Midori Furze is a Japanese-born contemporary artist, and co-owner of the art space, “Laneway Art Depot” in Brookvale. She has been painting full time since 2009. She has been in more than 150 group exhibitions and 8 solo exhibitions since 2002. She was a finalist in the Warringah Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize, Northbridge Art Prize, Sydney Royal Easter Show and North Sydney Art Prize. She has won many awards, including first prize in the Figurative section and first prize in the Contemporary section at St Ives Art exhibition.
Midori’s works are influenced by her Japanese background, having studied calligraphy, Japanese music, literature and visual arts since childhood. She is also inspired by music and on her canvases Midori paints her dreams and concepts of love and music. Her art practice moves between realistic styles to highly illustrative works to free forms of abstracts.
Midori has run many innovative and successful community art events since 2009. In 2009, Midori ran a workshop, “Make up Your Mind”, which was attended by seventy mothers and daughters. Everyone enjoyed drawing with recycled make-up products such as lipstick and eye shadows. A “Make up Your Mind” art exhibition was supported by creativemums.com and it took part in the Manly Arts Festival ’09.
During the same festival, along with fellow artist Angela van Boxtel, Midori has also organised another exhibition, “Womanly”, which displayed over 100 t-shirts designed by artists all over the world across a long clothesline at Manly Cove Beach. The spectacular view attracted many visitors. She also started helping at Art in Motion group, which runs the art program for Bear Cottage – the children’s hospice in Manly, and she coordinates the workshops for the children.
In 2010, Midori was accepted to a residency program at Eramboo Artists Environment, Terrey Hills. She was inspired by the area which is situated next to Ku-Ring-Gai national park and started folding origami kangaroos and paper cranes. She also worked for the New Horizons program which is a division of North Ryde Hospital.
Several “How to Paint” articles, in which Midori shares her knowledge of art, have been published in “Fine Art & Decorative Painting” magazine (Vol. 16 No.10, Vol.16 No.11, Vol.17 No.2, Vol.17 No.3 and Vol.17 No.12).
In 2011, Midori has worked with Japanese calligrapher, Hideo Dekura for Japan Disaster charity event. She is working for a fundrasing event “Fold with Love – 1000 Paper Cranes” for Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick with fellow photographer, Mayu Kataoka. She run “Lipstick Girls” workshops with Melinda Jordi and Warringah Council.
In 2012, Midori along with Christine Farkas and Jeni Robertson has opened a new art space, “Laneway Art Depot”. It is an unique artist-run Initiative. They are going to create more works, running some workshops and organising art exhibitions.
Her works are held in corporate and private collections in Australia, Europe, UK, USA Sounth America and Japan.
Midori welcomes commission works and her studio, Laneway Art Depot in Brookvale is open by appointment.