Yasuko Hayashi

Born in 1974, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Painting (Japanese Painting). Since 2003, she has held solo exhibitions and participated in numerous art fairs in Japan, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Her works are acclaimed in both Europe and Asia. She is a rising star in the young contemporary art.

Hayashi uses an abstract realism as a mean to depict the inner worlds of the eastern women. She mainly works with the traditional Japanese painting, which is delicate, pure and exquisite. Her work is devoid of the superficial breeze that some other Japanese paintings exhibits when they fail to portrait something beyond a very apparent and depthless surface; there is a generous and heart-rendering oriental philosophy beneath her complex layers. There is an indescribable sense of mystery and a profound serenity in the landscapes she depicts, a viewer might not only be amazed by the almost palpable thickness of the layers and her layered context, but also yearn the mystic lands in her paintings. The atmosphere she creates on the work, ensnares the viewer’s mind and heart, and by her distinguished skills, she exalts the experience of the viewers to that of a common, but rich and expansive spiritual sense. These sceneries are ethereal, and peaceful, and silently in progress, an affection stemming from the origin of life she creates come into full bloom.


~What is the first thing a person sees? How does it feel like to see that object? ~

When encountering an object for the first time, I notice the shape, color, texture, and atmosphere that lead me to feel a pure sense of playful curiosity. After the encounter, the memory and experience that become engraved in my mind are completely unknown feelings that make me want to dig deeper into my memory to explore…to understand it more deeply…

The constant interaction during this exploration process brings out nostalgic feelings for objects that I had not previously encountered. It spawns a passion that surpasses common sense. Unreservedly, I keep my heart open, allowing myself to enjoy the dialogue between the object and my heart. This is the thing that I pay the most attention to in my creations. If someone asks me, “what is art?”, I am absolutely unable to answer them. Art cannot be described using words. It is a broad, vague, and all-encompassing thing which can be observed and interpreted by both the creator and viewer.

For me, creating art is interesting because a large part of it involves manifesting things into existence. Through the continuous movement of my two hands, colors are willfully stacked, reduced, and passed over each other. Then, they are stacked again…. Seeing the vast world reconstructed on a piece of paper brings me joy. I am very grateful for the experiences which have shaped me and the mineral pigments I paint with. Without either one, I cannot create. I do not know what I will create next, and am curious of how I might change as an artist. However, I do know that I will always want my works to bring out a viewer’s memory of past objects and feelings. (Self-portrait)

The Secret Place – Yasuko Hayashi

48 pieces of sincere paintings of imagined scenery. Modern Japanese artist Yasuko Hayashi presents to you a chance to tour the secret garden. At the rendezvous of souls, the essence of the world will be revealed.

Moon and the Tree, You and I:Yasuko Hayashi

Pictures of dreams and abstractness, her works are a portal for viewers to travel to a plethora of magical illusions she crafted. Amidst a shower of the silvery moonlight, Yasuo Hayashi illustrates her understanding of the universe, and praises an invisible power that shines within it.