Tomomi Maruyama Artist of the Week
Whether painting the still life of a butcher’s shop, the semi figurative graffiti style work, or flowing free in pure abstraction Tomomi Maruyama creates art that jumps from the canvass. Regardless of the style she chooses to work in, there is always an undercurrent of deep spirituality that resides within her paintings. Peaceful beatific figures sit in quiet contemplation in front of wonderfully varied and skilfully captured backgrounds. A sketchy group of musicians smile with a humble joy as they prepare for a concert, their earthy good nature shining through in their ancient, yet lively faces. Whatever the subject, Maruyama finds the inner beauty and paints it in a unique and breathtaking way.
In one picture a figure proclaims silence to be gold, while another painting shows the wry knowingness of the family cat. In Maruyama’s work meaning bubbles away beneath the everyday scenes of life and emotions seep through the mundane. In ‘Higher Self’ a simple outline depicts a meditating face in front of a sublime mixture of spring colours and abstract shapes. These are works which connect with the inner soul of the viewer and appeal to the spirit as well as the eye. They sing with a free spirited bohemian dream, and show a moment of calm reflection in our busy, hectic world. Mixing street art styles with traditional painterly techniques, the artist manages to create work that glows and resonates on the canvass, capturing the re-birth feeling of spring.
Music is a great influence on Maruyama, who references the skill of musicians in two of her paintings. Both of these pictures capture the energy and sheer joy of the musician’s craft, blending figurative outlines with a resonating pastel pallet. The series of Strangelove pictures shows the turbulence and joy of an open heart and an appreciative soul. When she paints abstractions she focuses on all the big emotions; passion, desire, innocence and sensuality. In these paintings she manages to create the rhythm and pulse of these feelings, capturing their essence with a deceptive ease. Maruyama is originally from Japan but now lives and works in London and is deserving of this week’s LondonArt artist of the week.