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About

Yuri Shimojo, Japanese painter, author and activist
下條ユリ
下條ゆり
下条ユリ
下条ゆり
しもじょうゆり
Shimojo Yuri author of Chiisana Rakugaki, or Tiny Scribble in English, an autobiography and memoir of her early life in Tokyo growing up in a Bohemian atmosphere, the last descendant of a samurai lineage. Her work as a visual artist has integrated her Japanese culture with studies in Shamanism, and her participation in peace activism and expresses something ancient and contemporary, transcending culture to a universality of emotion and being.

 

Portrait by Geoffrey Berliner / Penumbra Foundation

Yuri Shimojo was born 1966 in Tokyo.
She is the last descendant of her samurai lineage. 
In her youth, she practiced the Japanese traditional art of tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and especially Noh and Kabuki theatrical dance performance for more than 20 years. Yuri also spent many years living in Hawaii since her childhood. She currently lives and works between New York and Kyoto. These experiences moving between cultures have influenced her work throughout her life and continue to bring new sources of inspiration today.

In addition to her personal fine artwork, Yuri is drawn to the world of indigenous cultures, which has led her studying universal shamanism as a certified healing practitioner and intuitive communicator with animals. Her Boston Terrier dog, Rudy the RudeBoy, is her best mentor.

Yuri Shimojo has published several books in Japan, including: Chiisana Rakugaki~Tiny Scribble (1997), a memoir of her unique childhood with her family, which was republished in 2007.

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interviews and films about the artist

 

SUMI and SHU
Picture Farm, 2016

From Kyoto House, Shiharu, 2015

Yuri’s Japanese Crudité, with Julia Sherman
Salad for President, Kyoto, 2014

From Kyoto House, Arne #13:大橋歩さんからのインタビュー, 2014

Memento Mori Exhibition at Kyoto Temple in Kinari
Japanese Arts and Culture Magazine, 2012

NYで感じた after 311 - Free Paper Dictionary, Japanese Arts and Culture Magazine, 2011

Envisioning Diaspora, 2009 — Interviews Book

The Journals, 2007, about Yuri’s travel journals
THEME Arts and Culture Magazine Issue 10

Interview on Art, Illustration and Memoir in D.P.I, Art and Design Magazine, Taiwan, 2007

Salvage + Assemble, Barnstormers mural show at Space Gallery, Maine, USA, 2006

Life in Williamsburg, Barfout, Japanese Arts and Cultural Magazine, 2001

 
 

Sumi and Shu
A short film about the artist’s practice
Picture Farm, 2016

 

About journaling/memoir/watercolor, from Williamsburg home studio  
Friends We Love, Artists Documentary Series, 2010