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Artist Statement

Fundamentaly I explore the reality of a painting. I try to make it with every kinds of figurative elements on a picture; color, shapes, composition, texture, brush stroke, touch, splash and so on. I want to give emotional and spiritual impact to the composition of figurative abstract elements.

I often start painting inspired with a combination of colors. One day I happened to see and was attracted at pieces of 2 different colors side by side on the table; dark gray and crimson.I wondered why I was impressed. Then it struck me that I perceived tough energy from it. I skeched out plans with water color. A week later, when I felt my emotion set deep enough into the subject, I started painting directly on canvas.

I sometimes work in chaos. I ask myself “What does the picture mean?” or “ Is the picture worth workig for?” My brain tells me “Wrong color!” or “ Wrong place!” I struggle to find next step to complete the work. I usualy work on almost 10 works at the same time. I keep working on a painting for three days, one for weeks, one for months or sometimes one for years. I often happen to find clues to complete each work this way. I have never been desperate. I believe I will come to the goal. I enjoy the process.

* Which artists/designers/creators (past or present) are you inspired and influenced by?
Tawaraya Sotatu, Hokusai, Syaraku, Sezanne, Andrew Wyeth

* Which of your work/works stands out as a highlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth and development? and why?
I worked under “Sky blue- series” in 1990-2005. I chose sky blue as a key color to start working and kept making a lot of works. I tried various ways of composition. This experience much encouraged me in making works.

* An artist of powerful creative voice and message, what do you wish to communicate to your audience?
You have far more power and sensibility to understand the world you live than you think. Don’t be afraid of going down to your real consciousness.

* Creatively, professionally and in all aspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works and art.
I want to enchant the audience with expression of figurative abstract elements.

Viviana Puello
ArtTour International Magazine

Misa Aihara draws her inspiration from many sources. Usually, she says, the image of the complete piece dosen't come to mind before she begins, but as she starts working on a piece, a small detail of the same can trigger her imagination and influence the result. Other times, this inspiration comes from the atmosphere or the whole structure of the canvas.

Many of her works have acquired her great popularity and recognition the world over. Just glancing at her works, one may classify them as abstract. On further scrutiny, however, one can begin to recognize an organized and planned spontaneity-the result, order out of chaos, compositions that evoke profound feelings in the viewer as an invitation to explore deeper dimensions of consciousness.

Misa Aihara is, without a doubt, one of the best artists who has emerged in the international art arena in recent years. Her works are timeless masterpieces full of depth and meaning. Aihara's passion, dedication, and drive are represented in every piece. She is incredibly accomplished and is striving to discover more in her research into colors and how they influence one's emotions. This unstoppable artist is a great source of inspiration, and her career is a testimonial to how far dedication and excellence can take an indivisual in her journey.

October 2016

Color as content by Rose Hobart 2012

Rose Hobart: There is a certain rhythmic pattern prevalent in many of your paintings, is there any correlation between the notion of musical composition and the performance of colors in your artwork?

Misa Aihara: Musical composers work with sounds, which are originally noise. Sound alone, does not express a concrete rhythm. I am interested in that notion of music. I want to make a performance with non-representational parts of colors, textures, brushstrokes and so on-every component on canvas.

Misa Aihara is an incredibly accomplished painter. Though her canvases seem to have been comprised by an abstract-expressionist’s agenda, on second look it is obvious that the artist’s hand, here, is calculated. It’s hard to develop an extremely lucid explanation, or even a definitive emotion when staring at Misa’s artworks. Which is why they are so compelling. It is within the calculated chaos of her canvases that one finds intrigue, a spark that keeps you looking to discover more.

Misa Aihara creates kaleidoscopic paintings by filling the canvases with thick layers of color that visually stir emotions through sensatinal perception. Misa Aihara utilizes color theory in order to show how colors interact between one another and how a simple juxtapositon between hues builds depth to a two-dimentinal canvas.

One becomes enveloped with intricate relationships between line, shape and color standing in front of Misa Aihara’s large scale oil on canvas paintings, and her briliant coloration and whimsical forms charismatically entice personal sentiments from all grace with her opulent paintings.

(Ruthie Tucker-Amsterdam Whitney Gallery NYC)