Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based artist who uses colors found in nature that are not typically associated with “natural” colors, and focuses on landscape as her primary subject.
Kishita’s paintings are strongly influenced by the graphic stylizations and compressed spaces of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Her paintings are in a number of private/corporate collections, including Toyota, Capital One, and Kaiser Permanente, and her work is featured in Create Magazine, on the Poetry Foundation blog and Studio Break podcast, as well as in several literary journals. She has participated in artist residencies at Ocho, New Mexico; SPAR, Russia; NES, Iceland and exhibited at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates and the Museum of Non-Conformist Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kishita received both her BFA and MFA in painting from the University of the Arts.
Her work can be viewed at Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT and Boston, MA (year-round); Summer Rush at James Oliver and Hot Bed Galleries in Philadelphia, PA (July 13 through August 1, 2019); Kingston Design Show House to Benefit Habitat for Humanity at Estate Seventeen, curated by Nantucket Blu Gallery, Kingston, NY (September 1 through September 29, 2019).