Artist's Statement

ABOUT YU KURAMITSU

Biography

Spirits—this is my theme when I create a work by oil painting. 
As I believe that art is a way to think about life and death and can express feeling and thought, I pursue how the spirit reflects art. 
 
I love to express especially love, pleasure, sorrow, and agony by painting lights. I want to express through my work that without love, people perish. I want my work to have the viewer step forward thinking about what is precious in the life, and keep having a comfortable and unforgettable feeling even after viewing my works. 

 

Sorrow seems to run for a long time as in Russian winter or seems to be never taken away. Surrounded by sorrow, my work also falls into it. Someday as beautiful spring comes to Russia, shiny light reaches to your spirit. Instead of letting sorrowing remain your spirit, I want my work to change it into hope. My exhibition "Hope—overcoming the disaster" addressed the importance to have hope for living along with people's sorrow and agony to the disaster. I expressed the preciousness of person's existence by the relationship between man and woman. This work reflected spirit's cry. My works questions what the life is and what the death is to viewers.  

Phtographed by Igor Orlov

Yu Kuramitsu (1990, Kanagawa) is a Japanese artist. She started taking private art lessons at Atelier Kawado at the age of 10 to study Fine Arts. She enhanced her sensibility painting by oil or pastel for 12 years of Ms. Kawado's lessons. When she was 12 years old, her grandfather died who she loved. A short moment after her grandfather's death brought her to the way to think about life and death. Additionally, because of her weak hearing in childhood, she saw paintings were a way to express feeling and thought. From then, she has been pursuing how the spirit reflects a painting.

 

Yu went to Yaei East high school to study Fine Arts. To train art skill, she and the other art students went to Italy. While they were flying to Italy, she saw a beautiful Siberian mountains covered with snow and a small church. This moment never went away from her memory. 2 years after this moment, she participated in the Japan-Russia Student Forum. The Russian students urged her to go to Russia. In 2010, she first visited Saint Petersburg, Russia. Then, Yu decided in her mind to paint in Saint Petersburg someday.

 

In 2012, Yu finally got a chance to participate in artist in residency in Pushkinskaya 10, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her exhibition achieved to be a part of the event "Japanese Spring" supported by Japanese Consulate in Saint Petersburg. She loves to work in Russia as she again had a collective exhibition in the Museum of Non-Conformist Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2015.

 

Yu's paintings using oil, acrylic, pastel or ink express human's spirits--joy in the relationship, happiness in the daily life, agony and sorrow in the depth of the heart. She enjoys painting a family or human to express these emotions. Yu's art is mostly abstract, and every scene on her paintings comes from her imagination. Colors she uses harmonize each other so they do not give a discomfort feeling to the viewers. Her paintings are always soft as she believes that human's heart sometimes needs to be soft to harmonize in this society. Her art with invisible strokes express a beauty of harmony.