Excerpt from GINZA MIYUKI GALLERY EXHIBITION CATALOG
(August 2009, Tokyo, Japan)

The paintings of American artist Judith Anton are pure. They appeal solely through line, shape, and color. The imagery is one of allusion rather than statement; her use of color and unique sense of form and space bring a richness and power to her contemporary works. The results are translucent, rich, and delicately textured, bursting with color and movement. They invite rather than demand the viewer’s attention.

Biography is the key to understanding Anton’s creative process. Born in New York City, much of Judith Anton's life has been spent studying and living abroad. Anton was schooled in England and the U.S. until age 13 when she moved to Japan with her family, where her father taught at Tokyo and Kyoto Universities. Attending Japanese schools, where she was the only non-Japanese student, she became fluent in the language and began to acquire an understanding of Japanese culture and customs. Anton won an NDEA grant to Stanford University and later was awarded a Ford grant to study at the University of Wisconsin. She then returned to Tokyo to continue her studies at Waseda and Sophia Universities. Having seamlessly integrated the social customs and “feel” of both countries, she moves easily between two disparate cultures.

The results are works of an inner synthesis, with qualities that transcend the boundaries of any one specific culture, yet somehow remain curiously and firmly rooted. While acknowledging the influence of Klee and Kandinsky, and other abstract artists such as Mondrian, Ellsworth Kelly, Miro, Picasso, and  Jackson Pollack,  Anton describes her interest in both Japanese and American culture and art as central. Exposure to Japanese Mingei folk art in Kyoto as a child, the aggressive modernism of Japanese architecture and art of Tokyo in her teens, and the Bauhaus-influenced abstract styles of America in the 1960’s and 70’s, all of these have coalesced into her current works. Here one can find geometric shapes and calligraphic lines rendered with the simplicity and clarity of traditional Japanese styles, combined with an organic energy and American dynamism of movement as the shapes dodge and dart about the canvas. At other times there is a floating quality and serenity to the lines and forms, with a sense of Japanese quietude.

Judith Anton hopes that her works convey the joy of human existence at a very basic level that will touch the heart of the viewer in a positive way. Her increased public exposure indicates that in this she has been very successful. Her pieces are favorites with collectors, architects and interior designers. The appeal is international, spanning the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Commissions have also come her way, such as for the Southern California Edison Company. "Three Dancers", the "Wind Dance" series, and the "Movements" series hang in their Los Angeles headquarters building. Other international corporate clients include Imagica Media Inc., Japan and Video Arts Music, Japan. Anton's works have also been featured in publications, such as National Geographic, Architectural Digest,American Craft, and Art Speak Magazine.

Judith Anton's studio is located in southern California. She is married to internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Kei Akagi, who is also a Professor of Music of the University of California.

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Gallery Exhibitions

1991 - Art on the Mountain Gallery: Mt. Snow, Vermont
1993 - Art on the Mountain Gallery: Mt. Snow, Vermont
1994 – Newfane Gallery: Newfane , Vermont
1996 - Art on the Mountain Gallery: Mt. Snow, Vermont
1998 - Gallery 84, W. 57th St.: New York City, New York
2000 - Waldemar A. Schmidt Gallery: Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa
2000 - J. Funk Fine Art Gallery: Maumee, Ohio
2001 - Lancaster Host Resort: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2002 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach, California
2002 - BORM Architectural Associates: Costa Mesa, California
2002 - Nottingham Gallery: Newport Beach, California
2002 - Bistango Gallery: Irvine, California
2003 - BORM Architectural Associates: Costa Mesa, California
2003 - Hilton La Jolla: Torrey Pines, California
2003 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach, California
2003 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach, California
2004 - Ginza Miyuki Gallery: Tokyo, Japan
2004 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach, California
2005 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach , California
2006 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach , California
2007 - Ginza Miyuki Gallery: Tokyo, Japan
2008 - Sandstone Gallery: Laguna Beach California
2009 - Ginza Miyuki Gallery: Tokyo, Japan
2009 – Salon de Vert: Karuizawa, Japan
2011 - University of California, Irvine. Tierney University House Gallery

Museums

1999 - The City Museum: St. Louis, Missouri
1999 - Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center: Athens, Ohio
2000 - Monroe County Historical Museum: Bloomington, Indiana
2000 - Museum of York County: Rock Hill, South Carolina
2000 - William King Regional Arts Center: Abingdon, Virginia
2001 - William King Regional Arts Center: Abingdon, Virginia
2001 - San Bernardino County Museum: Redlands, California
2004 - Irvine Fine Arts Center: Irvine, California

Select Corporate Commissions

1999 - VIEWPOINT (Music CD cover art: Video Arts Music, Tokyo, Japan)
2001 - PALETTE (Music CD cover art: Video Arts Music, Tokyo, Japan)
2000 - THREE DANCERS: Southern California Edison: Los Angeles, California
2001 - WIND DANCE: Southern California Edison: Los Angeles, California
2003 - MOVEMENT: Southern California Edison: Los Angeles, California
2003 - A HINT OF YOU (Music CD cover art: Video Arts Music, Tokyo, Japan)
2003 - “Nikkei Health Magazine”, March edition, magazine cover art
2009 - I’M GLAD THERE IS YOU (Music CD cover art: Sunshine Ave., New York)
2009 - Loyola Marymount University, Administrative Office: Los Angeles, California

Articles and Reviews

1990 - Brattleboro Reformer Newspaper (April)
1990 - In Vermont Magazine (September)
1990 - Brattleboro Reformer Newspaper: “In Vermont” (September)
1990 - Executive Female Magazine (September/October)
1993 - Architectural Digest Magazine (October)
1994 - National Geographic Traveler Magazine (November)
1998 - OCS News: New York City (January)
1998 - Art Speak Magazine (January)
1998 - Art Now Gallery Guide New York (January)
1998 - Japan Society News Letter (January/February)
1998 - The Hartford Courant “Travel” (September)
1998 - Art Speak Magazine (March)
1998 - Art Now Gallery Guide New York (March)
1999 - Lark Books: “The Best in Contemporary” (May)
1999 - American Crafts Magazine (October/November)
2003 - Coastline Pilot Newspaper: “At The Galleries” (June)
2003 - Guild Books: “The Artful Home” (February)
2003 - Local Arts Magazine (July)
2003 - Orange County Register: “Connections” (November)
2004 - Yomiuri Newspaper, Tokyo (August)
2004 - Asahi Newspaper, Tokyo (August)
2004 - Japan Times, Tokyo (August)
2004 - Tokyo Newspaper, Tokyo (August)
2004 - Gallery Magazine, Tokyo (August)
2004 - Gekkan Bijustu Magazine (Monthly Art Magazine), Tokyo (August)
2007 - Gekkan Bijustu Magazine (Monthly Art Magazine), Tokyo (August)


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