"The artist is a seeker. Artists do not know what path they will take to reach their goal. Craftspeople take paths that they know to reach objects with which they are familiar."
Yuki Yashiro is very much an artist in the sense described by Pierre Soulages in these few lines. Her art is pure, primal and complete.
Like the materials with which she works, the feelings that she transposes into each of her works, and the strength that emanates from her smile and her frail form.
Yûki Yashiro was born in Japan in Osaka in the early 80s.Thanks to her mother, a gallery owner in
Osaka, Yûki grew up in an artistic environment, with a great sensitivity for colours, culture and
tradition. She was introduced to the work of many artists at an early age and began by studying not
only the techniques used by Egon Schiele and Pierre Bonnard, but also the life in the paintings,
often bohemian, which was the life of the artists
(Picasso, Matisse) and which was to influence her attraction to Paris and France as a source of inspiration. Her soul and her whole being were already devoted to Art in the highest sense. She has never made a choice between painting, sculpture and drawing. For her, Art is all-enveloping, and it fits her like a glove.
Yûki began to produce her own work at the age of thirteen. She painted, drew and sculpted, trying her hand at a range of very different techniques, each requiring precision and the study of the materials involved (watercolours, oils, charcoal, pencil, engravings on wood and metal, ink, pastel). She has never given preference to one medium over another. On the contrary, she finds inspiration in the differences associated with the constraints of each discipline, and seeks to advance steadily and selflessly, in all of the various techniques.
This is one of her major characteristics and is evident in her earliest work. She conceives her work as an approach that is both comprehensive and complex, but also in terms of a specially selected set ofmaterials, colours and themes.
Yûki does not paint to fill the canvas or sculpt to transform matter. She is constantly mastering and perfecting techniques in order to give free rein to her feelings, emotions and experiences, and translate them into works of art.
...Yûki enjoys exploring matter, materials and feelings.
For some time her favourite technique has been woodcutting, a demanding process requiring strength, flexibility, patience, precision, and a vision of the work. Using special paper imported directly from Japan, she has developed a modern version of this technique that was so widely used by newspapers and cartoonists in the early twentieth century.
For her, nothing is excluded: oils, pencil, watercolours, pastel, ink, charcoal may be combined with engraving, on wood of course, or metal, or even sculpture.
Yûki likes to work and feel every facet of her Art, without any separation. To incorporate explosions of colour, or the purity of black and white.
2008 Diplômée de l'Université des Arts Plastiques KYOTO (Faculté des Arts, département des Beaux-Arts et des Arts appliqués, cursus : peinture à l'huile, gravure sur bois)
2006 Académie de la Grande Chaumière (FRANCE)
2007 Atelier 63 (atelier de gravure, France)
2004 Sélectionnée du 5ème Concours de dessin (sujet : nature) organisé par l'Université des Arts Plastiques KYOTO et l'Université des Arts Appliqués TOHOKU
2005 Obtenu le prix spécial du 6ème Concours de dessin (sujet : non-nature) organisé par l'Université des Arts Plastiques KYOTO et l'Université des Arts Appliqués TOHOKU
2007 Sélectionnée du 4ème Salon des grands prix de gravure commémoratif de Munakata
2008 Obtenu le prix d'encouragement à l'Exposition d'échanges artistiques internationaux
2011 Sélectionnée pour l'exposition du Grand plais ART-EN-CAPITAL
2012 Obtenu le prix de bronze de l'exposition du Carrousel du Louvre à Paris
2014 Obtenu le prix d'argent de l'exposition du Carrousel du Louvre à Paris
01/04 - 07/04 /2005 Exposition de YASHIRO Yûki "Katauta - esansu wa yuki ga tokenai"
30/07 - 05/08 /2006 Exposition de gravure de YASHIRO Yûki
05/02 - 10/02 /2008 Exposition 30x30 (Université des Arts Plastiques KYOTO,Beaux-Arts et Arts appliqués, cours de gravure) à la Galerie KEI-FU
27/02 - 02/03 /2008 Exposition pour la fin d'études (Université des Arts Plastiques KYOTO) au Musée municipal des arts de Kyoto
08/03 - 14/03 /2008 Exposition de YASHIRO Yûki "Moulin Rouge" à la Galerie LA-MU
19/11 - 21/11 /2010 Exposition Laudun l'ardoise salon des arts 2010 LE FORUM - LAUDUN L'ARDOISE
22/11 - 27/11 /2011 Exposition du Grand plais ART-EN-CAPITAL
27/01 - 09/02 /2012 Exposition du 30ème anniversaire du N.A.C à la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
13/12 - 16/12 /2012 Salon Société Nationale des beaux arts Carrousel du Louvre (France)
22/01 - 29/02 /2013 Exposition à la galerie LA-MU à Osaka (Japon)
12/12 - 15/12 /2013 Salon Société Nationale des beaux arts Carrousel du Louvre (France)
23/10 - 26/10 /2014 Exposition à Grez-sur-Loing (France)
11/12 - 14/12 /2014 Salon Société Nationale des beaux arts Carrousel du Louvre (France)
11/02 - 25/02 /2015 Exposition du N.A.C à la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (France)
20/02 - 22/02 /2015 Japan Tours Festival (France)
31/07 - 02/08 /2015 Echall’art echallant (France)
17/12 - 22/12 /2015 Salon Société Nationale des beaux arts Carrousel du Louvre (France)
15/09 - 18/09 /2016 Berliner Liste 2016 - Fair for contemporary art (Germany)
visit Yûkis website at www.yuukichi.net/