Midori Furze is a Japanese-born Sydney-based contemporary artist. Since 2002 she has participated in many group and solo exhibitions, including the Warringah Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, Northbridge Art Prize and Manly Art Gallery and many solo exhibitions.
Midori’s works are influenced by her Japanese background, having studied calligraphy, Japanese music, literature and visual arts since childhood. Her fascination towards people and music gives her endless inspiration. She also specialises in Japanese calligraphy and origami-paper folding. She combines all these together and creates a unique style of original artworks.
Midori has also run many innovative community art events with fellow artists since 2009. In her “Lipstick Girls” project, Midori ran many workshops in Sydney centered around upcycling unwanted make-up products to create portraits, and in 2009 she also organised an outdoor T-shirt exhibition, “Womanly” at Manly Beach for the Manly Arts Festival 09 with Manly artist, Angela van Boxtel.
In 2011, Midori folded a giant origami crane for a Japan Disaster charity event. She also ran an origami project, “Fold with Love – 1000 paper cranes”, for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick with Mayu Kataoka. It was SCH Foundation’s 2011 art program, in partnership with the Sydney Children’s Hospital School.
Midori said “Everyone can fold paper crane; it is small and takes only a few minute of their time…but we collected more than three thousand of them! Can you imagine how beautiful and powerful decoration will be on the Children’s hospital walls with 3000 paper cranes together? We are sure it will brighten up the hospital wall.”
Several “How to Paint” articles, in which Midori shares her knowledge of art, have been published in “Fine Art & Decorative Painting” magazine (Vol. 16 No.10, Vol.16 No.11, Vol.17 No.2, Vol.17 No.3 and Vol.17 No.12).
Midori’s work is held in private and corporate collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and Australia.
She is available for commission work, and her studio is open by appointment.
Find out more about Midori’s work, visit www.midorifurze.com
Mobile: 0431 895 757
“Midori’s art practice moves between the highly illustrative style to highly abstracted free formed works [...] the highly realist style and the successful use of negative space in the composition of the work. Midori’s statement refers to her love of music and her works are semi auto-biographical in their reference to these pivotal elements in her life.”
— Sarah Johnson, Curator, Manly Art Gallery & Museum
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