Visually-striking and intricate, Fueki’s paintings picture contemporary life in spectacular motion. Created through a complex system of painting, drawing, cutting, and collaging onto wood panels, her practice is centered around the depiction of figures, symbols, and abstract spaces using multi-layered ornamental surfaces and fields of color. Drawing on her experience as a Japanese-born artist growing up in Brazil and later practicing in the United States, Fueki’s work embraces the visual language from these three distinct cultures. As Fueki explains: “I consider myself a mixed-language painter with interest in eastern and western perspectival systems, architectural graphics, pop animation, pre-Renaissance European painting, and exuberant color.”
Chie Fueki (b. 1973) lives and works in Beacon, NY. Fueki was born in Yokohama, Japan, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She earned her MFA at Yale University and her BFA at The Ringling College of Art and Design. She is an inaugural recipient of the 2021 Joan Mitchell Fellowship and a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2022), and the Purchase Prize (2021, 2004), and Rosenthal Family Foundation Award (2004) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent solo exhibitions include: DC Moore Gallery, NY, NY (2022); Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2005, 2008, 2013, 2022); Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY (2020), Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY (2006, 2011); Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY (2002, 2003); Orlando Museum of Art, FL (2014). Her work was recently included in group exhibitions at Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Essex Flowers, New York, NY; The ReInstitue, Millerton, NY; Fredricks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY; Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA; Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY; LABspace, Hillsdale, NY; and Greater New York at PS1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY. She has public artwork at PS 92Q, Queens NY, and HHS Lerner Children Pavilion, New York, NY. Her work is included in permanent collections of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Orlando Museum of Art, FL; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; the Hirshhorn Museum, D.C.; and the Pizzuti Collection at Columbus Museum of Art, OH.
Painting Table: Catherine Murphy talks with Chie Fueki and Alexi Worth
January 21st via Zoom