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Mayumi Oda - Expression of the Female Deity

Solo Exhibition

Mayumi Oda - Expression of the Female Deity

August 29 - October 13, 2019

Kahilu Theatre Galleries

Opening Reception and Artist Walkthrough: Thursday, August 29 from
5-7 p.m.

Poliahu, Mayumi Oda

Expression of the Female Deity is a retrospective exhibit that spans 40 years of work by the Hawai’i-based artist known as the Matisse of Japan. Oda says, "Through my creative process, I have been creating myself. Goddesses are a projection of myself and who I want to be. Each picture represents a stage of my development, the influences I was feeling, and events that were going on around me."

Bliss of the Sea, Mayumi Oda

Mayumi’s vision, feminism, and commitment to Zen practice are apparent in her artwork. This exhibition will include many of her hand-pulled silkscreen prints on paper, as well as a series of large-scale Thangka paintings, each of which depict a female deity that draw references from native Hawaiian mythology, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. The paintings will be featured in Oda’s upcoming publication ‘Sarasvati’s Gift’, “…a memoir, wildly colorful artist’s retrospective, dharma teaching, ode to the divine feminine, and manifesto to a peaceful future composed by impassioned global activist and artist, Mayumi Oda."

Spring White Tara, Mayumi Oda
From 1969 to the present, Mayumi has presented more than 50 solo shows internationally and her work is part of numerous private and permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the U.S. Library of Congress.

Special thanks to the East Hawai'i Cultural Center for providing the biographical video in the gallery exhibition and framing for many of the prints in the exhibit. 

I Ka Leo O Ke Kai (Akau), Mayumi Oda

Expression of the Female Deity will run from August 29 to October 13, 2019 at the Kahilu Theatre.
The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keaolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.


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