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Yumiko Lewis

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Artwork for Yumiko Lewis

The hummingbird in a jungle

Family day out

Effect of the changes

Philosophy of diversity and precious lives

Penguin swimming in bubbly water

Swimming Penguin

Family

Eating ourselves to death series of 4 paintings together

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

The artwork I do, is normally colourful, detailed, inspirational, and it can be thought provoking and makes people think. I have used acrylic, water colour, pastel mainly. I have a consideration of revaluating my Art origin of Japan and influence of Japanese Master of Art such as Hokusai, and black and white Artworks, recently.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Expression and interpreting thought and messages into images, shapes and colours in details. To create and present wonderful living space.

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 then. 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 under influence of some famous master of art in Japan, who have used wood block prints, such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), in Samurai period of Japan. I have flourished in that way and have produced many prints in black and white. I have also produced in many other forms of Art during my foundation year. Such as photography, pottery design, but much highlighted aim was toward children's book illustration and all it's forms 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 have learned and interested in digital illustration and I had practiced of it a lot at the time. However, traditional method and learning it's techniques and expression was my main priority in a way. My art has then moved on from black and white print making to colourful traditional painting and some digital editorial art works in that time. Having passing HND course, my desire for taking degree course did not fade, and I have managed to persuade my grand parents who was looking after me financially as my mother had passed away with cancer in 1997. As I have just passed HND course, I searched through out England for BA Illustration course, that accepting me in 2nd year of degree course within my financial budget. Herefordshire college of Art and Design has taken myself on the course. It is the start of my life in Herefordshire.

2nd year of degree course commence, with very different style of Art in the course to the previous ones, in which caused slight culture shock to myself. 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 have dipped through the teaching of conceptional illustration and having to develop and to produce Illustrations in that way. 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". My most recent work was Pink Lily floral painting by water colour. It is very passionate Artwork with much detail and vibrant colours. It represents regeneration and resurrection. I have gifted this to a friend so I will not able to exhibit that. But I may be able to produce similar pieces toward the h-art. I have also very recently made a landscape water colour painting for a friend, who had stroke in recent years. It was painted with detailed finish with charry blossoms and two little green birds on the branches. In the background as a river and a bridge , Japanese mountain and blossom trees, a group of people are having baptism. It is an inspirational , detailed and vibrant piece of Artwork. My other recent painting was a portrait of my friend's beloved pet cat and the bible scriptures on, as happened the scripture was her favourite one in the bible, later she told me. The portrait of the cat has been depicted so much alike and made her very happy, with glitter on the background.

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.

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

I am an artist and illustrator, giving tailor made service to customers' need. For example, in the past I did family portrait, group portraits, children's book illustrations, illustrations for church Sunday school booklets, packaging illustration of landscape. I have painted flowers, landscapes, pet with scriptures, conceptual illustrations, and list will go on. I have also made necklaces and bracelet, earrings, and hand painted bags.

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 works. My illustrations has been published in four children's books. Some art works available to purchase at Etsy shop, YumikosArtTickles.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

HACS online gallery in October November with HACS
h-art with Lion Ballroom in Leominster in 2019

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

HACS at the Green Dragon Hotel

Venues Confirmed: 
Yes
Venues Description: 
The Green Dragon Hotel with HACS members

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