Over many years I was able to become an experienced printmaker and by experimentation developed a number of unique techniques. Through an intuitive, manual process of trial & error I produce prints with often surprising visual effects. The artful combination of multiple layers creates works with a remarkable depth of texture and colour play, and mysterious and ambiguous moods.
Yoko is Japanese and was born in Madagascar in 1971. Throughout her life she lived in many different places: most of her childhood in Japan, then Zambia, Rwanda, England, Northern Ireland, and Spain. Since 2004 she lives in Munich with her German husband and two daughters.
As long as she can remember, Yoko has been drawing whatever caught her attention – starting with Mangas as a small child, then people, animals, etc. She always carries a small sketchbook with her and spontaneously makes a drawing whenever there is an interesting opportunity.
Yoko studied fine art at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Here she was taught printmaking by Richard Bawden, son of the famous British artist Edward Bawden. Himself an outstanding and passionate printmaker, Richard’s art work and teaching fascinated and inspired Yoko.
She then went on to study for a Master in European Fine Art at Winchester School of Art (Southampton University), most of which took place at their campus in Barcelona. Her interest in Architecture, perspective and space is reflected in her work. A huge studio in Barcelona gave her the opportunity to experiment with different scales and materials, and to even try out installations.
Back in London as a young artist, with her own studio in the East of the city, Yoko continued to develop her printmaking skills, especially by regularly attending printmaking workshops at Morley College. This is where she really learnt all kinds of skills in printmaking, deepened her knowledge and polished her techniques.
Yoko won a number of awards, such as an Artist in Residence in Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor (Northern Ireland), or the Artists Access to Art Colleges National Scheme, providing her access to the printmaking studio at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. She won prestigious prizes including a “Special Commendation” at the Jerwood Drawing competition (at the time called the Cheltenham Open Drawing), a “Highly Commended” award at the renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, and others.
She exhibited widely around Europe. Samples of her artwork can be found in public collections in England (e.g. at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London) and in Germany (at Bavarian State Painting Collections).
In addition to producing her own artwork, Yoko is also an experienced teacher and lecturer.
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