Dreams may be described as fragments of our memories reassembled to create meaning. In Arisa Yoshioka's paintings, these fragments mysteriously emerge from their surfaces, awash in soft breaths of color. They unfold before our eyes like ancient fairy tales, where faces and fractioned limbs disintegrate amongst delicate patterns and tangled brushwork, echoing the distressed tapestries of early Tibetan Thangka. Working primarily in oil on linen or burlap supports, her subdued palette and diaphanous brushwork conjure the earliest works of post-impressionists like Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, yet her use of recurrent motifs and collaged space owes much to the work of the surrealists.
In a practice informed by the past, but grounded in modernity, Yoshioka's approach to painting is a mixture of intuition and investigation which effortlessly brings nostalgia to the present. Her paintings embody an intimate poeticism that balances elegance with naiveté, where visions coalesce and promise a momentary glimpse into a magical universe.
Arisa Yoshioka is a self taught artist who was born in Mongolia and raised in Tokyo. She currently lives and works in New York.
Arisa YoshiokaAccessories thief, 2022oil on linen26 x 24 in
66 x 61 cm
Arisa YoshiokaAfter hibernation, 2022oil on burlap12 x 10 in
30.5 x 25.4 cm
Arisa YoshiokaJugoya and the last firework of the year, 2022oil on linen16 x 14 in
40.6 x 35.6 cm
Arisa YoshiokaLetter from the sun, 2022oil on linen16 x 18 in
40.6 x 45.7 cm
Arisa YoshiokaMidnight sun, 2022oil on linen12 x 15 in
30.5 x 38.1 cm
Arisa YoshiokaThe devil rejoices, 2022oil on burlap12 x 12 in
30.5 x 30.5 cm
Arisa YoshiokaZashiki warashi’s I met in the forest, 2022gouache on paper10 1/2 x 9 1/2 in
26.5 x 24 cm
Slight of HandSmall works by contemporary artists November 1 - December 31, 2022A group exhibition of small works by contemporary artists, curated by mepaintsme.
Featured Artists: Lisha Bai, Beni Bischof, Marcus Bjernerup, Nina Bovasso, João Braun, Isabel Cavenecia, Katerina Christidi, Jennifer Coates, JJ Cromer, Christopher Charles Curtis, Mary DeVincentis, Ben Diller, Alexandra Duprez, David Dupuis, Herbert Edwards, Ian Felice, Matthew F Fisher, Peter Gallo, Catherine Haggarty, Valerie Hammond, Marcy Hermansader, Matt Jones, David Joel Kitcher, Robert Kraiss, Judith Linhares, Richard McGuire, Ash Mckean, Keiko Narahashi, Megan Nugroho, Nicholas Payne, Christopher Peterson, Jenna Ransom, Heidrun Rathgeb, Tornike Robakidze, Lieke Romeijn, Aurélie Salavert, Christian Schumann, Elizabeth Shull, Benjamin Terrell, Jason Thompson, Adam Tullie, Marenne Welten, Kim Westfall, Irem Yazici, Shai Yehezkelli, Arisa Yoshioka