post, the AGM blog features Kenji Makino.

How did you come to the idea to construct this work? What was the thought process behind it and what were your strategies in expressing this idea visually?

The goal of this work was to express the impact of the white dunes and lagoons of the Lencois Maranhenses in Brazil. How to do that was a big challenge for me as there are only three elements — vast white sand, blue lagoons, and the sky. My strategy for this painting was also simple — paint and paint over again and again until the colour of the dunes, the color of the lagoons, and the color of the sky were convincing, while maintaining simplicity, expressing the feeling of vastness, and avoiding faults of over-painting.

Based on your experience in the 905, what has been the importance of a public art gallery and juried art shows?

I believe in the role of a public art gallery. It enriches the community and also gives a feeling of belonging to the local artists. I have entered into many open juried art shows, which have acted as a kind of sounding board and greatly contributed to my work ethic.

Who’s your favourite artist (ideally within the 905)? How do you feel this artist has inspired your work?

Many, but to name one, Nicholas De Stael. His free-spiritedness, boldness, and risk-taking.