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Large-Scale Drawings by Yusuke Asai


An installation view of an earth-coloured drawing on the walls of a galleryYamatane, pigmented earth on gallery walls

Yusuke Asai is a Japanese artist whose work emulates the traditional and folk art styles of many different cultures, often in the form of large-scale drawings that often take up entire rooms in galleries or outdoor spaces. Aside from a high-school ceramics course, Asai is a self-taught artist, and it’s lovely to see his own personal explorations and research coming to fruition in his works.

 


The interior of a classroom painted with various intertwining figuresSprouting Life in the Forest - Fatherly Tree, Motherly Mountain, soil, water and acrylic on walls

In some of his room-wide installations, Asai uses soil or natural clay as a medium. This results in an image composed of deep, earthy tones – browns, tans and oranges – that lends an aged look to the walls. These paintings remind me in colour of ancient ceramics with intricate designs painted on them.

 

A more recent work of Asai’s features designs painted in blue on strips of canvas that are then stretched across a gallery space, from floor to ceiling, like a spiders web. The blue designs are like what one might see on fine china dishes, recalling the images of birds, plants and water.

 


A web of canvases with blue images painting on them, hung in a gallery spaceCreating Here, canvas, marker and paper installation


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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