Solo Exhibition

薔薇の花の枯れる時をおそれる I am afraid time comes when roses to wither 2010 pencil, lithograph ink, Japanese paper on canvas mounted on wood panel 150 × 120.5 cm © Yuko Someya

Yuko Someya applies Japanese paper (washi) to canvas on panels, and creates imaginary worlds using delicate strokes and colors so the paper’s gentle qualities remain present. Many of her motifs feature flowers and birds, plants, and animals, which are first outlined with thin and delicate lines like those of miniature paintings, by the artist who states “I move my pencil as if I was spelling a word”. Then she applies colors with lithograph ink, pieces of colored Japanese paper, and water color, carefully keeping them from being dull.
The paintings often embrace plenty of blank spaces in contrast with details and delicateness of the motifs. That gives motifs the sense of floating, and they start sparkling as if they are inviting the viewers to the stories, and the continuances of them.

Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto is pleased to present Yuko Someya’s new works including a wide piece of 360 cm, set of 4 paintings with the motifs of a white tapir and butterflies. On another work “I am afraid time comes when roses to wither”, Someya gives these words / story; “There is a white animal comes close to the roses. He tries to hide his smell under the scent of roses, longs for the figure of the flowers, envies and hates them, and tries to dominate the place by claiming it’s his. He doesn’t move there in spite of the unstable mind with contradiction. The white animal looks outside (of the painting).”


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.