Yukari Blair

Collection

About the artist:

I have travelled to about 20 countries and visited cities and villages all over the world.

I have been impressed by the beauty of European cities and villages.

It was the first time I was moved to tears to see a city that still looked so majestic after hundreds or thousands of years.

I'm glad I was born!

I was glad to be alive.

I felt the joy of life when I saw the wonderful scenery.

I also saw a sculpture in Europe that suddenly shook the earth and made me dizzy. I was amazed by the influence of art.

In 2015, I travelled to Italy alone.

And it was on this trip that I had the most amazing experience.

The people I met on my trip were friendly and helpful.

They welcomed me as a stranger and congratulated me.

I felt the joy of being born into this world from the bottom of my heart, something I had never experienced in Japan.

This experience made me realise that I don't have to try to be something I'm not, that I'm already great just the way I am.

It also made me realise that not only I, but everyone in the world, is already great just the way they are, and that everyone is unique and valuable.

When I realised this, I felt every cell in my body rejoice.

I wanted to share this with as many people as possible.

In 2019, my father passed away.

My father's death led me to go to school for psychology, where I had the opportunity to draw with crayons.

I was fascinated by the colours and nostalgia of crayons, but most of all by the joy of expressing myself through drawing.

I began to draw with crayons and oil pastels the landscapes that had touched my heart during my travels around the world, and the cats I had met.

And although I have seen many of their works in museums, my favourites are those by Basquiat and Marie Laurencin. I realised that I liked their original style, painted in a childlike way.

Their paintings influenced me and convinced me that if I painted in my own original style, I could convey the importance of individuality.

I was convinced that I could convey the importance of individuality and the joy of living that I felt in southern Italy.

I decided to show through my paintings that everything we are born with is a unique treasure and that all expression is a joy of life.

I have never studied painting, and I never will.

Therefore I think I can convey what I felt during my travels: that people are wonderful just the way they are.

Everyone is wonderful just the way they are.

That's why I paint.

Awards

2021  Excellence Award

"Exhibition "Miyabi - A Person for whom Hakutsuru Sake suits

In Gallery IYN/Osaka Japan

Activity history

Lisa Galletti (art curator in Milan, Italy)

critiqued 

"Yukari's art is all about freedom, a mirror of the ego without restrictions or regulations that comes directly from the deepest part of her soul".

2019 

Art Event shop in Omihachiman/Shiga Japan

OminoyumefuukeiExhibition 

In Seian University of Art and Design / Shiga Japan

Online Radio Dream no Tane Broadcast Station

Guest appearance in "Non-chan and shall we dance"

Art shop opening "Moriyamaichi" 

Unoke / Shiga Japan

2020

Pastel x Vivid exhibition

AAA Gallery / Kanagawa Japan

2021

Exhibited at the 2nd National Cat Exhibition "Megamanmaru".

Gallery GEORGE / Kyoto Japan

Yukari Blair Solo exhibition "World is Wonderful"

 Santai137 / Shiga Japan

Exhibition "Miyabi - The person who is suitable for Hakutsuru's sake".

Gallery IYN / Osaka Japan

Event shop "Iina Meguri" 

Unoke / Shiga Japan

International Contemporary Art Exhibition

 "ALDILA" 

M.A.D.S Art Gallery /Milan, Italy and Fuerteventura, Spain

IYN Art Festival in Kobe Hankyu

Hyogo Japan

VIFAF v.2 exhibition

World Of Crete/Crete Greece