Yuriko Kitamura's Biography

Yuriko Kitamura was born on the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. She emigrated to North America in 1963, then settled in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1967. She began exhibiting her works in the late 1970's. Yuriko pioneered the technique of dye painting on rice paper and taught this method for 14 years at the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.


Watercolour PaintingSumi Ink
EtchingPen and Ink
Dye PaintingGraphite Drawing
LinocutPolaroid Emulsion Transfer


Metchosin International Summer School
Red Deer College Summer Schools
University of Alberta, Extension Department of Fine Arts
BSc Pharmacology, Tohoku Pharmaceutical University

Teaching Experience

1984-97, Extension Department of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
1994, Sutton Art School Workshop
1993, St. Albert Painters Guild Workshop
1988-89, Devonian Gardens Workshop
Public and Separate school boards
Art Group Workshop


Alberta Society of Artists (ASA)

Solo Exhibitions

Sep 2009Changing Light, Willock & Sax Ltd Gallery, Banff Alberta
Oct 2008Fusion, Scott gallery, Edmonton, AB
Sept 2003Journey, Scott gallery, Edmonton AB
June 2003 New works, Willock & Sax Ltd Gallery, Waterton, AB
June 2000Art on Rice Paper, Nikka Yuko, Japanese Gardens, Lethbridge, AB, presented by Willock and Sax Gallery, Waterton, AB
Oct 1998Difference in Process, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
Oct 1997Embrace with Nature, Cross Cancer Hospital, Edmonton, AB
Oct 1996Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Sept 1994Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
Nov 1990East Meets West, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
May 198910th Alberta-Hokkaido Celebration, Hilton Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Feb 1989Winter Shadow, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
Feb 1988Images of Nature, Four Seasons Hotel Courtyard, sponsored by Consulate General of Japan, Edmonton, AB
Oct 1987Scenes from Alberta, Tomakomai Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan, and Minato Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
Jun 1987The Works Art Festival, Mongolian Food Experience, Edmonton, AB
Jan 1985At the Chinook Theatre, Chinook Theatre Foyer, organized by 7 Art Club, Edmonton, AB
Feb 1984T.H. Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Sept 1981Landscapes and Florals, Fireweed Gallery, Edmonton, AB

Travelling Exhibitions

May 2008Small is All, Alberta Society of Artist traveling exhibition
2006-07Common Ground ASA/MSA Joint traveling Exhibition, Winnipeg Legislature
Sept 2001-03Blooming Prairie, Alberta Foundation For Art
Sept 2000-02Bridging a New Century, ASA traveling Exhibition
1998-99Our Flora and Fauna, Alberta Foundation for Art
1992-94Image of Vanishing Alberta, Edmonton Art Gallery
July 1992Tom Three Person, ASA juried Exhibition
May 1991Visions, Alberta society of artist, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo Japan
May 1990View from Alberta, invitational exhibition, Muttart Art Gallery
1988-89Japanese Brushworks, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Japan
Feb 1988Art is our Game, ASA Juried exhibition
1986Royal Institute of Painting in watercolour and Federation of Canadian Artist, Vancouver, BC; Seattle, Washington; London, England

Two- and Three-person Exhibitions

Apr 2000Edges, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Nov 1996Horizon Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Feb 1994Shadow Underneath with Robert Sinclair, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, AB
June 1992Mini exhibition with Maureen Harvey, incorporated with ASA, sponsored by Nagai City, Nagai, Japan
May 1992with Shirley Watson, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
Oct 1987Daydream with Yone Yong, Kensington Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
Oct 1984Painting with Potters with Akiko and Devides, Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Feb 1983Colour of Spring with potter Peggy Heer, Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre, AB
Apr 1981Three Ladies' Watercolour, Fireweed Gallery, Edmonton, AB

Group Exhibitions

Jan 2010Celebration, ASA invitational exhibition, Loughheed House, Calgary, Alberta
Jan 2009Dancing Joni, ASA exhibition, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
Jan 2009Ode to mountain, Red Deer Museum and Gallery, Red Deer, AB
Mar 2008International Figure Exhibition, Leighton Art Center Gallery Museum, Calgary, AB
Jun 2007Women Artist 100 Years, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
Sep 2006Volunteers exhibition at Rigoletto's, Edmonton, AB
June 2006In Your Face, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
May 2005 Member exhibition, Red Deer District Museum, Red Deer, AB
Sept 2003-05What We Do Best-2003, City Hall, Edmonton, AB
July 2003Illusive Images, Profiles public Art Gallery, St, Albert, AB
Mar 2003Soul of Mountain, Multicultural Public Art Gallery, Stony Plain, AB
2002Visions of Wellness, McMullen Gallery, U of A Hospital, Edmonton, AB
Feb 2002Doing Leonard Cohen, A.S.A Exhibition, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, AB
Aug 2000Open to the Public, A.S.A North Branch Exhibition, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton
June 1998The Works Art Festival, WECAN Member Exhibition, Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, AB
June 1998Gallery Artist Exhibition, Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
May 1996Landscape and Beyond, Art Works, Saskatoon, SK
Oct 1995Au de Air, St. Albert, AB
Aug 1995A Bonanza Calligraphic, Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
June 1991-95The Works Art Festival: From the Faculty (University of Alberta Faculty of Extension Visual Arts Instructors Exhibition, Manulife Place I & II, Edmonton, AB
Mar 1995Growing Well, McMullen Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital Permanent Collection, Edmonton, AB
Jan 1995Eclectic Art, ASA Provincial Group Exhibition, Red Deer and District Museum, Red Deer, AB
Oct 1994Annual Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Feb 1992Artists in Wilderness, Provincial Museum of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Jan 1992ASA 60th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Manulife Place I, Edmonton, AB
1992Art in Bloom, Edmonton Art Gallery, AB
Dec 1990Serendipity Invitational Exhibition, McMullen Gallery, University of Alberta W. C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Center Edmonton, AB
Nov 1988-89International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Belo Gallery, Toronto, ON
Sept 1989University of Alberta Extension Fine Arts 75th Anniversary exhibition, Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
July 1989FCA associates' invitational exhibition, Vancouver, BC
June 1988Food is Art, invitational limited edition Edible Art, sponsored by The Works, Westin Hotel, Edmonton, AB
Nov 1986Scenes of Lake O'Hara: The Alpine Trail Artist, T.H. Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Edmonton AB
May 1985Two Aspects of an Artist, St. Albert Place, St. Albert, AB
1983Collector's Choice invitational show, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1979-80University of Alberta Extension student exhibition, Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB


2005Poem selected for book Standing Together, edited by Linda Goyette
2000Alberta Society of Artist Brochure
1999Alberta Foundation for Art (A.F.A.) 25th Anniversary Art Collection CDROM
1999No Dress Code first catalog
1998Cover art for Parkhurst Exchange magazine, Vol. 6, #3, March 1998
19976 images for Reflections line of cards by Caravan International
1996Floral Series Greeting Cards and Bookmarks
19951995 North American Lilies Convention Poster
1994One insert print for 24 Heroic Journeys, Shall Sinha (PhD), Mentor Communications, Inc.
1993Illustration for Other Voices literary magazine, spring, Vol. 6, #1
1992-93One illustration for Friends of an Environmental Education Society Alberta (FEESA) Spaces and Species 1994 Calendar
1992One of twelve chosen artists chosen for ASAP promotional prints


Gilbert Bouchard, review of Journey, Edmonton Journal, Sept 2003
Ron Chalmers, review of Shadow Underneath, Edmonton Journal, Feb 1994
Elizabeth Beauchamp, Vanishing Wilderness, review of Artists in Wilderness, Edmonton Journal, Jan 1992
Nagai City Journal, Japan, for workshop, Jan 1992
Gail Gravelines, Home is Where the Studio Is, Edmonton Journal, Jan 1990
Helen Muskal, review of Image of Nature solo show, Edmonton Journal, Feb 1988
Hokkaido Newspaper interview for Scenes from Alberta, Japan, July 1987
The Works Art Festival QCTV interview, Edmonton, July 1987
Hokkaido Television documentary "Hokkaido People in Alberta", Japan, June 1983
30 minute interview "Yuriko" with host Peter Adamski, QCTV, Edmonton, Oct 1981
Evelyn Blackman, review of Landscapes and Florals, Edmonton Journal, Sept 1981
Bente Roed Cochran, review of Three Ladies' Watercolour, Edmonton Journal, Apr 1981