February 2006: Madoka Ito oil paintings

Madoka Ito's oil paintings are simple and yet controlled.  At first glance Ito's paintings seem to jump out at you with an intensity of color, and it is the color that attracts the viewer.  But coming closer to these little gems, one becomes fascinated with her painted figures. The dreamlike figures float or take root and call ones attention back to detail.  The figures are minimalist in expression, and the figures carry an energy, as if they inhabit another world.  There is a playful quality, a light heartedness to the position of these figures and yet something sobering is always present.