Solo Exhibition

空の王様空をつれてやってきた As the king of the sky has come down taking the sky along 2007 water color, pencil, oil pastel and lithograph ink on Japanese paper mounted on wood panel 120.0 × 272.0 cm © Yuko Someya

Someya applies washi paper to panels and creates outlined worlds using slender strokes so the paper’s gentle qualities remain present. Many of her motifs feature flowers and birds, plants, and animals; however, the details, such as a flower’s petals or bird feathers are intricately drawn. “I move my pencil as if I was spelling a word,” Someya says of her works; she starts off by using a pencil to create light contour lines. Her detailed sketches are not connected with miniature paintings, however, entire works possesses an extremely ethereal impression, as the balance between blank and filled spaces is crafted using her specialized method of using ink ? not only does she use watercolor pigments, but she uses lithograph ink as well ? to achieve the desired coloring and sense of transparency.

Her mind always seems to be filled with stories, as was seen in her 2005 work, Hanakotori, which featured six tableau paintings that were joined to form a scene over five meters long. It depicted flowers on a tree trunk, birds and a spider web, a firebird-like bird, and other fantastic animals like an emaki scroll.
The large piece featured in this exhibition is a flying bird with its large wings spread wide. The multi-colored wings contain plant-like cells and trailing coral-like spray. With wings outstretched, the descending figure resembles a dignified sky god.


Artist Profile

Yuko Someya

Yuko Someya was born in 1980 in Chiba. She completed her Master’s degree in printmaking at Tokyo University of Arts, the Department of Art, in 2006. She received awards for her work at Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo in 2004 and her works are now part of the museum collection. “I move my pencil as if I was spelling a word,” Someya says of her works, intricately drawing and coloring motifs such as flowers, birds, plants, and animals. The paintings often embrace generous blank spaces in which the motifs are given the sense of floating, releasing strong brightness as if to invite the viewers into the stories, and to continue them. Her specialized method using ink and distinctive transparency in color and texture created by layered washi paper are also attractive.