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Japanese Artist based in Britain since 1996. Currently live and work in London. To view more works and details, please visit www.yokoobata.com.
About my artwork
I work predominantly in oil on canvas. My works are completed by the repetition of a stenciling process in a positive and negative way - painting inside and around shapes cut from adhesive plastic film temporarily attached to the surface of works. The final layers of paintings are produced by applying areas of resin which create a shadow-like glossy effect in specific areas.

I originally studied Japanese traditional painting and these studies still influence my practice. During my MA course in Birmingham the influence of Japanese aesthetics became a conscious factor rather than incidental aspect of my painting. My aim as an artist is to create work in contemporary context that embraces my cultural and artistic heritage.

From the numerous theories or principles of Japanese traditional art, I am particularly concerned with Simplicity, Colour and Structure as emphasized in traditional Ka-cho (flower / bird) paintings. Shoyoen Uemura, a female artist renowned for her paintings relating to the ‘Beauty of the Japanese female’, and her son Syokou Uemura’s Ka-cho are artists whose paintings have deeply influenced me.

In Ka-cho paintings a consideration of nature’s seasons is very important. This has always has been the case with my own work and in the plans I have for the work to be produced as next project.
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New York, London, my studio

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Recent exhibition at Brussells

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 14:38

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