YUMI KAMIYA | worn in beauty

15 maart – 22 april 2019 (during TEFAF)

Yumi Kamiya (1964)

Yumi Kamiya graduated in Japanese painting at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

She is naturally inspired by her native country Japan with its colorful seasons, the traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of the tranquil Japanese art objects. She wants to preserve this culture and gives it a contemporary sequel in her work.

A good example of this are her kakejiku’s. For this purpose she uses as a basis the kimonos of deceased mothers. Kimonos “worn in beauty”.

In addition to her other work, a collection of these impressive scrolls can be seen in my gallery.

You are cordially invited to attend the opening ceremony on Friday 15 March at 6 pm.

Gallery is open every Thursday through Sunday from 13.00-17.00 and by appointment.
Yumi will be present on 15, 16 and 17 March.

Biography

I was born and raised in a farming family growing rice and oranges in Aichi prefecture,Japan, where l gained a sense of Japanese color from the four seasons of rural landscape.

When I was in junior high school I became crazy about girls’ Japanese manga and spent time copying the drawings every day.

Girls’ manga in the 1970s was drawn with a cute face and big eyes, and abstract patterns were often used for background expression and for psychological description.

Those free abstract expressions have influenced me strongly, throughout my whole career.worn in beauty

As a high school student, I learned watercolor painting and drawing earnestly.
I was impressed with the beautiful pigments of Japanese paintings.
I majored in Japanese painting at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

The colors of Japanese painting materials is a tool that I can use to express my most natural feelings.

I have been consistently holding solo exhibitions and entering competitions regularly using Japanese painting materials to this day.

In the beginning of 2016, I created a traditional kakejiku(Japanese tapestry).
I was immediately impressed with the quality of the hanging craftsmen, so I started collaborating with them and decided to preserve the traditional style.

Moreover, I was also worried about the culture of kimonos in the current Japanese society.
So I came up with a new original kakejiku to produce by reusing a mother’s kimono who passed away.
My feminine coordination enables a novel combination of kimono fabric and my paintings.
The kimono pattern also reflects an expression of emotion.

I wish to present the beauty of traditional Japanese art, through my collaborative works to people all over the World.