Lot 28 - Yuki Aruga - Color Tests of: Study: The Flower of Forgetting (2)
Colour pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for St Wilfrid's Hospice Eastbourne
Informed by personal experiences and mixed Japanese-British heritage, my practice addresses notions of loss, longing and identity.
I draw inspiration from nature as well as Japanese and European still life paintings and religious iconography of the 16th-18th century. The works combine the traditional and the contemporary by adopting techniques of the Old Masters to create paintings from digitally rendered collages.
My paintings often feature dark, expansive spaces in which subjects are held unfathomably suspended, alluding to the idea of the void and the numinous. More recent sculptures in wax and clay, and installations using paper, rice and soil, are symbolic of legacy, desire and rebirth.
Materially the works are often part of a Western tradition, while conceptually they are rooted in Eastern philosophy and Japanese aesthetic principles. Almost as a metaphor for my mixed-race heritage, the works lie somewhere between; between abstraction and figuration, the real and the virtual, East and West, presence and absence.
City & Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art
Camberwell College of Arts UAL, BA Hons Fine Art Painting
Wimbledon School of Arts UAL, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Without End, Maddox Gallery, London
Whole to Part, Chappell Contemporary, Whitstable
Now and Again, The Royal Over-Seas League, London
Only Now… Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Ever Spring, Covent Garden, London
Best of British, Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove, London
Modern Renaissance, Maddox Gallery, Maddox St, London
Unpacking Gainsborough, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Class of 2020, City & Guilds of London Art School MA and BA Graduate Exhibition, The Bargehouse, London
Oils, Hybrid Gallery, Devon
Presence Volatile, Espace Enchante, Yvoire, France
The Violet Hour, The Birds Are Singing in the Distant Woods
The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
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