erin eitter kono

 

Kono lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. While she is a self-taught painter, she studied art history at the University of Hull (England) and The University of Iowa (Iowa, City). She has studied traditional egg tempera techniques under the guidance of artist Koo Schadler. Kono’s work uses approachable imagery to explore the global exchange of ideas and a collective cultural identity.  Nodding to the great masters of the past, Kono’s lexicon of signs and symbols reference Christian icons, European Mythology, Buddhist shrines, and Asian folklore applying iconography from her family’s mixed heritage as a bridge between cultures and times.

Raised in the upper Mississippi river valley in an area described as “Grant Wood country”, Kono spent her formative summers exposed to the global community of her parents' graduate housing. As an adult, she traveled extensively between the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Prior to focusing on her art practice, Kono wrote and illustrated books for children publishing over a dozen picture books with major trade publishers. She married into a Japanese American family and is raising a daughter in California. An avid sailor, Kono’s work often shows a connection to the sea.

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Education

 

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

2014       Studied egg tempera under Koo Schadler

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

1992       Art History, University of Hull, England

 

Upcoming Exhibitions: 

2022      Solo Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2022      Small Works,  Beinart, Melbourne Australia

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

Exhibition Record:

2021       Curio -Solo show, Gallery 825, 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 -cancelled due to COVID-19

2020     California Mythos, two person show, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

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 Day’s 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 US and Great Britain