May 3 – June 2, 2018
Joan Kimura has made prints her entire career as an artist. Her first print exhibit in 50 years showcases work from 1957 to 2018. She writes, “I approach printmaking as drawing. Each piece is a new journey, and as my life changes so does my impression of it. I do prints when I feel I have an image that I feel would be appropriate for a print. I have completed boxes of images. My life is art. I look forward to making new images in varied media. I plan to continue lino print making.” (Artist statement below)
My art is my journal. It reflects my feelings and experiences, past and present. As my life changes so does my expression of it. I want my images and language to respond to my feelings. My subjects primarily incorporate the human figure, ethnic art and objects from the world around me. I abstract and interweave figurative elements as needed. Each piece is an entity unto itself. The first lino print I ever made was when I was about 14 years old.
Joan has been a working artist for over 50 years. Joan Kimura’s work has been in galleries from New York City to Anchorage Alaska. Joan was a professor of art for 23 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her artwork is in the three most prestigious museums in Alaska: Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Juneau Museum and the Fairbanks Museum. Joan’s work has also been in galleries in New York City and in Anchorage Alaska.