A Portfolio of Illustrative Pop-Art Portraits by Yume
Yume is a Japanese artist currently based in Orange County, California. The artist’s portfolio is packed with stylized, illustrative pop-art portraits and explorations into everything from TV characters to popular brands.
I like the way Yume uses colour throughout her portfolio. The artist tends toward uniform, complementary colour palettes, often using highly saturated pigments across the whole canvas. Solitary, central figures -- often female, often characters from contemporary media -- dominate the artist’s portfolio. Yume’s most recent works, from 2019, combine recognizable characters with popular branding, utilizing a visual language that hearkens back to Andy Warhol’s use of Campbell’s soup cans, albeit with a more illustrative, figure-focused approach.
The artist’s Insects series showcases the playful, humorous aspects of Yume’s portfolio. In these works, insects combine with -- and in some cases stand in for -- human figures in various postures and settings.