Statement

Yuma Yoshimura mainly creates two-dimensional works such as paintings, drawings, and murals. The themes of his work lie in the uncertainty and chaos that everyone experiences in daily life, or, in concepts such as “darkness and light” that oppose each other. For him, these universalities are something that one faces as one grows from childhood to adulthood. To believe in something remaining unchanged, in our ever changing society, and to express it in his works, also reflects the artist’s feeling that he never wants to change.

Despite using a simple, monochrome palette, Yuma Yoshimura draws a multitude of visual elements, complicating the entire picture, as if reflecting his inner state. The visual elements seen in tribal tattoos and ornaments also fuel the sparks of his imagination. This influence from primitive art reflects Yoshimura’s attempt to express what he sees with his pieces. Linguistic materials, including poetic expressions and the words he utters or thinks of also inspire his gestures, becoming the ideas, image sources, and keywords for his creation.

Yuma Yoshimura creates works mainly in two different ways; the first involves attaching an aluminum panel on wood panel piece, then drawing with acrylics, marker and spraypaint, as well as using needles. For the second one he layers a ground on a wood panel with acrylics or spraypaint, then draws with acrylics, marker and spraypaint on it. For mural-size works, he draws with paint and spraypaint of monochrome colors directly on the wall, depending on the physical characteristics of the wall, the size, and the spatial effect of it.