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Meet JUURI

Today we’d like to introduce you to JUURI.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born in Tokyo, Japan, to an American father and Japanese mother. Though we moved to the US when I was six years old, my early childhood in Japan is full of such wonderful memories; and the vibes and moods from that time are still what I try to encapsulate in my artwork. I’m now based in Oklahoma City. My background includes graphic design, illustration, digital art, and regular (paintings) artwork. In 2014 I painted my first mural… I was hooked! It wasn’t that much different from making paintings in the studio, except that everything was larger. The piece was larger, the impact was larger, and the audience was way larger than anything I could ever have from showing in a gallery. Ever since then, I’ve traveled all over the US and overseas to make my creations on walls! I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I still work in the studio though, (especially during covid), and also have started to explore fashion and new digital technologies like NFTs. Every day is an art adventure for me!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey has mostly been smooth, maybe because I am constantly getting excited about and trying new things. I love the unexpected and find comfort in the fact that none of my life (or even my year) is ever planned out very far ahead of time. The possibilities are limitless! I have been blessed with pretty consistent sales and interest in my work since the very beginning. Of course, we always struggle to do better and learn along the way. I feel very fortunate to be doing art full-time as a career.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m most well-known for my vibrant paintings and large murals of serene faces with florals. My work definitely has a Japanese influence, because that is my heritage and I can draw endless inspiration from it. I consider my work a modern version of “bijinga” and “yakusha-e” (portraits of beautiful women and portraits of kabuki actors), which is a very specific genre of art in Japan. I don’t know that many contemporary artists who are interested in traditional Japanese arts like kabuki, so I think this makes my work unique.

Can you talk about how you think about risk?
I don’t consider myself as much of a risk-taker compared to other street artists, but I suppose I am compared to other “normal” adults with “normal” jobs. I don’t like stability; I don’t like having my year planned out, or God forbid having my life planned out. I love to travel and start projects on a whim. I definitely revel in being strange in that respect. There’s no reason to take any career path or life choice that makes you unhappy, only with a far-off dream of being happy someday when you retire. I won’t have any part of that! I once heard an Australian speaker say “if it’s not fun, there’s no point in doing it.” I have to agree!

Pricing:

  • Murals starting at $18/sf
  • Prints starting at $35
  • Apparel starting at $35
  • Small original artworks starting at $650
  • Large original artworks starting at $4000

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