Yuri Shimojo is a Tokyo-born, contemporary Japanese painter who lives and works between New York and Kyoto. The last descendent of her samurai clan who lost all of her immediate family members before the age of 30, Shimojo has always used painting to express the interconnected emotions of joy and pain. Using traditional Japanese watercolor or ground SUMI and SHU ink, her work combines the abstract and the surreal, often playfully and always evocative of the desire for universal compassion.
With minimal formal training in fine art, her style is grounded in the practice of classical Japanese dance. Her publications include a memoir of her unique childhood with her late family. She also spent many years studying Hawaiian healing practices and spirituality. These experiences moving between cultures have influenced her work throughout her life and continue to bring new sources of inspiration. She has exhibited in the U.S. and Japan and is in private collections around the world.
Memento MoriSolo Exhibition by Yuri Shimojo 11 Mar - 18 Apr 2021Not long after March 11, 2011, the day of the earthquake and tsunami, Shimojo was in New York City, far from her ancestral homeland. She heard reports on the news of Sakura (Japanese cherry trees) blossoming amid the debris in Tōhoku, the epicenter of the earthquake. The disaster caused the...Read more
At Praise Shadows, Yuri Shimojo paintings give shape to lives lived and lostCate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, March 31, 2021
Escape The House With These 15 Spring Art ExhibitionsPamela Reynolds, WBUR, March 29, 2021
Yuri Shimojo Remembers the Natural Disaster of TohokuCoralie Kraft, The New York Times Style Magazine, March 11, 2021
Yng-Ru Chen ‘01 on Why She Opened Praise Shadows Art GalleryNina Wilder, Duke University, March 8, 2021