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Jumpei Kinoshita was born in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1978, and grew up in Tokyo. He moved to the UK in 2002, accepted to the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL in 2007. At the Slade, he explored and developed his painting techniques and ideals under the supervision of Andrew Stahl, Neil Jeffries and Gary Woodley. Jumpei obtained his BA in 2011 and received a full-tuition scholarship to continue his study at MFA in Fine Art at the Slade. He received MFA in Fine Art in 2013.
Jumpei is particularly interested in abstract art and Op art, and Bridget Riley, Mali Morris and Fiona Rae are the most influential. Jumpei was nominated for the Salon Art Prize in 2011, Crash Open Salon in 2011 and 2012, RWS Contemporary Watercolour competition in 2014, and RA Summer Exhibition in 2019. He was also a co-curator of the Tate Staff Exhibition in 2018 and 2019, which attracted more than 1000 people each day during the exhibitions.
Jumpei used to paint abstract paintings, based on the expression of his feeling and emotion. Creating harmony among different shapes, marks and colour was the key to his paintings. However, in 2018, he started to paint portraits and animals for the first time since his childhood. His recent animal paintings are about his family dog, Taro, in Japan. Taro was only 7 months old when Jumpei met him. He was a very characteristic dog and always showed his feelings openly. Jumpei painted Taro to capture his unique character.