“Stillness and movement are always together in life. My imagination is moved by the stillness of an empty bowl; the ocean crashes against the unmoving shore; sitting still in my garden at night a plane flies overhead through slowly moving stars. When the world is still, my mind moves: When the world moves, my mind is still.” Yoko Akino
Yoko Akino uses the principles of minimalism and stillness to render her works as a dreamlike, dissociative narrative. Her distinctive compositions frequently contain pared down expanses of vivid colour, adjacent to detailed blocks of patterned lines, that create a sense of momentum, drawing the viewer into her work. She is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading printmakers.
Akino was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied drawing from a young age. Having spent four years as a draftsperson in an architect’s practice in Tokyo she returned to Kyoto in 1991, where she produced a collection of line drawings incorporating gauche. Akino moved to Dublin 1996, and is a member of Graphic Studio Dublin. She was honoured with the O’Sullivan Graphic Supplies prize for ‘Best Print’ at the RHA annual exhibition in 2007. In 2008 she participated in a two-person show called ‘Is this real?’ at the Graphic Studio Gallery, and a Graphic Studio Dublin group show at the National Gallery of Ireland, entitled ‘Revelation’, where her work was selected as the cover illustration. Her work was presented at Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London, 2018, by Graphic Studio Gallery.
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