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Classically Styled Portraits by Kumiko Buller


A painting of a woman sitting on a chair in a grey dressKyoko, pastel on pumice board

Kumiko Buller was born in Japan and now lives and works in New York. As a figurative artist, Kumiko specializes in classically styled portraits created in blended pastels.  

 

A painting of a young woman sitting on a stoolMargie, pastel on pumice board

 

I like the softness of both the pastel medium and the particular way that Kumiko utilizes it, in these works. Though the subjects of the artworks tend to be subdued and straightforward, the softly blended and textured surface of each image lends them a pleasant, dreamy aesthetic. The figures in Kumiko’s works share a sense of easy movement that stems from this blending, as if captured in transit or while performing some activity.

 

A screen capture of Kumiko Buller's art websiteThe front page of Kumiko's art website

 

Also on Kumiko’s online portfolio are a series of black and white drawings. These drawings sometimes take the form of highly detailed work in charcoal, pastel, and occasionally ink, Others are more like rough sketches, in which Kumiko uses layers of hard and fast line art to build up an image. 

 

An untitled drawing of a mysterious faceUntitled, Sumi ink and charcoal on pumice board


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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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