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Smooth, Skillful Portraiture by Kim Fujiwara


A painting of a young woman with a laptopSteph, oil paint

Kim Fujiwara is a Michigan-based artist known for his smooth, skillful portraiture and detailed scenes. Kim came to be an artist after years spent working as a commercial illustrator, and his eye for quality illustration shines through in all of his creative works.

 

A watercolor portrait of a young womanKimberly, colored pencil and wash

I really love the slightly loose and soft-edged style that Kim tends to employ in his works. Sometimes he exaggerates this, as in his watercolor and pencil portraits, where the image focus seems to blur out in a circle, radiating from the subject’s face. Kim’s subject matter varies widely – while the artist has a particular affinity for depicting the cowboys and indigenous peoples of the Old West, his portfolio contains equally beautiful paintings of modern scenes such as car-lined streets and industrial ships on the water.

 

A screen capture of Kim Fujiwara's art websiteKim's art website

 

Kim’s use of color is fantastic. It especially shines in his landscape works, where the backgrounds behind figures - whether forests, fields or oceans –are given a classical treatment, with layers upon layers of different colors forming an overall impression of depth and complexity. 

 

A painting of a setting for green teaGreen Tea, oil


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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