I create paintings that explore the cyclical nature of history. Like the translucent veils of color used in traditional egg tempera paintings, layers of stories both form and reveal the world. I’m interested in how converging mythologies and diverse narratives influence the interior landscape of culture, specifically the culture of California. My chosen medium is inspired by parallels between our time and early Renaissance. Both eras are defined by innovative technologies that lead to an unprecedented dissemination of knowledge and drastic disruption in societal norms.
E.E. Kono is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her paintings are distilled narratives inspired by years of travel and a background in Art History. Kono’s work is influenced by the transition from Mysticism to Humanism in early Renaissance art, as well as by 20th-century surrealist such as Leanora Carrington.
Kono practices the old master technique of egg tempera painting. Each color is created on the palette by combining natural powdered pigments and organic egg yolk binder. The paint is applied to traditional gesso panels in a process that requires hundreds of semi-translucent layers.
Kono is also an award-winning author/illustrator who has published over a dozen picture books. Her clientele includes top trade publishers and national magazines. She has a BA in Art History from the University of Iowa and studied art history at the University of Hull in England. She learned egg tempera through the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and continued in workshops with Master Painter, Koo Schadler. Kono was raised in Dubuque, Iowa and has traveled the world. Her experiences include backpacking through rural Turkey, dealing blackjack on the Mississippi, waiting tables in NY, kayaking with whales, and racing sailboats. She currently lives in Southern Califnornia with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
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