Yumiko Kayukawa p1

READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. This issue features Yumiko Kayukawa, whose beautiful paintings, full of color and movement, and touches of humor, combine elements from traditional Japanese art with manga and other influences. Ms Kayukawa's paintings often show her concern for animals and nature and highlights the dangers they face. Ms Kayukawa is also interested in the criminal mind, and recommends a favorite Japanese mystery author in this interview. For this issue also, I went along to see eco-theologian Father Sean McDonagh speak about the Laudato si. This was Pope Francis’s encyclical on the need to protect animals and nature.

READERSVOICE.COM: Your book Japanese Wolf from 2013 had many of your paintings. Is there a book planned with all your works, from recent years, too, that includes paintings like Umi No Onna (Woman of the Sea), Koori No Nai Sekai (The world with no ice), Onna No Jikan (Lady’s Time), Ama Virejji (Pearl Diver Village) and the pastel colored picture Come Play With Little Twin Stars. They are beautiful paintings.

YUMIKO KAYUKAWA: Thank you! Japanese Wolf is the collection of my work from 2006 – 2012. Currently I don’t have plans for another book. But things can change!

RV: On your Facebook you have pencil drawings you made for your paintings. These look great, and I was wondering if you planned on doing just pencil drawings in future.

YK: These pencil drawings are sketches before painting, Drawing is always fun, and I might try more in the future. But right now I am enjoying working with sumi ink and brush, as well as painting.

RV: I liked the beer coaster pictures for the 3rd Annual Coaster Show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Do you like doing group shows or solo shows the most, and do you have any exhibitions coming up soon?

YK: My most recent coaster show was in Portland at Nucleus gallery.

I love both solo or group shows, but I will take any opportunity for a show that I feel like I fit in. Next one is February 2017, a Hayao Miyazaki inspired group exhibition at the Spoke Art, SF. I also have a solo show in the works. But It’s too early for any details.

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