Joyce Harumi Kamikura

Region: Edmonton AB Vancouver BC
Generation: Sansei
Born 1942, Steveston, B.C.

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Joyce H. Kamikura, NWS, SFCA

Joyce was one of the first Canadians to be bestowed Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS – U.S.A.).  She was also one of the first women to be given the top ranking title in the Federation of Canadian Artists  as a Senior Signature Member (SFCA).   Exhibitions of her works in national and international juried exhibitions have earned her many articles internationally.  Some of these include the books, Painting Composition (US), Painting Color (US), Abstract in Watercolor (US), Best of Watercolor (US), Looking In, Looking out (Canada); the magazines, American Artists (US), Art Impressions (Canada), Asahi Graph (Japan), Watercolour Gazette (Canada); International Artists (Australia); Viewpoint, (Canada) and the dailies, Vancouver Sun (Canada), and Times Colonist (Canada).

Joyce was born in Steveston, B.C., and spent her first four years in the internment camp, Lemon Creek, B.C., then in Japan for nine years.  Her return to Canada took her to Montreal for two years then back to Richmond.  Years after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration Degree from the University of B.C., she studied art at Kwantlen and Langara colleges.

Artist Statement

My Paintings represent my personal response to my environment.  My ideas are not whole but fragments of what fascinate me and are seeds from which my works begin to develop.  As a result, although my works undoubtedly have roots in my daily living, they may be a good deal removed from reality; some of them may be quite representational while others become abstracts.

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