Yuka Kashihara

  • Installation view from “Repeating Traces” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2013 © Yuka Kashihara photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Repeating Traces” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2013 © Yuka Kashihara photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Repeating Traces” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2013 © Yuka Kashihara photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Thousand Years, 2012 tempera and oil on canvas 180.5 x 260.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Gathering, 2013 tempera and oil on canvas 30.5 x 40.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • ヤマヤマ, 2012 tempera and oil on canvas 30.5 x 40.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Sky Lake, 2013 tempera and oil on canvas 170.0 x 250.5 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Whereabouts, 2012 ©Yuka Kashihara
  • プール / Pool, 2012 tempera and oil on canvas 30.5 x 40.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Transport II, 2012 tempera and oil on canvas 50.5 x 60.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • パラレンズ / Paralens, 2012 oil on canvas 125.5 x 160.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Transport, 2012 tempera and oil on canvas 140.5 x 200.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • installation view from [ Transition ] at TKG Editions Kyoto, 2012 ©Yuka Kashihara
  • installation view from [ Transition ] at TKG Editions Kyoto, 2012 ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 内 / innen, 2010 oil on canvas 100.0 x 130.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • カッパドキア / kapadokya, 2010 oil on canvas 120.0 x 160.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 山を掘る, 2010 tempera and oil on canvas 120.0 x 160.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 出口 / Ausgang, 2010 oil on canvas 100.0 x 140.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 外 / Aussen, 2010 tempera and oil on canvas 100.0 x 130.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 山の山 / Berg auf Berg, 2010 tempera and oil on canvas 100.0 x 120.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • 塩山 / Salz Berg, 2010 tempera and oil on canvas 80.0 x 100.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Portal, 2011 acrylic and oil on canvas 120.0 x 160.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • Dazwischen, 2011 oil on canvas 30.0 x 42.0 cm ©Yuka Kashihara
  • installation view from [ Amid ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2011 ©Yuka Kashihara
  • installation view from [ Amid ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2011 ©Yuka Kashihara

Yuka Kashihara uses oil paint applied in a thinly diffuse manner similar to that of Japanese nihonga painting, and by applying it in numerous layers she is able to create a unique depth of color. Within the world of her artworks, scenes from both reality and the spaces of the internal imagination are gently interwoven. Against this backdrop, having left Japan and moved to Germany where she continued developing her practice, Kashihara acquired an interest in the ‘distance’ between the internal and the external. This included the physical distance between Japan and Germany; and further, the distance herself as a Japanese person and herself while in Germany. This becomes expressed symbolically as an introspective speculation in the forms of the motifs of caves, holes, mountains and lakes which she repeatedly takes up within her work, and through this process of sublimation it is as though the original energies which lie dormant within the great Earth have become awakened.

Yuka Kashihara was born in 1980 in Hiroshima Prefecture. In 2006 she graduated from the Japanese Painting Department of Musashino Art University. In the same year she moved to Germany, and in 2013 she acquired a Diploma from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. In 2015, she was named a Meisterschüler (Masters graduate) of the same academy, studying under Professor Annette Schröter. In 2008 she exhibited at the Bauhuas Dessau Foundation in Shakkei (“borrowed scenery”), a solo show curated by research scholar Torsten Blume of the same Foundation, and in 2012 she exhibited in VOCA, Tokyo, where she received both the Honourable Mention Award and the Ohara Museum of Art Award.

1980 Born in Hiroshima, Japan
2006 B.F.A in Japanese Painting, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
2012 Stayed in Germany under POLA Art Foundation Grants Program
2013 Completed Diploma in Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany
2015 Completed Meisterschüler in Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany (under Prof. Annette Schroeter)

Lives and works in Germany

Solo exhibitions

2017 "Self Similar" Gallery Martin Mertens, Berlin, Germany
2016 "First Island - Last Mountain" Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
"Sky-Eye Weaver" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2013 "Repeating Traces" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2012 "Transition" TKG Editions Kyoto
2011 "Amid" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2008 "Shakkei " ("borrowed scenery") Bauhaus Dessau, Germany

Group exhibitions

2016 "Klassen Treffen" Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany

Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
2015 "Malerinnen aus Leipzig" Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Leipzig, Germany

8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2014 POLA MUSEUM ANNEX, Tokyo
"Ohara Contemporary at Musabi" Musashino Art University Museum, Tokyo
"Kein Spaß“, Masterclass Exhibition, Dresden, Germany
2013 "Kein Spaß“, Masterclass Exhibition, Erfurt, Germany
"Ohara Contemporary" Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
"Why not live for Art? II -9 collectors reveal their treasures" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
2012 “VOCA '12” The Ueno Royal Museum of Art, Tokyo
2011 “Mind the Gap” Specks Hof, Leipzig, Germany

2008 Galerie Burgstrasse, Halle, Germany

2007 Galerie Burgstrasse, Halle, Germany

Public collections

The Daiichi Life Insurance Company, Japan
Kunsthalle der Sparkasse, Germany
Ohara Museum of Art, Japan

Awards

2013 the Honourable Mention Award, the Ohara Museum of Art Award, VOCA '12