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Japanese artist Yuki Snow (Yuki means snow in Japanese) studied Fine Art Painting for 5 years in Japan before moving to England in 2001 where she studied at the University of Brighton. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting in 2005 and has completed PGCE for post-compulsory education in Art and Design at the University of Brighton in 2010.

 

Her work is centred around a number of opposing themes; east and west, reality and imagination, Fine Art and craft. Her own personal experience of trying to marry two very different cultures allows her to fuse these concepts seamlessly to reveal a ’space of migration’. She creates a harmonious, dream-like world of colour, texture, nostalgia and vulnerability.

 

Her textured paintings combine knitting, embroidery, sequins, buttons, acrylic, wood and oil painting as the sensation of touch is very important in her artwork. Their ‘relief quality’ translates almost as a form of Braille, and traversing the contours of her work reveals another level of sensory experience. She has also transcribed her work into different media such as drawing, illustration and printmaking.

 

Yuki has been exhibiting professionally as an Artist for the last 12 years at contemporary art galleries in the UK, New York, Brazil, Greece, Italy and Japan and was recently selected and published as one of the 36 featured Japanese Artists in a Taiwanese Art catalogue. She is aiming to develop further as an Art practitioner and she believes this is important for her as a Fine Art Lecturer as well; she is currently teaching Fine Art/Art and Design at Northbrook College Sussex and Sussex Coast College Hastings.

 

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“Through the illustration and the dying art of free-hand embroidery Yuki’s work exposes the often conflicted grey area between contemporary Fine Art and Craft in all it’s vibrant glory. She redefines thisconfused relationship into something altogether more harmonious and natural, illuminating these two art forms as the simple pleasures they can really be.”

Sarah-Lou Farrow, Director of Gallery Espaco Sem Nome, Olinda, Brazil


“Yuki Snow is a young Brighton based artist whose work combines symbols from her Japanese background with her fascination with Western Culture. Her oil paintings use various material elements, embroidery, sequins. knitting and stencil which offer a tactile engagement with the work. These three dimensional elements also act as a bridge from the imagined static world of the image, past the picture plane, into this world and its flux of reality.”

Marguerite Horner, Artist


“In a concrete jungle parched of colour Yuki’s creations are sheer sensory indulgence-an explosion of imagination, texture, buttons, silk threads and billowing pinks and blues. Stumbling across Yuki’s paintings re-awakened in me a sleeping memory of a vibrant, natural world where peacocks, baby birds and butterflies work their magic…”

Xenia Gregoriadis, Writer


“Yuki’s work is rare. Her oeuvre is a unique blend of Eastern and Western concepts, styles and ideas that concern the process of image-making. Yuki utilizes her talents for wielding together two artistic endeavours, painting and embroidery, seemingly effortlessly with wonderful effect.

Yuki is enthralled with and enchanted by nature, whether real or imagined, due to the inspiration felt when travelling as she has around two vastly different continents. This interlaced language that Yuki intertwines within her subjects and themes is a collage of that which embraces painting and embroidery, of Eastern and Western philosophies and cultural practises. Yuki is continually redefining her relationship to the world, weaving across her paintings much like across the rich tapestry of life.”

Mark T. Smith

Artist, Art Technician


Yuki Snow is based in Brighton but her images come from – and belong to – the whole wide world. Mixing traditional and non-traditional materials, and drawing freely and freshly upon both fine art and craft elements, her deeply poetic, but also often playful work is rich in both material and meaning: one glorious YES! to life.

Dr. Michael Tucker

Professor of Poetics

University of Brighton

Author of ‘Dreaming With Open Eyes: The Shamanic Spirit In Twentieth-Century Art and Culture’ London & San Francisco: Aquarian/Harper Collins 1992

 


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I am a contemporary fine art painter based in Brighton and I am originally from Japan. I combine traditional Japanese painting methods with western conceptual art. In my work, I incorporate the concept of a ‘space of migration’. I aim to create work that displays the interpretation of my own experience of living and making a life in a completely different culture.

When I was a young girl, I had a huge fascination with western culture. It was the subject of my dreams and I started to create work that displayed my imagination of different a world. When I was 22 I decided to come to study in England without being able to speak fluent English. I started to have the real voyage and adventure rather than the imaginary one. I see my life as a long journey and see my work as a journal of my travels.

 

There are certain symbols that have specific meaning for me which mirrors the nature of my native language; Japanese is pictorial rather than phonetic. The bird for example, is a symbol of the traveller. The snowflake is a symbol of myself as the name ‘Yuki’ means ‘snow’ in Japanese and according to an old Japanese saying, ‘your name represents your body’.

 

The peacock is also very symbolic for me. My fascination with it began at a very young age when, as part of a kindergarten project, I made a piece featuring a peacock. At the time I believed the peacock to be an animal that accidentally came into the real world from an imaginary one. It has gone on to symbolise the dividing line between imagination and reality which is where my work resides.

 

I am also very interested in the human sensory experience. I am fascinated by the fact that if you lose the use of one sense, the others get stronger to compensate. I was very close to my grandmother growing up and she went blind when I was very young. I have very fond memories of the way that she interacted with the world through her sense of touch. I use many forms of embroidery in order to transfer my own ‘relief-quality’, a form of Braille, to the canvas.

 

Experiences and memories that are important to me (this could be a word, an image, a situation, a smell or just a colour) and the languages I use (the symbolic, the pictorial, Braille, English and Japanese) are combined in my travel journal. It is nostalgic, vulnerable yet resilient.

- Yuki Snow