Works on Paper

Artist Statement

Line is the main component and quietness is an essential character of my work. The current work is an investigation into the relations between these two things.

When I make a line, it certainly makes a sound. Although faint, the sound that is created by my movement of making a line resonates, ripples through my memories, and evokes emotions. This chain reaction leads me to the next line. As I keep on working and the lines get intensified, resonating sound in my mind grows louder. However, at a certain point, the sound level begins to go down, as if each new sound counterbalances the old one. Consequently, my work starts to transform into a quiet field of lines. When my work reaches an absolute silence, I feel that the piece I have been working is completed. The quietness in my work is not just a lack of sound, but it is brimming over with silent energy that is the result of intense repetition of my line making movement.

Artist Biography

Kumiko Fujinami was born in Osaka, Japan in 1943 and in 2009 completed her diploma from Vancouver Island School of Art. Previous to her visual arts training, Fujinami published two books, a collection of poetry, short stories and wrote essays for local magazines and newspapers in Japan. She taught and was an administrator at Osaka Literature School until 1985. Fujinami has focused on line work in painting and drawing, a natural extension of her background and being. Although the presentation of her work appears automatist, her procedure is very labour intensive often taking up to six weeks to complete one work. Her composition, colour choices, medium and sense of depth are derived from her cultural background and draw on her former practice of hand writing letters and characters. Kostuik Gallery is pleased to have discovered and now exclusively represent both her collage paper works and gel pen drawings, which have been acquired profusely since her debut show in 2009. Anticipation is her response to the tragic tsunami in Japan, and opened June 2011.


Blowing in the Wind (Green): $650
Sprouts (Sakura): $850
Morning 5: $1,700.00
Transmute 6: $950

Morning 8: $2,800.00 Sold
Morning 9: $2,800.00 Sold
Summer 3: $2,600.00 Sold
Spring 5: Sold
Ripples 4: $1,200.00 Sold
Ripples 5: Please see current bid Sold

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