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Yumiko Lewis

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Artwork for Yumiko Lewis

Matthew 6:26

God provides beautifully

Cayton Bay

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

My artworks are colourful, detailed, inspirational, and it can be thought provoking to help people to think for better purposes. I have used acrylic, water colour, pastel and some other materials. I recently revaluating my art, originally from Japan Ukiyo-e style and those Japanese masters of Art as I come from Japan. I hope I can inspire others in positive way. I hope my artworks to be guiding people's future in hopeful way and happiness of others.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

It is a great joy, when God use my artworks for good cause for others. It is to help others in positive ways,.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a qualified artist up to degree level in BA(HONS) Illustration, and my love of art and of all it's form has proven to accumulate with HND Illustration, ND Art and Design. I did ND Art and Design on foundation course as access course, because I was over sea student coming from Japan. I had so much joy of finding and having been introduced to many forms of Art practice. I was particularly into black and white print making by Etching. As naturally having been influenced by Ukiyo-e masters in Japan. They used wood block prints, such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), in Samurai period of Japan. I had produced many in black and white Etching Prints. I have also produced in many other forms of Art during my foundation year, but my aim was toward children's book illustration and Christian teaching materials for Sunday schools. So I have selected Illustration course for higher education. As my time for education given was only 2 years left, so I have compromised my ambition from degree level education to Higher National Diploma in Illustration.

In HND, I have been through many different projects. I was very interested in digital illustration at the time and I had practiced it a lot. However, traditional method and learning it's techniques and expression was my main method. My artwork was very vivid in colourful way. And some digital and editorial art works. Having passing HND course, my desire for taking degree course did not fade. I had searched through out England for BA Illustration course, that accepting me in 2nd year of degree course. Herefordshire college of Art and Design has taken myself on BA Illustration course. So it was the start of my life in Herefordshire.

Second year of degree course was very different style of Art from the previous one. Others on the course were expressing loose form of styles, and not so bright colours, and much more of conceptional illustration to encourage audience to think through with art what is the given message in your Illustration Art. I had deeply being taught in the way of conceptional illustration and having to develop and to produce Illustrations in thoughtful ways. It was very beneficial study time to my Illustration Art.

My life in Herefordshire did not end with the end of the course. I have met the love of my life at near the end of the course in Herefordshire. I have got married to my husband after 2 years of my graduation. My life with family of three children in Herefordshire goes on till now.

My illustration has been published in 4 books. One of them was written by an author Patrick Mooney, who is also an award winning Poetry, and artist himself and he lives in Herefordshire. The book is called "Down on the lake".

In recent year, my focus on artwork was environmental matters, and what importance is in our lives. Only 4 % of entire population of the planet earth is wild life, 60 % live stock, 36 % is humans. I would like to address Global warming issues and what is causing, to help us to survive. We all need to save our planet for our children, the next generations. As there is no planet B, but only our planet Earth.

I would like my Artwork to be helpful in everyday life to those who will have my Artwork in their living or work space. To guide their positive space, and and to create future hope, caring peaceful and loving way of living. I really hope I can do that.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Tailor made service for Art and Illustration needs. In the past I had commission for family portrait, group portraits, children's book illustrations, illustrations for church Sunday school booklets, packaging illustration of a product. Painting is my joyous activities, such as flowers, landscapes, animals, children's book illustrations, and list would go on. I have also made necklaces and bracelet, earrings, and hand painted bags. My cards can be purchased at Courtyard shop, or my Etsy shop online, or private messages of my Facebook / Instagam social network site.

My artworks can be seen and for sale below

Website: www.yumikosart-tickles.co.uk
Etsy shop: YumikosArtTickles
Facebook; Yumiko's Art-tickles
Instagram:yumikos_art_tickles

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

BA(Hons) Illustration at Herefordshire college of Arts
HND Illustration at Bournemouth Art University
Staffordshire University, Foundation National Diploma in Art and Design
Freelance Illustration / Art works. My illustrations has been published in four children's books.
Previously done some illustration works with Go-Teach publications.
Previously done packaging illustration in Japan.
Family portrait commissions.
Group portrait for an organisation.
Some art works available to purchase at Etsy shop, YumikosArtTickles , my website, Facebook / Instagram Private messages account transfer and delivery can be arranged.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

HACS exhibition at Courtyard Nov2021-Jan 2022
h-art with HACS at Green Dragon Hotel in Hereford 2021
HACS online gallery in October November with HACS 2020
h-art with Lion Ballroom in Leominster in 2019

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

HACS at The Green Dragon Hotel

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