Yuko Shiraishi: Works From The Studio

13 July - 31 August 2021

Annely Juda Fine Art is delighted to present a series of new paintings by Yuko Shiraishi direct from her London studio.  This online exhibition coincides with Shiraishi’s solo exhibition Space at East Gallery, Norwich running from July 20th – September 18th 2021.


Paintings in this exhibition mark a new direction for the artist.  The global pandemic and various lockdowns have influenced Shiraishi’s work. “I wanted to make something seductive and light but with strength”, she says.  Circles and dots have appeared in the artist’s work before, but here they take a different form; either bold discs (‘Brief Encounter’) or delicate circular forms with dotted halos in the new ‘Particle Paintings’.  In works such as ‘Purple Day’ or ‘Benediction’, Shiraishi returns to bands of colour, both horizontal and vertical, all subtly layered to reveal nuances of colour. 


Shiraishi’s stunning use of colour, tone and composition make her works seductive to the eye and the senses yet at the same time fascinate as intellectual explorations into the formal language of painting.  Colour comes totally instinctively and is not representational, “like a ball that’s coming at you and you have to escape; I almost don’t think.”


Bands of contrasting colours and tones, ranging from delicate layered organic brushwork to sections of heavier grainy and combed surfaces interplay to create formal rather than illusionistic space.  Nuances of light and colour break through from subtle layers of underpainting. Whilst this pre-occupation with the formal qualities of paint and composition roots Shiraishi’s work in the genre of American abstract and colour field painting, her works are sensual and evocative.  Shiraishi considers the recent ‘Particle Paintings’ as having the lightness of drawing on paper (although Shiraishi never does preparatory drawings for her paintings; she considers them alive and doesn’t pre-plan any element).   Dots originally appeared in her work as a marker to make lines, and she decided to bring them to the foreground.  As Shiraishi says, she’s interested in the things that you can’t see.