Harumi Abe is a Japanese native artist from Tokorozawa, Saitama, who has lived in South Florida nearly half of her life. Her current series of work, “Shakkei” are abstracted landscape paintings, layered with snap shot images and childhood memories emerge as fresh perspectives on Florida and Japan. Abe paints visual topography of her inner self and sense of belonging to both places. Finding unity in a balanced, emotional palette, the artist’s relationship to these prismatic landscapes is magnified by “borrowing” from the regions to create meaningful connections with her beloved homelands.
Abe has actively shown her works locally and internationally. Her recent solo shows include, Walgreen windows project by Oolite Arts, AIRIE Nest in the Everglades National Park, Lee Wagener gallery in the Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood Airport, and Coral Contemporary gallery. Her works are collected by the de la Cruz Collection, the Girls Club Collection, Liza and Arturo Mosquera Collection and other private collections. Abe received the South Florida Cultural Consortium in 2008 and 2021. She has attended residencies at South Florida Art Center (Oolite Arts), Vermont Studio Center, Everglades Artist and Residence Program and Dickinson House Residency in Belgian. Abe holds an MFA from Florida International University. She was an adjunct professor teaching art at many south Florida Colleges and was a full time, painting professor at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, she is working from her home studio in Hollywood, FL.
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Acrylic gouache on panel
8" x 10"