Jean Nagai’s paintings are interference patterns of bright hues that seem to move and vibrate. They are “uplifting and spiritual in the way that walking through the woods or smelling rain brings you back to your body,” writes Jasmyn Keimig. It’s similar to the visceral sense of embodiment I’ve always felt looking at Leaves (2002) by Gloria Tamerr Petyarre at the Seattle Art Museum. I asked Jean if he’d seen it and he responded “my mom loves that painting and I remember her telling me that I should make my paintings like Leaves.” …



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