Yukari Motoyama

Yukari Motoyama was born in 1992 in Aichi prefecture. She received an M.F.A in Oil Painting from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts in 2017. Since 2015 she has engaged in her “Drawing Paper” series that are produced through deconstructing and reconstructing elements that constitute painting. In this series, motifs selected from a large number of drawings drawn on a digital monitor are depicted using black and white acrylic paint on a support medium of transparent acrylic board. The works that illustrate inverted images of the drawings on acrylic are presented to the viewer with the painted surface facing up against the wall. Motoyama’s works, through their several inversions, the co-occurrence of base (picture plane) and figure (painted subject), along with characteristic depictions of motifs that are symbolized by means of black lines, occupy an extremely rare position as image generating devices that take on the structure of painting.


Her recent exhibitions include, “Tokyo Fortune Journey” (2018, Volvo Studio Aoyama, Tokyo), “paint( )ings” (Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, 2018), “Here and beyond” (2017, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, 2017), and “Uragoe de Uta-e” (Oyama City Kurumaya Museum of Art, 2017).