A Japanese Fusion of Reflection, Meditation and Colour

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Colour of Shadow III, 2012, Oil on found plastic, mdf, 41 x 52 x 6 cm © Yukako Shibata

Having already generated a great deal of avid anticipation, the opening of Yukako Shibata’s most recent exhibition Colour Shadow sees the remarkable artist further exploring the complex and intriguing possibilities of capturing fleeting moments of colour.

Born in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, in 1972, the talented artist has lived and worked in our cultural capital for over a decade, exhibiting widely as part of both solo and group exhibitions and establishing herself as a remarkable creative and intellectual individual.

Shibata’s work is instilled with a cerebral sense of clarity and purity, fusing together the seemingly distinct elements of painting and sculpture to create an array of playful compositions and undulating rhythms within the mature and developed creative objects.

Consisting primarily of minimalistic painted objects and shapes, Shibata’s works occupy a deeply meditative and contemplative space, referencing elements of both the natural and the constructed world, of architectural forms and organic organisms.

“Much of my painted surfaces are deliberately hidden, so that what is visible is their colour reflection,” Shibata comments. “These reflected colours are restrained and slow revealing. As they need to be experienced in the flesh, I hope the audiences can actually see and feel the complex light and the human perceptual system in this exhibition.”

Breeze, 2013, oil on ceramic, 20 x 20 x 5 cm © Yukako Shibata

Breeze, 2013, oil on ceramic, 20 x 20 x 5 cm © Yukako Shibata

Surfaces which initially present themselves as simple expanses of delicate colour transitions are the result of numerous tantalisingly subtle layers of paint, a gradual and refined accumulation of colour. Shibata asserts transparency and the depth achieved through the layering of colour to be at the centre of her work: “I am deeply intrigued by colours that I can see but which I cannot grasp – fleeting colours in our life; dream, sky, water, atmosphere, shadow, and reflection – something intangible.”

Thus Shibata’s mesmerising works function upon the essential, upon suggestion and interpretation. Each deceptively simple area of delicate colour transition is an immensely humble consideration of rhythm and form, imagery and association, conscious and unconscious contemplation.

These playful colourful compositions examining the complex interplay of light and the human perceptual system emulate a remarkable maturity and creative insightfulness, securing her work, and the space which it provides for the viewer’s self-reflection and mediation, as infinitely fascinating.

Colour Note, 2011, Oil on paper, mdf, 20 x 110 x 4 cm © Yukako Shibata

Colour Note, 2011, Oil on paper, mdf, 20 x 110 x 4 cm © Yukako Shibata


Exhibition Dates: 2 – 20 July, 2013

Venue: Lightgallery, 5A Porchester Place, London W2 2BS

Gallery website: www.lightgallerylondon.com

Artist’s website: www.yukakoshibata.com


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