At the most basic level of classification, most paintings can be assigned to one of two broad but fairly clear-cut categories: representational or abstract. This is to say that what appears on the canvas has generally evolved either from people, places or things found in the real world; or from ideas and feelings conjured up in the artist’s imagination and expressed through colors and forms.

I say “generally” because, of course, there are exceptions to any rule. Take Kyoko Murase.

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