Shu Kuge - Artist in Tokyo

Shu Kuge

I'm an artist in Tokyo

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

My parents were ceramic artists in Tokyo, and I was always drawing at the corner of their studio. In 1990, I moved to Santa Barbara and studied fine arts. I met great teachers who taught me skills and philosophies to become a professional artist. When I transferred to the UC Berkeley, I decided to major in Comparative Literature, which allowed me to study philosophy, art theory and literature in interactive manners. I went on to a PhD program at Stanford University and after acquiring my doctoral degree, I taught Comparative Literature at Penn State from 2003 to 2007. I suffered from depression during my career as an academic and eventually realized that I had to make art as I used to. In 2008, I returned to Tokyo with my American husband and began my career as an artist. Primary inspirations come from classical music, R&B, and plants. Graphite pencils and ink are my favorite medium. My husband and I divide our time between Tokyo and San Francisco.

My Creations

  1. "Largo, #2"

    26 December 2016

    "Largo, #2" [15x22cm, on medium weight acid free paper, $250 USD; worldwide shipping]
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    Tchinai Takeo, a left-hand classical pianist (his right hand has been disabled by a nerve disease), says that a score shows the way the body moves and acts. Drawing does the same. A work of drawing... continue reading (0, 1 image)