Many of Miyoshi Kondo’s brightly colored gouache paintings may appear at first to convey images of pure whimsy, but looking deeper there is very thoughtful and wry commentary at work in her art. Among the themes that Kondo explores in her recent art are concepts of home and place, our relationship to the environment, and how technology influences us in ways both positive and less than desirable. Overall, I discern a strong sense of optimism that comes through in her art, which I think is reflective of this highly personable artist herself.
Originally from Toronto and a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Kondo’s distinctive style is a wonderful example of the vibrant arts scene in and around the charming town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she resides, and the province generally. She is also among the many fine artists represented by the very progressive Argyle Fine Arts in Halifax.
More of Kondo’s terrific work can be seen at her official artist site here and at Argyle’s site here.
(Image Credits: Miyoshi Kondo)
She’s a talented artist. I love the surreal quality to some of her works.
Yes, there’s definitely an element of surrealism at play.
I really like this style. She uses lines not only to draw the images but to connect things. Love it!! Thanks for sharing this “find,” Brett. She’s amazing!
Anneli, thanks for this observation. 🙂
Such great art, I love this, thanks for sharing! 💕🇨🇦
John, thanks! 🙂
These are stunning. I hadn’t heard of her before – thanks for the introduction.
These are so fun 🙂
I really like how the subject, form, and title of each painting all work together to convey meaning and effect. (Your commentary contributed a great deal as well.)
Liz, thanks. 🙂
I am particularly taken by the obsolete technologies hung out to dry. I enjoy her wit. Thanks for alerting me to her. I think I did see some of her work in Halifax, but had forgotten it.
A very talented artist!
She is such a gifted artist.
She is! 🙂
You are right and at the first look it does appear very whimsy. I love when messages are conveyed through artwork and when they evoke us to dig deep and perhaps analyze our own progress or opportunities.
Well stated! 🙂
A nicely curated selection, and nicely demonstrating that her work is deeper than whimsy … thanks
, hung to dry – my favourite – thanks for posting
These remind me of a lot of the style of artwork in the late 70s and early 80s.
I can see that — sort of like Peter Max. 🙂
These are lovely – I’m not familiar with her work. At first glance, they seem light and whimsical but upon closer inspection, they reveal a much deeper meaning, almost surreal.
Thank you so much for drawing her to our attention, Brett.
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Wonderful fun !
Perfect artist. Love it.
Wonderful, meaningful art! Thanks for sharing.
This was a wonderful collection of the fine, creative artist, Miyoshi Kondo. She has truly beautiful and thought-provoking pieces, Brett. I really studied some of these, especially “Hung to Dry.” Thank you.
Robin, her work is quite good. Thanks for your nice comments. Brett
I love this artist’s style!
This is really thought-provoking. Beautiful art, thank you for sharing.
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These are some great pieces! Thank you for sharing! Check out my art! I can’t wait to see more of your posts they are very interesting!
Hi, Camila, thanks! I’ll definitely take a look at your art.
I love the subtle themes behind each piece. Thanks for sharing!
Love the painting,, “Take me home.”
That’s a neat piece, for sure!
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