erin eitter kono

​USA b.1973

Lives and Works in Los Angeles and Dubuque, IA

 

Kono's work explores the fluidity of culture and time, encouraging reflection on how we are connected to nature, the past, and each other. Growing up, Kono’s family split their time between a diverse international community and small-town, middle America. The experience developed a life-long interest in how stories and symbols create meaning that is interwoven between societies. Initially, this inspired a career in children’s literature, writing and illustrating picture books. Now, she explores that imagery using ancient techniques and materials to create detailed, precise paintings that connect universal symbols and mythologies encountered in her travels and through the mixed heritage of her family.

While she is a self-taught painter, Kono studied art history at the University of Hull (England) and The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). She has studied traditional egg tempera techniques under the guidance of artist Koo Schadler. Although Kono is focusing on fine art, she is also an award-winning author and illustrator. Kono's work is collected internationally and is in the collection of the Mazza Museum (Findley, OH). Her work has also been exhibited in notable venues, including La Luz de Jesus (Los Angeles, CA), Modern Eden (San Francisco, CA), and Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, California).

Education

2014       Studied egg tempera under Koo Schadler, USA

1999      UCLA Extension, Graphic Design/Computer Graphics, Los Angeles

1995       BA Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1992       Art History, University of Hull, Kingston Upon Hull, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2022      Apotrope, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021      Curio Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2020      California Mythos, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022      Yule, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2022      Mystical Rhythms, WOWxWOW, Online Gallery, Scotland

2022      Totem, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2022      Mighty, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2022      Monochromagic 5, WOWxWOW, Online Gallery, Scotland

2022      Small Works,  Beinart Gallery, Melbourne Australia

2022      The Portrait Show X, Modern Eden Gallery, San Fransisco, CA

2021       Grand Saloon, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021       Lore, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2021       Stardust Antennas, WOWxWOW, Online Gallery, Scotland

2021       Monochromagic 4, WOWxWOW, Online Gallery, Scotland

2021       Portrait Show IX, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2021       Zoo, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA -canceled due to COVID-19

2020       Open Show, juried by Shana Nys Dambrot, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2019       Art Market San Francisco, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

2019       Full Bodied, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2019       Beast, curated by Tod Wingate, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2018       32nd Annual Drawing Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018       Ogdoad, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018       Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Bibliography

 

“Fine Art 2019 In + Around LA”, Form Pioneering Design, February 2019, pg. 22.

“Meet the Illustrator: Erin Eitter Kono” Brightly, June 2015

 

Publications as Author/Illustrator

 

Kono, Erin, Every Color, Dial, New York, NY, 2016

Kono, Erin, Caterina and the Best Beach Day, Dial, New York, NY, 2015

Kono, Erin, Caterina and the Lemonade Stand, Dial, New York, NY, 2014

Kono, Erin, Caterina and the Perfect Party, Dial, New York, NY, 2013

Kono, Erin, The Twelve Days of Christmas in Wisconsin, Sterling, New York, NY, 2007

Kono, Erin, Hula Lullaby, Little Brown, New York, NY, 2005

Vega, Denise, Grandmother Have the Angels Come?, Little Brown, New York, NY,2009

Ries, Lori, Punk Wig, Boyds Mill Press, 2008

Schotter, Roni, Passover, Little Brown, New York, NY,2006

O’Hair, Margaret, Star Baby, Clarion, New York, NY 2005

Ross, Eileen, Nellie and the Bandit, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, NY 2005

 

Collections

 

Mazza Museum, The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH 45840

Private collections in the US and Great Britain

STATEMENT

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Works currently available through:
La Luz de Jesus Gallery : https://laluzdejesus.com/
Modern Eden Gallery: https://www.moderneden.com/
or contact eekono@eekono.com