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About the Artist

Naoko Morisawa’s (Seattle) artwork is made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/oil-dyed woodchips on board. The variety of wood grain is very beautiful and the pattern is never the same. The combination of natural grains creates interesting shadows and impressions. When seen from a distance, her artwork looks like a painting, and the details of the work slowly emerge when the viewer comes closer. Bright, fun, and unusual subjects attract and inspire her to work in new directions. Mysterious creatures and Illusions are recurring themes. She received a BA in Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo.

Naoko was featured in Studio Visit magazine Vol. 19/20, coming in Winter 2012. She will also be featured in Utility Publication - Women's History Month 2013.

Naoko has exhibited her art at SAM Gallery, Northwind Art Center Gallery, Nordstrom Corporate Gallery, Lynnwood Convention Center, FCA Gallery Vancouver-BC, The Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, and General Electric Cultural Gallery. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Puffin Foundation grant and was a finalist for the Art Kudos International Juried Competition & Exhibition. Naoko received the Director's Choice Awrd for the 2016 Pratt Fine Art Auction. 

Artist's Addenda: Naoko was the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2013 London International Creative Competition.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.