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Jean Nagai

Jean Nagai

Jean Nagai is an artist living in Olympia, Washington. Engaging in a meditative process by which the sum of many individual dots accumulate into a larger synergic whole, Nagai's work both creates and explores a visual microcosm and macrocosm of the Western landscape. Working with Asian and pagan nature-based spirituality, Nagai creates a sense of harmony and peace in this modern world through his carefully composed, meditative paintings.

Artist Statement & CV

He is inspired by the abundant natural world of the Pacific Northwest, the contemporary pop cultural landscape and the subtle areas of the color gradient. His work is often abstractly representative of complex patterns imbued with the texture and movement of seaweed, clouds and embroidery. Working with collage, sumi ink and spray paint, he is in dialogue with the micro and macro, fluently employing minute pen strokes in large scale imagery in installations and murals. He has developed a visual vocabulary reflecting the confluence of nature and mass culture, manifested utilizing traditional and experimental techniques.

CV

Solo/Duo Exhibitions

2015

Echo Canyon K Records Studio Olympia, WA

Correctional Fluid Salon Refu Olympia, WA

Hydra (with Lilah Rose) site specific installation RAD Studios Portland, OR

False Nature ( with Baso Fibonacci) Geddis Gallery Seattle, WA

 

2014

Whiteout Privilege 2 The Stable Gallery Olympia, WA

Well of Eternal Rose House (with Lilah Rose) The Stable Gallery Olympia, WA

Whiteout Privilege (with Baso Fibonacci) Flatcolor Gallery Seattle, WA

Dyed In the Rain Violet Strays(online only) Seattle, WA

Gridlord Las Cruxes Austin, TX

 

2013

Jazz Matrix The Haul Gallery Olympia, WA

I Love America and America Loves Me(site specific installation)Tony's Olympia

Galaxy Ceiling (site specific installation) Psychic Sister Olympia, WA

 

2012

American Dreamer Flat Color Gallery  Seattle, WA

1,000 Chrome Windows (site specific installation) Las Cruxes Austin, TX

 

2011

Ultimate Alternative Wavers Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

 

2010

Use Your Illusion 3 (site specific installation) Fulcrum Gallery Tacoma, WA

Altered States Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

4 Patterns Capitol Theater Olympia, WA

 

2009

Seattle Super Sonics(site specific installation) Half and Half Cafe Portland, OR

I Love You (site specific installation) Capitol Theater Olympia, WA

 

2008

Zaggin' 4 Life (site specific installation) Le Voyeur Olympia, WA

 

2007

Puget Sounds SOIL Gallery Seattle, WA

 

2006

White Haze (site specific installation) VU Gallery Bellingham, WA

 

2005

Pat Pharm Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA

Meta Pyramid Department of Safety, Anacortes, WA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015

Sun Spots Big Medium Austin, TX

Contexture Midway Gallery San Francisco, CA

Co Lab Athen B Gallery Oakland, CA

NEPO 5K Walk Don’t Run Seattle, WA

Keith Haring Lives Art Primo Seattle, WA

Black, White & Wet Paint Open Gallery Portland, OR

Dead of Mourning Capitol Press Building Olympia, WA

2014 Fantasia2014 Rhinoceropolis Denver, CO

Beyond Thirty Prism Gallery Seattle, WA

New Year The Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

2013 Two Suns Bard Studios Denver, CO

Benefit Art Auction The Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

Associations Nelson Street Gallery Atlanta, GA

Blitz Art Fair(site specific installation) The In Seattle, WA

 

2012

Pull Trigger DOMY Books Austin, TX

Site Specific Installation REUNION Portland, OR

 

2011

Round Trip Flatcolor Gallery Seattle, WA

Nature of the Beast Flatcolor Gallery Seattle, WA

Battle Hearts VU Gallery, Bellingham, WA

Hanging Out... Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

 

2010

Monster Show 5 DOMY Books Austin, TX

 

2009

Collider (site specific installation) Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

 

2008

Free For All The Helm Gallery Tacoma, WA

 

2007

Gold is the Metal Stairwell Gallery Providence, RI

Art Basel Miami Small A Projects Miami, FL

Benefit Auction Greg Kucera Gallery Seattle, WA

 

2006

Eager Believers Orphange Gallery Los Angeles, CA

Working in a Coal Mine Small A Projects Portland, OR

Bold Crystals From Nu Keva Stairwell Gallery Providence, RI

 

MURALS

2015

A Slice of Life Old School Pizzeria Olympia, WA

Artesian Commons Well Artesian Well Olympia, WA

Black Lives Matter Salon Refu Olympia, WA

 

2014

Big Painting Salon Refu Olympia, WA

Solstice Mural Wazee Union Building Denver, CO

Moore Looser Collective Oswaldo's Hair Salon, South Seattle, WA

 

2013

Trayvon's Rainbow Northern Gallery Olympia, WA

The Source The Black Lodge Seattle, WA

 

2012

Nirvana For Ana 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA

Freak Flag 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA

 

2006

Tapestry Dumpster Values Olympia, WA

 

PERFORMANCE

2006

White Boss Jupiter Art Fair Portland, OR

White Boss Small A Projects Portland, OR

 

RESIDENCIES

2007 Stairwell Gallery Providence, RI

 

GUEST LECTURER

2016 North Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2015 Sankofa Academy Oakland, CA

2011 The Evergreen State College Olympia, WA

2006 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA

 

EDUCATION

The Evergreen State College | BA 2004

 

Jean Nagai

Camo Island

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DESCRIPTION 36x48", correctional fluid, acrylic, cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be able...

Jean Nagai

Force of Nature

$ 4,200.00

DESCRIPTION 36x48", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Rising Tide

$ 6,100.00

DESCRIPTION 48x60", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

In the AM

$ 6,100.00

DESCRIPTION 48x60", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Ether

$ 4,200.00

DESCRIPTION 36x48", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Rise

$ 1,800.00

DESCRIPTION 24x30", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Eye

$ 4,200.00

DESCRIPTION 36x48", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Eye

$ 4,200.00

Jean Nagai

Veteran

$ 1,800.00

DESCRIPTION 24x30", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

Jean Nagai

Yuki

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DESCRIPTION 22x28", correctional fluid, acrylic and cyanescens spores on canvas, 2016 "I work as intuitively as possible because while I can identify the germ of an idea and then be...

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