Paradigm Gallery + Studio is pleased to present Ode to Kyoto, a solo exhibition of colorful paintings and printed textiles by celebrated artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon. Her debut solo exhibition with Paradigm marks the culmination of her collaboration with The Jaunt, a curatorial project founded in 2013 by Jeroen Smeets with the goal of helping artists gain new inspiration through travel. Each artist’s “jaunt” is funded by the presale of a limited edition silkscreen print, purchased sight unseen by collectors and supporters of The Jaunt’s mission. Congdon’s new body of work was sparked by her inspiring trip to Japan, made possible by The Jaunt community.
Congdon’s vibrant exhibition pays homage to her own memorable experiences in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan, while honoring the rich cultural heritage of the place and its people. The artist combines her signature, lighthearted style of saturated, graphic illustration with visual motifs from an eclectic range of sources — iconic Kyoto street foods, patterned kimono silks, kokeshi dolls, matchboxes, and other snippets from her mind’s eye — to render her personal perspective and engagement within each city.