Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Ryoko Endo

A Brand New Day with You, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

54 x 72 inches

Ryoko Endo

The Wind and the Wall, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 24 inches

Ryoko Endo

When Watermenlon Breaks in Your Hands, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 36 inches

 Ryoko Endo

Let Me Guide to the Next Odyssey, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 68 inches

Ryoko Endo

Lazy on the Sand, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

56 x 36 inches

Ryoko Endo

Isson 2, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

54 x 54 inches

Ryoko Endo

I Hate When Nice Things Break, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

58 x 40 inches

Ryoko Endo

Hey Mom, There's a Mondkey on the Phone, 2020

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 inches

Ryoko Endo

Jaunt, 2017

Acrylic, paper and pencil on caqnvas

60 x 48 inches

Ryoko Endo

J, 2020

Mixed media on paper

16 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Ryoko Endo

Magical Smile, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

68 x 48 inches

Ryoko Endo

Now Go On, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

68 x 48 inches

Ryoko Endo

Garden Talk 1, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

48 x 60 inches

Ryoko Endo

Rain on the Window, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 inches

Ryoko Endo

Iris Maze, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

36 x 30 inches

Ryoko Endo

C, 2020

Mixed media on paper

16 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Ryoko Endo

M, 2020

Mixed media on paper

16 x 12 inches

Ryoko Endo

#3 Begin it Again, 2017

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 60 inches

Ryoko Endo: Color Odyssey

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans

January 2 – 30, 2021

Opening reception: Saturday, January 9, 10 am – 6 pm

 

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring abstract paintings by Japanese American artist Ryoko Endo. This is the first exhibition at Octavia Art Gallery for the artist.

 

Ryoko Endo was born into a traditional family in Fukushima, Japan and attended a Catholic mission school. As a child, her mother encouraged her to wear a glove on her dominant left hand so that she would learn to use her right, as it was thought that left-handed children brought shame onto a family. Because of this experience, she can paint equally with both hands. Upon moving to New York City in 1994, one of her instructors was second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter, Kikuo Saito. Saito inspired her to create colorful abstract paintings, which continues to be her focus today. Endo’s paintings explore the union between color and movement. She pursues the possibilities of various color combinations, which convey emotion. The way she moves each element empowers her paintings, and brushstrokes vary according to speed, thickness, density, and rhythm. Her calligraphy requires complete concentration, as it is an unforgiving practice; in this respect it becomes a type of meditation.

 

Ryoko Endo studied graphic design and typography at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then furthered her studies in painting at the Art Students League, NYC. She has exhibited extensively throughout New York in both solo and group exhibitions and in 2015 she received a Trudy and Henry Gillette Painting scholarship.